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The Proof of God
By Frank L. Hoffman - 17 Sep 2000
If we take Ron Jump's Discussion of The Proof of God back to mankind's written document of the proof of God's existence, the Bible, we find Paul's comment in Romans (1:19-20) to be of particular interest.
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest
in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
How can we look at the intricacy of the Monarch butterfly and the flower in the picture to the left and believe that it all came into being by accident? I don't believe we can, and still be honest with ourselves, which I believe is the intent of Ron's commentary about looking beyond ourselves as creator of ourselves. Once we get beyond the importance of our own selves, we begin, or should begin, to view the world in a similar manner - a world that didn't create itself. This is what Paul is speaking about.
Our awareness of everything around us points us to the proof of God's existence. We often hear the expression, "Take time to smell the roses." To truly be conscious of the rose we must use both our eyes and nose. It's not just our eyes that perceive the rose, it's the rose's existence that is reflected in our eyes and interpreted by our brain. In a similar manner we smell the perfume of the flower, which was created to emit various chemicals to attract bees and other insects to help pollinate it. This also attracts us, and because of it's beauty, we often feel inclined to give gifts of them to the ones we love. These are all simple relationships, but ones that point to an Intellect bringing it all together. We could go on and on, but to me, it all brings joy to my heart, and makes me thankful that God created it all, and that I have been given the grace to enjoy the whole of creation.
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