What The Bible Revelation Says About God

Reasoning of the kind which Socrates used comes near to proof. But it

can never actually prove the existence of God. The mind of man is so

constituted that it dislikes the notion of Laws without a Lawgiver.

Evolution is a law which is found to hold in many cases, and is often

assumed, with much probability, to hold in other cases. And it is a

Law which exhibits the most beautiful adjustments in its working. We

ally are impelled to ask further back for the maker of this Law.

The Revelation which is written in the Bible, and which has been held

true from distant ages by good men, is a Revelation which appeals to a

higher quality in man than even his intellect. It appeals to his

faith. The Bible evidence of God's existence is consistent with

reason, and grounded on faith.

We should be able to find many texts which state God's existence, His

Unity, His Omnipotence, His Omniscience. We prefer however to refer

the student to whole Books and long passages: such, for instance, as

the training of Israel to worship God--the awe and reverence which

appear in all the language about God--the consistent Holiness of His

character as presented in all the Books. From the first words of the

Bible, In the beginning God created, to its last chapter (Rev. xxi.

5), Behold I make all things new, it is a Revelation of the Creator.

The following may be remembered:

Deut. iv. (35) 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thy

heart, that the LORD he is God in {105} heaven above, and upon the

earth beneath: there is none else. 1 Kings viii. (Solomon's Prayer).

Isaiah xl. 12-31, xlv. Job xxxviii-xli.

The argument of Socrates pointed to a Creator who loves men. The Bible

declares God to be a Loving Father. Deut. xxxii. 6. Is not he thy

father that bought thee? Deut. i. 31. The LORD thy God bare thee, as

a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went. Acts xvii.

22-31. S. Paul at Athens. vv. 24-28. The God that made the world .

. . made of one every nation . . . that they should seek God . . .: for

in him we live, and move, and have our being; . . . as certain even of

your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Further He is revealed as the Father of Jesus. S. John xx. 17. I

ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

S. John xiv. 12, 13 . . . I go unto the Father. And whatsoever ye

shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified

in the Son. S. Matth. xi. 27. All things have been delivered unto me

of my Father, and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither

knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son

will reveal him.

The Love of the Father towards men is shown by His tenderness towards

them. Rom. viii. 39, (nothing) shall be able to separate us from the

love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. v. 8, God commendeth

his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died

for us. Psalm ciii. describes this tenderness, showing (v. 6) that

God's judgments against oppression are a kindness to the weak. So in

{106} many other places. Note also that vice and crime are an injury

to the wicked, and a burden to others. Hence God's hatred of sin is a

sign of His Love.

Thus the first paragraph of this Creed is an Act of Worship, from

children towards their Father, as well as from the creatures of God's

hand towards their God.