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Creation Creates Agnostics

I have great sympathy for agnostics.

In many ways I understand their struggle…the feeling that there is a supreme being, yet not seeing a witness of this overwhelming presence of “God” in everyday life. Don’t get me wrong I am personally convinced of the historicity of Jesus Christ and see the handiwork of the Creator in the world that surrounds us.

But the scripture is clear that seeing God’s beauty in creation is not enough to know God personally.

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 1:20

The creation shows us there is a “God” but it does not tell us who he is. Theologians call this sort of thing General Revelation. In other words, no matter where you go in the world every people group will see the created order and know that some sort of divine being has set things in motion.

However… if you think about it creation at its best can only create agnostics.

No one will ever look at sunset and come to faith in Jesus. You may know that there is a God, but you will not know how to commune with him or to understand how he desires us to interact with him.

This is why in the same book Paul says:

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” -Romans 10:14-15

Can you see why I am sympathetic for agnostics?

The Bible is clear that it is the responsibility of Christians to make known the God of creation in tangible ways for the world around us.

This is why Paul uses the phrase “the body of Christ” to describe the Church. In Pauline theology the Church is THE expression of the kingdom of God on the earth. There is no plan B. We owe the world an encounter with the living Christ.

Far too many Christians have retreated from this sense of call and have become disillusioned by the woes of the world around us. As a result of this disillusionment Christians have become captivated by the second coming of Christ while not understanding the reason for his first coming.

We have a mission to make the invisible God tangible through the lives that we live and the people that we love.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”- Matthew 28:19-20

 

 

Jared Ruddy
Husband, author, and blogger who finds it very uncomfortable to write about himself.

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