I have proposed that not only the existence of God, but the God Who really exists can be known because He has revealed Himself. I propose that there is an overwhelming volume of evidence that can best be explained as examples of God’s self-revelation showing us that He exists and what He is like. In this blog, I want to show that the Bible itself tells us that we can know God because He has revealed Himself through many means. Each of these areas of revelation can be investigated objectively as scientific models investigating whether or not the God’s revelation model is better than any naturalistic model.
The Bible clearly states that God reveals Himself through creation (Job. 38-41; Ps. 8:3,4; 19:1-6; Mt. 6:25-30) This is so powerful that God says that the revelation of God through creation leaves every human without excuse (Rom. 1:19, 20). God also reveals Himself through His word written down by Holy Men (Ps. 19:7-11; Rom. 2:17,18; 3:1,2; II Cor. 3:18; II Pe. 1:19-21). Those who are waiting for a message from God to believe in Him need only to read the message He has given. God has most personally revealed Himself through the Son incarnated, Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:18; 14:7-9; Col. 1:15; 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3). Those who say that they would believe God exists if He would only come to earth to reveal Himself need only to investigate the life of Jesus Christ to see God revealed in the flesh. Not only are these external revelations clear, but there is also the internal revelation God has placed in every man that God exists (Ps. 14:1; Jn. 1:9; Rom. 1:28,32; 2:14-16). Skeptics need to ask themselves why they are so certain that there is an objective good and evil or why humans pursue a reason for their own existence if there is no God. Furthermore, there is the revelation of God through the witness of millions of Christians throughout history and in this present day (Matthew 5:13-16; I Cor. 5:17; II Cor. 4:5-7; Gal. 1:15, 16; 3:1; Eph. 1:6-12; I Thess. 1:9, 10). This witness is corroborated by greatly transformed lives and the phenomena of history-changing revivals. Finally, The Holy Spirit himself directly reveals His reality and presence through conviction (Jn. 15:7-14; Rom. 8:14-16; Eph. 1:13,14; I Jn. 2:21). Ultimately, each individual needs to respond to His working of revelation in their lives. The Bible, then, gives us avenues of investigation. If one really wants to know if there is a God, they may know by seeking Him investigating His self-revelation through these means (Heb. 11:6).
In my coming blogs I plan to develop this outline more. In each of these areas there is a battle of worldviews. How can we best explain the easily-observed data? Does an atheistic worldview better explain what we observe or does a self-revelation of God worldview? This kind of investigation is little different from scientific studies comparing various proposed models to explain directly-observed phenomena to better understand what cannot be observed directly. There are things everyone accepts as true that cannot be directly observed (Atheists believe in the standard model of cosmology, including cosmic inflation and the origin of life from non-living chemicals though neither has been observed directly); hence, it is unfair and illogical o reject God’s existence just because He cannot be directly observed today. A reasonable person, therefore, should be willing to embark on such a study. Lord willing, I will point to the observable self-revelation of God which demonstrates his existence. It is my desire that my attempt will be used by the Holy Spirit to work in hearts revealing the reality of God.