|Some say that God wrote the Bible. At least they say that God inspired
the Bible. If that is true, then God created the universe and the
human soul also. This might be painfully self-evident. But, this idea
has logical consequences.
If God inspired the Bible, then he created the universe
also. The Bible says so. If he created the universe, then he put
something of himself into the universe. The universe contains a message
from God. At least the universe contains a message about its creator,
much as Falling Water tells us something about Frank Lloyd Wright.
Thus, the universe will teach us something about God and how he created
it. The universe will not lie unless God designed a lie into it.
Also, God created the human soul. The Bible says so. And as much as
the universe tells us about its creator, so does the human soul. The
Bible even says that he designed the human soul in his
own image. So the nature of God exists within the human soul.
If it doesn't, then the Bible is not true.
So if the Bible is true, then the message of God can be found in three
places: the Bible, the universe, and the human soul. The universe
gives us many messages. We have dinosaur
fossils, and trilobites,
strata on earth.
We see craters
on every planet and our own moon. We see isotopes and patterns of
radioactive decay. We see parallax between the stars, spectra and
red shifts within their light.
The universe sends us many messages. To say that these messages are
not true is to say that God is a liar, because he put those messages
there. The messages teach us of billions of years of history before
mankind. They tell us of unusual living things and entire ecosystems
that have come and gone. They tell us of many species and many changes.
These things are part of the message that God has designed into his
universe. To discredit these messages is to call God a liar.
God also wrote messages into our souls. We know our desires, our fears,
our ability to interpret and understand what we see. These are all
part of God's design. Even our ability to read the messages of the
universe is part of God's design. The messages in the universe along
with our ability to read those messages work together as part of God's
design. So God's message is within your own heart and your own mind.
When you struggle to believe something, do you doubt? We've all
talked to many who do. That doubt
is part of God's design. As you go through the stages of life and
your needs, beliefs,
and desires change - the very need for your beliefs to change
is part of God's design. Even your desires are part of God's design.
When you meditate, pray, or sing spiritual songs, these are all
what God planted in you. But not just in you. People all over the
world meditate, and pray, and sing spiritual songs. The Old Testament
saints became holy not by reading any scriptures, for scriptures
did not exist at that time, but simply by accepting the messages
that their creator had put in their hearts. Similarly, people all
over the world experience what the Old Testament saints experienced,
for the God's design is within them regardless of what they believe.
So what do you do when the messages written on the universe are
different from those you are told are in the Bible? The messages
written on the universe were written by God, and never changed by
any man. Do you call God a liar? Do you claim that the fossils and
light spectra give false messages?
When the messages in your own heart differ from those that preachers
say, are in the Bible what do you do? Do you reject the instruction
that God has placed in your own heart? When God has given you the
power to reason, do you reject your own power instead to follow
religious leaders blindly? When God has placed within your own heart
the instruction of doubt, do you reject instruction of the inner
voice given to you by God and turn to blind-faith in the instructions
of men? Do you reject the feelings, the love, the desires, the peace-
all feelings that God has given you to feel?
Many Bible teachers say we must follow them blindly. They say we
must reject the messages that God wrote onto nature and into our
hearts. They say that when nature differs from their interpretation
of the Bible that nature is wrong. They say that the messages in
your heart are wrong. But, in saying this, they make
God out to be a liar. They say that the messages that God put
into nature, and into your heart, are lies. So which do you believe?
The God that has designed nature, and put his image on your heart,
or the preacher who with pride
tells you otherwise?