In these words to the Ephesian
Christians are two of the most dreaded words-"no hope." A doctor stands
beside the bed of a sick man. Anxiously the family awaits the verdict but
he says, "There is no hope." Those are sad words when
We ordinarily use the word
"hope" in a very careless way. God always uses it with the greatest of
care. No matter how
The first one, the man who
doubts or denies the existence of God, stands without any hope. Hope for
a future life rests upon the existence of a beneficent, omnipotent God
ruling in nature and in the affairs of men. Take that God out of the universe
and man stands absolutely helpless and hopeless. There are not many who
do not believe in the existence of God. Fifty years ago I met Charles Evan
Smith, the president of the League of Atheism from New York City. When
I asked him if he believed in theistic evolution, he said he didn't believe
in God at all. I asked him how he accounted
Then I asked him if he believed that an evolutionist could also be a Christian. He said it was absolutely impossible. That any man who is an evolutionist and stops short of Atheism is simply a dishonest thinker. I asked why he could not be a Christian. He answered that the Christian says man fell and needs a Saviour. The evolutionist says that he climbed down out of the trees and started to walk. He said if man did not fall, man does not need a Saviour. Did the monkey sin? Of course not. He reasoned, eliminate the Garden of Eden and there is no need forthe cross of Christ.
So how do I know there is a God? Notice, I did not say I think. You see I'm not an educated man. Therefore I can say why I know. An educated man is not supposed to know anything. He's supposed to say "perhaps" or "it could have been." Somebody asked me if I could read Greek. I said, "Man, I can hardly read English let alone Greek." A fellow was trying to teach me some Greek about baptism. He said it's baptidzo and rantidzo. I said, "Yeah and its gravo, graveis and gravel, but it was just sop when I was a kid." Maybe we're not supposed to be dogmatic, but I'm going to say dogmatically that I know there is a God. I'm positive there is a God.
First of all I know it from
the argument of creation. Look at all that you see now. From whence did
it come? Life has never been generated from dead matter. From nothing,
nothing can come. Suppose I take a bottle and pour out all
All of man's rational thinking
and philosophy will never give him a foundation on which he can stand and
provide a reason for having any hope. I believe in the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth. The Bible does not say,
Now secondly, I know there
is a God because of imparted wisdom. The unbeliever doesn't call it imparted
In California there is a
spider about the size of a shoe button. He builds his nest inside an empty
clam shell or oyster shell. Before he does that he lifts that shell from
6 to 12 inches above the ground. For that little spider to lift that oyster
shell which is many, many times his own weight requires an engineering
feat equal to the building of the pyramids of Egypt. How does he do it?
He goes up and puts on a thread, comes down and hooks it on the shell,
goes up and hooks
My niece came home from college one day and said to me, "My professor said that Jesus couldn't have been born of a human mother without a human father. That was a biological impossibility." I said, "Let me tell you what to do. You tell your little possum-headed professor that your uncle said the first man that ever got in this world got here without either father or mother. If God wanted to send His Son born of a human mother without a human father He could and did do it." The next day she came back to explain how the first germ came from another planet. I asked, "Where did the germ come from?" Life has never been generated from dead matter. Her professor claimed that the first germ came on a meteor. I said, "Honey, don't you know a meteor is a blazing ball of fire? How would a germ live in that?" But she said, "The theory of evolution is the only sane explanation." That's the most insane thing I've ever heard! To be an evolutionist you'd have to switch your brain out of reason and throw it into neutral.
Listen to what they say.
Way back yonder sometime, somewhere, somehow, nobody knows when, how, where,
or why, nothing got in nothing and nothing formed a some thing. A germ
got in the water somehow. Then the water developed it into a tadpole and
one day the tadpole swam to another bank and got stuck in the mud and dried
there. Wriggling around in the mud, he formed warts on his belly that later
became legs. After he developed legs he was climbing through the trees
one day when his foot slipped. As he fell he wrapped his tail around a
limb. The jar of it broke off his tail. He hit
The third reason I know there is a God is because of fulfilled prophecy. Every religion has its bible, but this Bible is the only one that has a word of prophecy in it. Why? Because the authors of all those other books knew that if they inserted a word of prophecy and it failed, their book would be discredited. But God's Word, with daring boldness, tells us what will happen upon this earth to men, nations, and individuals, sometimes thousands of years in the future. Who could write a Book like that? Only God.
I can take the prophecies concerning Jesus Christ alone and prove to any thinking man that there must be a God. First of all He said He shall be born in Bethlehem of Judea. Not just in Bethlehem, not just in Judea, but Bethlehem of Judea, and thank God He was. He said He shall be born of a virgin. Thank God He was. He said they would gamble upon His garments. They did. He said they would pluck out His beard. They did. He said they would crucify Him and they did. He said He would make His death with the wicked and His burial with the rich. He died between two thieves and He was buried in Joseph's new tomb. He said you'll put Me to death but I'll rise again. That's right. You can't kill Me but I'll give up My life anyway and I'll rise again on the third day. Don't let anybody fool you. This is the Book that will stand the test.
There's another reason I
know there is a God. That is, He answers prayer. Have you ever gone into
an automaton? That's a restaurant that looks like a post office. You don't
see waitresses or cooks or anything. One day I went in one in New York.
You drop in a quarter-out comes a cup of coffee, or mashed potatoes and
gravy. I didn't see a soul around, but I had sense enough to know that
there was somebody back there passing that stuff out. For 60 years I've
There is one final reason I know there is a God. All of man's rational thinking and philosophy will never give him a foundation on which he can stand and provide a reason for having any hope. The only foundation is the revelation God gives of Himself in this Book. It alone stands against the winds of criticism. The man that does not confess the Christ that this Bible presents stands without any hope.
A fellow said, "I don't know
whether to believe Christ was God, because He went to sleep on a boat,
like a man would sleep." Was He merely human because He wept, because He
got hungry, because He died? Listen, if He was just human
My dad and mother pillowed
their heads upon that hope and passed peacefully into another world. The
man who denies it stands with out any hope in this world and in the world
to come. He has no hope of meeting with his loved ones who have gone or
who may go. Buried out yonder lies my boy on a little hillside in West
Virginia, in a grave, waiting for the
Why do I believe there is
a God, my friend? Because only He makes any sense out of this old world.
Only He brings meaning to living, the hope of pardon, and a place in heaven.
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