Does God Exist? Part II

For thousands of years, human beings have created their own gods out of the imaginations of their own minds. In the past, this was their way of explaining the universe around them. Often, myths of gods explained natural phenomenon, such as the rising and setting of the sun, fair weather and storms, and the existence of everything. These gods were powerful, arrogant, jealous, adulterous, and often angry. People would make offerings to the gods to appease them and win their good favor. Ancient civilizations worshipped many gods, who would protect their followers. Many of these gods were portrayed as capricious and malicious toward mankind, bestowing favor or curses at their own whims or for their own pleasure. In some cases these gods raped and murdered, such as the Greek god Hades, who raped Persephone, or the Egyptian god Set, who murdered his brother Osiris. Today, many people still view gods in this way, including our Christian God. They believe that God is capricious in causing suffering and malevolent in allowing evil to exist. Some even believe that God created evil. Therefore, they refuse to believe in God.
Is it a coincidence that these descriptions of gods sound very much like Satan? According to 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” The god of this world is Satan. He is the author of evil, the deceiver, who “seeks to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” He is arrogant, jealous of God, and hates mankind. However, Christ continues, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:10-11). Many people do not believe in our Christian God because they do not know Him. He is not real to them.
Today, our world seeks to explain everything through science and reasoning, through those things, which are observable or “real” to our physical senses. Therefore, they refuse to believe without “proof.” However, from a Christian point of view, this is a fallacy. Christ, our God, entered our reality and became part of history. He was reported to have healed the sick, raised the dead and even raised Himself from the dead, yet many still refused to believe. Why? 

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