“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3)
I am more and more amazed at the way unregenerate man holds on to his illegitimate claim of dominion over this world. It begins with the notion that we are only here by chance, and ends with the assumption that no one but we have the authority to dictate our behavior. As long as we proclaim Christ from church pulpits and are content to simply encourage one another as Christians in the Faith, the world will have little reason to quarrel with us. But if you dare to suggest He has anything authoritative to say to them, be ready for a fight! As my Biology professor intones, “Religion has no place in the science classroom.” He may be right about religion, but as we can see from the verse above (and many others), God has every right to an audience in any discussion of the origin of our world, and, by extension, every right to lay down rules of conduct.
Having said that, and realizing there are many fools in this world (Psl.14:1), I am convinced that man’s only hope of “finding” God is through revelation. The honest questioner of science and nature can (and will) recognize “Intelligent Design,” but only the Spirit of God can convince a man or woman that it is God. As Romans 1:19-20 tells us, the evidences of God in Creation are inescapable, but it is only revelation of, and faith in, Jesus Christ, His Son, that gives us spiritual and intellectual access to God the Father. (“For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ” ( 2 Cor.4:6). We see a picture of this in the conversion of Paul. All the men in the group saw the light, but only Paul heard the voice of God (Acts 22:9).
So, boast, if you will, at how smart you are to have seen the Truth. But know this; without the revelation of God through His Word and the wooing of the Spirit of God in your heart, you would be as lost as a heathen in the darkest corner of the earth. I believe, with all my heart, Truth is not found; it is revealed. And I know He has revealed Himself to me. Thank God for this unspeakable gift!