"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."1
I appreciate the way the Bible opens. No fanfare. No fancy words.
Just the simple statement: "In the beginning God." It is a totally
non-defensive statement. God isn't trying to prove himself or defend
his existence. He doesn't have to. We can take his statement or leave
it. It's up to us. It's our choice.
In his booklet, The Reason Why, Robert Laidlaw shared how a
former president of the New York Scientific Society once gave eight
reasons why he believed in God.
"The first one is this. Take ten identical coins and mark them one to
ten, place them in your pocket, then take one out. There is one chance
in ten that you will get number one. Now replace it, and chances that
number two will follow number one are not one in ten, but one in one
hundred. With each new coin taken out the chances that it too will
follow in the right order are multiplied by ten, so that the chance of
all ten following in sequence is one chance in ten billion."
George Gallup, the famed American statistician, is reported to have
said, "Take the human body alone—the chance that all the
functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical
The bottom line is that belief in God is a choice. For some it's a
faith choice. For others it's a moral choice. I say a moral choice
because if we choose to believe in God, we know that we are morally
responsible. If we choose not to believe in God, we deceive ourselves
into thinking that we are not morally responsible for how we live and,
thus, can live any way we like. Whatever choice we choose, the choice
we make will make us. It will also determine our eternal destiny.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the wisdom to know and
the desire and courage to always make the right choices—faith
wise and moral. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Genesis 1:1 (NIV).
Article by Dick Innes