We cannot know anything about God or His ways unless He reveals Himself to us (Rom 1:19 and Matt. 11:27). However, in His love and grace, and in order to bring about His good purposes, He has chosen to do this. God’s revelation of Himself through what we see around us, and through conscience, is known as General Revelation. God’s revelation of Himself through the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ is known as Special Revelation.

General Revelation

Psalm 19 reads,

“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. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

No one can look up at the stars at night and be ignorant of God’s greatness and wisdom. Isaac Newton was right in declaring, “This most beautiful system of sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.” Even the most remote tribes, in places like Africa and South America, are known to have been endowed with this sense of God. From the beginning, man has been able to behold the Creator in His creation. The wonder of the growth of plant to seed; the metamorphosis of caterpillar into butterfly; the thrill of sunrise, ‘from faint rosy flush to majestic orb’; the skill of birds in building their nests; the beauty of music; the elegance and power of mathematics; the perceptiveness of language. All these things, for those willing to hear, cry out that there is a God….

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