Is there a God? Few today would deny it outright -- and they grow fewer. But the most unreasonable attitude is not to care. If God exists, He is the biggest fact in our lives, and merely to go on living without ever thinking about Him is to be blind and deaf and foolish. If we do not face the facts manfully, the time comes when they catch up on us, and that is truest of all of the fact of God.
From the stars above us to the flowers at our feet, all nature proclaims a creative power -- but is this God and has He left us to grope in the dark, or can we indeed learn to know Him?
We believe that the answer is to be found in the Bible which reveals God and His purpose with a breadth of vision and a grandeur of language which lead to a deep conviction of its truth.
As we read these pages God becomes a reality to us. We learn to know Him and understand His ways, and through this new knowledge we find a faith to live by equal to all the perils and doubts of our troubled times.
A faith for today has to be based on facts; on this the Bible leaves us in no doubt. A few of the truths it teaches are that:
|God has spoken to men:
||"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken ..." (Isa. 1:2)
|He seeks men to know Him:
||"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." (John 4:23)
|He has spoken through His Son:
||"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" (Heb. 1:1-2).
|He gave His Son so that dying men might live:
||"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).
|Men can have a future life only through God's gift:
||"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:23).
|He has a purpose with men and the earth:
||"For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (Isa. 45:18, 23).
|There is a glorious future not only for men but for the earth:
||"And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD." (Num. 14:20-21).
No. 2. Facing The Facts -- ABOUT OURSELVES