You Ought to Believe
Q 2: Ought everyone to believe there is a God?
A: Everyone ought to believe there is a God; and it is their great sin and folly who do not.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
(Psalms 14:1 ESV)
One of the most amazing creations in the world is the spider’s web. Sometimes, if one catches the sun just right, a person can get a glimpse of the beautiful art of the spider. It is not uncommon to open the door as the sun rises in the morning and catch a glimpse of a spider’s web covered in early morning dew glistening in the sunlight between bushes or trees. This everyday work of art is beautiful and serves the purpose of helping the spider catch its food.
Most of the time, people see spider’s webs without actually seeing the spider that made it. However, people always believe that there is a spider that made the web. Wouldn’t it be foolish if someone said the web appeared overnight because the wind blew strands of silk around and they happened to connect in this incredible way? The complexity, beauty, and usefulness of the web prevent mankind from making such a silly claim.
However, people often make that claim about all of creation. They might say that it was just a random turn of events that caused all of the earth, the creatures, trees, grass, and even the entire universe to be formed the way it is. How can people believe that something so much more complex than a spider’s web just "came to be" by random events?
The Bible tells us that people who say “there is no God” are fools. A fool is someone who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his judgment. A person who can see all the evidence for God but still suggest God doesn’t exist is the same as a person who sees a spider’s web but declares there is no spider. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (Romans 1:19–20 ESV)
It goes on to tell us that those who reject God are “without excuse.” Everyone ought to believe there is a God and the only way people don’t is if they ignore all the evidence. Ignoring the evidence is a great sin and foolishness. The next time you see a spider’s web, ask yourself this question: if someone can’t believe in a spider’s web without believing in a spider, how can they believe in creation without a creator?
Read Psalm 14 and answer the following questions:
- Why does the Bible call those who say ‘there is no God’ corrupt?
- If there is none who does good (not even one), how can we please God?
- What are some ways we can ‘seek after God’?
- To what hope does verse 7 point?