Take a look around, what do you see? Keep it simple. Romans 1:19
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 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… Romans 1:19
We often and appropriately encounter questions concerning two themes in the above:
- Given what modern day secular science suggests, can an argument in support of creation still stand as legitimate?
- On the topic of accountability, who is accountable, and to what extent based on when/where/under what conditions we live?
Understand first that neither question need be posed unless we are willing to consider that God exists. If not, discussion can end there.
If we do not deny His existence, some may then not attempt nor care to pin it down. An agnostic view. Maybe He is, maybe not, not critical to seek answers.
We see opposing camps, who have identified Him by name and claim Him to be whomever.
Some would say He is all the same guy and every spoke in the wheel of belief end up at Him. And He is fine with it. Works out nicely, conveniently.
Might begin to clear things up a bit if we could find a place to agree, but ever present conditions always defy existence of, or explanation for, a God who loves us:
- Disease, poverty and death, all in the presence of abundant life elsewhere.
- People harming and hating each other; and again, all the while coexistent with exactly the opposite: simultaneous examples of great love amongst people.
Bad to the point where God would seem absent, yet good enough at the same time to suggest His signature.
It gets so very complicated to analyze and evaluate. A good time to use the K.I.S.S rule --> Keep It Simple. Just go home today and walk out into your back yard. Then look for something. Use my back yard as a model:
- A bird on my kid’s feeder
- The fish in his pond
- The smell of rich soil in the garden I tilled yesterday
- The doves and quail we have in their coops
- A baby kitten we adopted and are feeding
God’s invisible qualities……………………….have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made… Romans 1:19
That’s a good place to start and ponder. Then what? It can get pretty sticky, as described above. Maybe no need to go any further on our own. If at this point we might consider the possibility of His existence, next move might then be to appeal to Him with a completely open heart. Ask that He begin to guide us through this daunting maze of potential truths to what can only be singularly true.
Lord, can you show me who you are? Maybe this is, ultimately, what we are accountable for. An open heart. After that, maybe He is the one who does it. Not me. Him. It’s not about me, it’s about Him. It only becomes about me because He has loved me into a standing of relevance. I mean something to Him.
Maybe He sees me like my boy saw the kitten: helpless. So my kid, out of compassion, saved the cat. And God, out of compassion, is willing to save me.