by Wes Moore
You learn about God at church. Your parents probably even talk about him. That’s good! But how can you be sure he’s real? How can you be sure he’s not a fairy tale character from one of the Disney movies?
I want to teach you an easy way you can be sure that God is real. But, first, I want to talk to you about who God is.
Who is God?
God is an invisible person who made everything around us, including the animals, mountains, oceans, skies, and even you and me. He was never born and he can never die. Because of this, we call him “eternal.”
God is a loving person. He cares about everything he has made, especially you and me. And God is also very good. He can never do anything mean or wrong.
How can we know God is real?
There are many ways you can know God is real. Today, I want to teach you just one. It’s a simple phrase you can learn. The phrase is this: Nothing can make itself.
Think about a video game, for example, like the Wii. Do you think the Wii one day said, “I think I’ll make myself today?” Can the game make itself before it’s even there? No way! That doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why? Because nothing can make itself.
It only makes sense that a thinking, living person made the Wii, right?
Or, think about a doll house. Could it have made itself before it was even there? That doesn’t make any sense either. The doll house had to be made by someone else, a thinking, living person. Why? Because nothing can make itself.
How does this apply to God?
Many people say the world around us made itself. They say long ago there was a “Big Bang” and everything we see eventually made itself out of nothing over a really long time. But that doesn’t make any sense, does it?
Think about your body. It’s way more complicated than any video game or doll house. Yet there are people who believe it made itself. But that can’t be right because nothing can make itself.
A thinking, living person had to make us and the world around us. And that person must have been very smart and powerful. That person’s name is God.
But who made God?
So, does God need someone to make him? No. Remember, God is “eternal.” He was never made. He has simply always been there.
The Bible tells us about the God who made us all. Psalm 19:1-3 says this:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
These words teach us that we can know God is real by looking at the world around us, the sky for example. In fact, though there are many languages on the earth, there is no person alive who cannot understand what the skies are saying: God is real!
How can you know God is real? Just remember one phrase: Nothing can make itself!
So, who made you?
*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing: The Last Hope for America and American Christianity, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking. You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.
Bible Doctrine for Younger Children is a two volume series consisting of twenty chapters which contain simple explanations of all major biblical doctrines. Book A contains chapters 1-10 and Book B chapters 11-20. The explanations were written for children nine years of age and older. This series contains more than 150 stories and illustrations to help explain the doctrinal concepts being taught.
These books were written for home, personal, or family reading; school Bible doctrine teaching; or church catechetical instruction.
Book A Chapters:
1. Bible Doctrine, God Reveals Himself, The Bible
2. One God, Gods Attributes, The Trinity, Gods Decrees
3. Gods Creation, Gods Providence
4. Creation of Man, The Covenant of Works
5. The Fall of Man, Sin, Death
6. Gods Law, The First Table of Gods Moral Law
7. The Second Table of Gods Moral Law
8. The Covenant of Grace
9. The Mediator, The Two Natures of Jesus Christ, The Name of Jesus Christ
10. The Offices of Jesus Christ, The States of Jesus Christ
Book B Chapters:
11. Calling, Regeneration, Conversion
12. Faith, Types of Faith
13. Justification, Sanctification
15. The Church, The Church Offices
16. Doctrinal Standards, Creeds, The Five Points of Calvinism
17. The Means of Grace, Gods Word, Gods Sacraments
18. Holy Baptism
19. The Lords Supper
20. The Soul After Death, Christs Second Coming, The Resurrection of the Dead, The Final Judgment, Eternity
Paperback; 312 pages (2 volumes)