We all know that the existence of God cannot be proven on the basis of observations made on planet earth, or elsewhere in the universe. Nothing humans can observe in nature is perfect enough to prove the existence of a perfect God. It is for that reason, in fact, that many deny His existence. How could a perfect God have created a universe short on perfection, they ask with good reason. The main reason this question is brought up is because, by and large, humans are not reading the Bible correctly, or they misunderstand its contents because of faulty translations, or because they misinterpret what they read, even when it is written in plain language.
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3).The NIV adds a note here. It says: “or born from above.” Indeed, no one can see God or anything related to God without realizing that what can be seen naturally is nowhere near the perfect works of the Perfect God of Scripture. Nothing we see in the universe has any resemblance to what God originally created. “The whole universe has been groaning as in the pain of childbirth” (Romans 8:22) exclaimed the Apostle Paul. Everything that can be seen in all of God’s creation has been marred by the entrance of evil in the universe. What is happening to planet earth is only a microcosm of what has happened to the entire cosmos.
My contention that the first two verses of the Bible have been misunderstood or misrepresented has already been explained in previous blogs. We will take a closer look at verse 1 later, because the error here contained is very enlightening. The suggestion previously made about verse 2 emphasizes the fact that God does not say: “the earth WAS without form and void,” but that “it BECAME” that way. Indeed, when God originally created the universe that included this earth, it was perfect, but a cosmic event linked to the the introduction of evil in the universe caused it to become so chaotic that it could no longer support life. Jude is implicit when he says: “And the angels who failed to maintain order were forced to abandon their home. They have been kept in gloom that will remain imperceptible to them until The Day of the Great Dividing (between good and evil falsely called judgement)” (Jude 1:6, my translation and NIV). This text is stunning, and it perfectly sets the stage for our discussion.
According to this statement and others in Scripture, a third of the angles chose to live in spiritual darkness without realizing the gravity of their condition. To this day, they are still content with the way of life they have invented. They fail to realize how damaging their way of life is, probably because they view themselves as immortal. These angels, are extremely powerful created beings who roam the universe, but they have lost sight of the fact that God is perfect because He is humble, not a show-off; loving, not imposing; and merciful, never punishing. Not unlike humans, the pride of these fallen cosmic beings has led them to think that love is weakness, and that there is a more efficient and more rewarding way to live than by love. What did it cost them? Not their life, since they are still living. The fact is that they were never punished by God. The reason they lost their planet and had to settle elsewhere is only due to the consequences of living self-centered lives. Jude, the brother of Jesus tells us that they live in spiritual darkness, which means that they are living in contempt of God’s humility, love, and mercifulness. They consider God’s hallmark of perfection, which is love, as the putrid depths of weakness and the lofty heights of inefficiency.
It is because humans have developed a similar mindset to that of evil angels that we have fallen into the depths of confusion that leads, invariably to utter despair. The day will come when humans will become persuaded of this reality. The Day of the Great Dividing is the day when Love and Evil will reach their pinnacle. As already mentioned, in such situations evil always appears to win as it appeared to win when Jesus died on the Cross. In fact, Jesus predicted that the conditions of life on this planet would become so treacherous that He will have to hasten His return, because, He said: “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22, NIV, emphasis supplied).
Such prophecies of Jesus declared two millennia ago are themselves proof that there is a God. Who, other than God, could have predicted long ago that humans would someday have weapons powerful enough to destroy life on our planet? This is a reality that has only developed in the last half a century. No such event could have been remotely possible in the days of Jesus. He also knew that the Gospel would be preached to the whole world: “And this gospel of the kingdom,” He said, “will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). How could Jesus have known that this would happen at a time when the most learned in the Roman Empire were ignorant that vast regions of the world existed, such as the Americas not officially discovered until 1492 CE by Columbus.
Biblical prophecies are, in themselves, proof of the existence of God. But the message of love and mercy Jesus brought to the world in words and deeds is even greater proof. He knew before leaving the Heavenly Courts that His ministry to humanity would cost Him His life. His message of love is so contradictory to the human way of life founded on pride, that Jesus knew in advance that the pride in the hearts of humans He had personally enlightened through the prophets would spell His death. These people had developed the pride of thinking themselves more important than others because they were the only ones on the planet with direct communications from God. For two millennia they had received communications from God, and more recently from Jesus Himself, but they deliberately chose to disregard His message of love. It is a message so powerful that when correctly understood, it renders a person incapable of ever rendering evil for evil, as Jesus demonstrated in His life all the way to the Cross.
This attitude of love Jesus taught clearly includes the concept that a person should never render evil for evil. It is an understanding of life diametrically opposed to the way humans have chosen to administer their businesses, their sports, their institutions of education, their legislative pursuits, their religions, and their politics. If there is in this world a single ideology that teaches God’s principle of unconditional love and how to cultivate such love in the heart, please let me know who they are. I would not hesitate to join forces with such a group. To my knowledge no single entity on planet earth upholds such a way of life. Indeed, Jesus is the only way to this truth that makes eternal life possible (see John 14:6). His truth is entirely about developing a mindset molded on God’s commitment to unconditional love. Without it, life can only become a contest for survival. All forms of life on our planet operate on the principle of the survival of the fittest. Scientists are excellent observers. They are not wrong in this regard. But this observation simply implies that to survive we must all be willing to compete and render evil for evil in the process – if nothing else, in self-defense. When we accept to live by the self-centered mindset we are indeed “of the world” (John 17:14), as Jesus said. We are all born evil because we are all born with the instinct of survival at the expense of others. It is the principle of life that governs nature, and it thrives only because evil is always more powerful than love, but the kind of life can only be short-lived. As such, we are all partakers of this principle of survival from our birth. It is for this reason that we need to be born again, not out of a natural womb, but out of the mindset of God. We are all instinctively indoctrinated to believe that to live and survive, we must become more evil than those willing to aggress us. In short, the acceptance of the evil way of life is the acceptance of a senseless vicious cycle of evil that can only lead humanity to ever greater evil, and its ultimate annihilation.
If humanity is merely the accidental product of the survival of the fittest, as science would have us believe, we would never have come to understand the concept that rendering evil for evil can only advance the exponential growth of evil. Jesus is the only philosopher who brought to light that universal principle of truth, and it is founded on the bedrock of pure logic. It is only because He came from God that we have access to this amazing message. It is absolute truth that should always be more precious to us than life itself. People are willing to go to war and risk death to defend their country, they are willing to commit suicide to promote their religion, they are wiling to die for a lover, but they are not willing to die for the sake of putting an end to the vicious cycle of evil on our planet. Which is more noble? Dying for nations, for fanatical religions, for a political ideology, or for the sake of an immutable commitment to unconditional love? The willingness to die for the sake of promoting God’s kind of unconditional love is infinitely more edifying to our world than living with the willingness to perpetuate evil. The ideology of God is the only one worth dying for. All others lead to the growth of evil. If humans were the product of an accident of nature that produced life governed by the survival of the fittest, they could never have formulated or understood this divine concept without the help of God. Yet, it is a concept entirely founded on rock solid logic. Could there be greater proof that there is a God?