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Cynthia Clayton The title for Cynthia's Corner


This quarterly's theme is scientific evidence for God — a subject in which I have no expertise. However, I do know that whenever God's Word speaks on any topic of human knowledge, it has never been proven wrong. Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God began the beginning. He created time, space, and matter/energy. So, whatever God chooses to tell us in his Word about his creation and our place in it, must be true and accurate. God has given us the intelligence to discover and verify the accuracy and truthfulness of the Bible, even if it takes us many centuries to do so!

An excellent example of this is that the Bible tells us the heavens are “stretched out” (Isaiah 42:5; 45:12; Jeremiah 10:12). Only recently has science recognized the accuracy of that statement. Science and the Bible are never in conflict and never can be because God created everything and he gave us the Bible.

As a non-scientific layperson, my faith in God and his Word is not based solely on scientific evidence. I can observe in the world around me the many evidences of intelligent design. When we analyze the complexity and order of God's creation, it is impossible to believe it happened by chance. Romans 1:19-20 says we can know there is a God through the things he has made. There is awesome beauty, diversity, complexity, and design in all that we see. Those things require an intelligent Designer/Creator.

But, there are other evidences for God that are not dependent on scientific knowledge and observations of nature. My faith in God, Jesus, and his Word is more personal than that. Reading the Bible is like seeing ourselves in a mirror, God's mirror. It not only shows an external image; but, it reveals our inner being, our innermost thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. It cuts to our heart, to our soul, to our true self (read Hebrews 4:12-13). The Bible reveals our nature, our sinful human nature so honestly and deeply that we cannot deny it or hide from it.

God made us and knows us better than we know ourselves, but, he does not leave us there. God loves us and wants to forgive and change us. His power living in us makes us better than we can be on our own. The example of a truly transformed life, from the inside out, is a powerful testimony to God's existence.

— Cynthia Clayton

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©Patty Gibson

Scripture links/references are from BibleGateway.com. Unhighlighted scriptures can be looked up at their website.