the great questions

 


Intelligent design

Accident or Design?

 

According to the Discovery Institue, Intelligent Design is the theory that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.

 

The universe is complex, perfectly ordered and full of design. It is too perfect, beautiful and purposeful to be and accident and therefore necessitates a designer - God.

 

If a pocket watch were to be examined, for instance, with all its moving parts and carefully placed gears, does it make more sense to attribute its origin to an intelligent designer or to mere chance? What are the odds of all those elements coming together in a perfect way? What are the odds of that happening throughout all the universe and will all living things? The human eye alone is far more complex than a pocket watch.

Not Just a Christian Position

 

Plato and Aristotle
Plato and Aristotle

 

Christians are not the only ones to hold a view of a grand designer. Plato, Aristotle and the Muslim philosopher Averroes all developed arguments based on the universe's apparent design.

The Great Questions of Life | What is the truth about God?

What is the truth about god? [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [part 4]

How Can You Know the Truth?

There are several viable ways that you can know the truth about God. You can know the truth about Him by looking at His works, from the testimony of others, or through personal experience.

By Looking at His Works

You can learn some things about a person by looking at his work. The Bible says that God can be seen in His creation. When you look at the world that God has made, you know that He is very wise and powerful. "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." ( Romans 1:20).

From Others

You can find out the truth about a person from those who know him personally. In the Bible we read thrilling accounts of many people who knew God personally. Abraham was called the friend of God, a man of great faith and obedience. King David was saved many times from danger, and many times he sang the praises of the Lord who had protected him. You can know more about God by exploring the stories of the characters in the Bible. In their stories we see God talking with them, solving their problems, and supplying their needs. He healed their bodies and gave them strength and joy. God hasn't changed. On every continent today you can find thousands of people who know and love God.

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
(Bible, 1 John 1:3)

Through Personal Experience

You can know a person by living, talking, and working together with him. God wanted us to know Him in this way, so He sent His Son Jesus Christ to live among men. Jesus is just like His Father, so in Him you can see the nature of God. You can know God through Christ

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
(Bible, Hebrews 1:1-3)

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, He will reveal God to you. As you talk with Him in prayer and read His Word, you will experience His presence and come to know Him in a way you never dreamed was possible.

Some Thoughts For You

Listed below are five ways to get acquainted with God. Are you coming to know Him through all of them? Which, of the ones listed, do you need to begin to do or do more?

· Appreciating His works in nature

· Listening to people who know God

· Reading His book, the Bible

· Learning about His Son, Jesus Christ

· Talking with God personally in prayer

 

 

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