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Creation bears evidence that "God is".
pp. 70 - 73
We have already seen in our opening study that creation implies a purpose, and as we
proceed it becomes clear that this purpose necessitates a Person.
It is one thing to be confident that one is right, it is another thing to be able to
convince others. For ourselves we are convinced that creation and its implications are at
the very root of revelation, redemption and ultimate restoration. We recognize, however,
that the reader has the right to ask for evidence before acknowledging the truth of this
statement. We are writing for those to whom the testimony of Scripture is final, and we
therefore pass over without comment the philosopher's pursuit of the Absolute, and
content ourselves with the fact that Scripture does appeal to the works of creation as
sufficient evidence of a Creator. This being granted, the rest follows.
Let us take a simple argument first:
"He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see?"
(Psa. 94: 9).
Could anything be more direct and simple than these questions? Yet is there any
argument invented by man that can abate their force? For the moment, however, we are
not so much concerned with the power of the argument, but simply with the establishing
of the fact that such argument is Scriptural.
The basic doctrine of Christianity is perhaps, justification by Faith, and it is therefore
interesting to find that this doctrine is introduced into the experience of man and into the
pages of Scripture by a reference to Creation.
"And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the
stars, if thou be able to number them. And He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And
he believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness" (Gen. 15: 5, 6).
Should anyone object that while Genesis is the first book of the Bible, Abraham's
experience in Gen. 15: actually occurred after the experience of Job, we would point out
that the answer in the Book of Job to the question: "How shall man be just with God?"
(Job 9: 2) is the overwhelming answer of Creation. "Who can read the opening verses of
Job 38: unmoved? "Where wast thou when I laid the foundation of the earth?"
(verse 4). And as we read on through the remaining chapters to the end, we discover that
a view of the magnificence of creation was all that was necessary to humble Job and to
convince him of his need of righteousness.
As the Psalmist writes: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament
sheweth His handywork" (Psa. 19: 1).