Last Friday night, Stephane and I had a night at the movies where we watch the new Disneynature film “Earth”. We loved it! Over the course of a calendar year, Earth takes the viewer on a journey from the North Pole to the South Pole, revealing how plants and animals respond to the power of the sun and the changing seasons. The film focuses on three particular species, the polar bear, African elephant and humpback whale. We were left in awe by the beauty of God’s creation and the wonder of life. The only problem with the movie was that there was absolutely no mention of God! Not that I am surprised, but what a shame that the very One who spoke the world into existence and created everything that we were watching was not even mentioned.
During the movie, Steph asked me the classic question: – how could people think that all this just happened? It seems as though the more I learn and discover about the world and the wonders of God’s creation, it becomes ever more inconceivable that something as complex and intricately designed as our planet could simply have happened by chance and evolved into what we see today. But yet just because we, as Christians, think that it is plain to see that there had to be intelligent design, does not mean that most people will agree with our position. In fact, most don’t. Listen to what it says in 2 Corinthians 4:4. “In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Let me just do a short exposition on this passage (would you expect anything else from a pastor?). For all those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ (who is the fullness of God in human form), the god of this world, aka Satan, has blinded them from seeing the light of the gospel. In other words, Satan has blinded the world from seeing the truth. So no matter how much evidence you throw in the direction of an unbeliever, they can’t see it – they are blind. I got a kick out of the title of Ray Comfort’s new book – “You can lead an atheist to evidence but you can’t make him think.” Funny, and true, but it’s also sad that so many people just don’t get it. So it should not come as a surprise that when a person does not believe in Jesus Christ, they also miss the obvious – namely, the necessity of a Creator God.
Let me quote one more passage. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20) Scripture is clear – men are without excuse because God’s general revelation plainly speaks of Him. So for the person who doesn’t have a Bible, and has never heard the name of Jesus, they are still held accountable. My advice to you is don’t waste your time trying to argue someone into the Kingdom. Yes, show them as much evidence as you can, but be persistent in prayer for them and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.