Man’s existence can only be explained by the existence of God
By Don Ruhl
Consider the uniqueness of man in comparison to the rest of Earth’s creatures, which are not made in God’s image. They do not have dominion over all the other creatures of the earth. They cannot understand and obey the commands of Genesis 1.28 to be fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth, to subdue it, and to have dominion over the rest of creation.
They do some of those things, such as being fruitful, multiplying, and filling the earth, but they do those things instinctively, not with knowledge and understanding, not with reason and calculation.
Where do we get our uniqueness? According to Genesis 1 we get it from God. Therefore, we can say, Man exists, because God exists.
I have heard many people quote or reference Psalm 139 when they learn of amazing things of the human body, from conception to birth to maturity. The capabilities of our bodies often make us stop the learning process and just make us say, Wow, and then we quote part of this passage, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psa 139.13–16).
We can explain the conception, birth, and development of a human in naturalistic and scientific terms, but how did the whole thing begin?
The existence of man goes beyond anything else in creation. Something or Someone got us started, and so made us that we can be: self-reproducing, self-maintaining, self-feeding, self-knowing, self-healing, self-teaching, self-investigating, self-destroying, self-saving, moral-judging, logical-thinking, scientific-investigating, good-loving, evil-hating, emotion-expressing, question-asking, book-reading, machine-building, music-producing, city-planning, environment-exploring, environment-controlling, environment-replenishing, environment-protecting, spiritual-hungering, God-contemplating beings, showing that we are not the offspring of ape-like creatures, but the offspring of God (Acts 17.28), that we did not descend from the goo to the zoo to you, but we were created in the image of our Creator.
Look at us and say we have not been fearfully and wonderfully made.
Moral Law Argues for a Moral Lawgiver
Man has the capability of morals, something that animals do not possess. Our moral nature shows that something greater than nonliving rocks made us. Conscience does not evolve. Someone had to create it.
Romans 2 speaks of our conscience in relation to our morals. The existence of a sense of morality does not mean that we always get it right, for the conscience has to be trained, told what is right and wrong, but the conscience, the sense of right and wrong, is inherent within us. It is an alarm system, “…for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law…who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” (Rom 2.14, 15).
Genesis 3 shows that Adam had moral ideas in him from the beginning. After he and Eve sinned, they experienced guilt and shame, evident in their sudden awareness that they were naked, and in what Adam answered God when He asked where Adam was, “So [Adam] said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself’” (Gen 3.10).
Why did Adam hide? Something happened inside him. He ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but it produced a bad experience just as God intimated.
Secularists speak of what is good and evil. They say that if God exists, why does He not stop evil and suffering. However, where do they get their sense that evil is unacceptable, that suffering is unacceptable, and that something should be done about those two things? Secularists have the sense of right and wrong.
How can they speak of what is evil, unless they acknowledge the existence of good? How can they claim that good exists, if God does not exist? Without God who determines what is good and evil? If God does not exist, morals do not exist. If morals do not exist, anarchy can reign acceptably as well as order. Who is to say order is better than anarchy?
Some people want anarchy. If there is no God, who can say anarchists are wrong?
Without accountability for our actions, right and wrong become meaningless. Accountability expresses itself before a judge, someone who says right should be rewarded and evil should be punished. However, who can say what is right and what is wrong, if ultimately God does not exist?
If a judge decides to justify the wicked and condemn the righteous, who is to say he did wrong? What Paul said to masters or employers in Colossians 4, can be said to anyone in authority. Paul reminded us of a truth that someone is higher than all, “Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven” (Col 4.1).
Bondservants are accountable to masters, but masters are accountable to the Master in heaven!
Ecclesiastes 5 also makes those in authority—those who make decisions about what is right and wrong—aware that morality does not originate with man, “If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them” (Ecc 5.8).
Every human has someone over him to whom he must give account. Ultimately, the highest give account to the Highest Official, who is God. Parents, teachers, political leaders, and others, need to be aware of these truths, that the rules of right and wrong do not originate with us, but God gave us a sense of morality, that is, we know we ought to do some things and we know we ought not to do other things.
This demonstrates that moral law, moral awareness, comes from a Moral Giver. You cannot have moral law without a moral lawgiver. That is true in a human sense. Everyone recognizes this is the case.
The most liberal, secularistic people recognize that someone says some things are right and some things are wrong, some things should be done and some things should not be done. However, where did that group get the idea of rightness and wrongness? It is built into us as I showed you from Romans 2.14, 15.
What shall we say then? Man exists. Therefore, God exists. Moreover, we shall meet Him someday. Shall we meet Him as a friend or a foe?
If He can create humans, do you think it is a good idea to meet Him as a foe? My strongest recommendation is that you do not meet Him as a foe! Become His friend now! You are His friend, if Jesus is your friend. Have you made Him your friend? To make Him your friend you have to accept who the Bible says He is. He is the Son of God. Join Him through baptism.