The Bible is clear that Christ is our only hope of salvation and only way to heaven: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). But what about those who have never heard about Christ?
The Bible has a resounding answer—God’s fingerprints surround all people: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
That verse is not just saying that creation testifies that there is a God. It is saying something far greater. Note the words, “His invisible attributes are clearly seen... even His eternal power and Godhead.” Creation says there is a God of which there is no equal.
In other words, one cannot look at creation, then point to an idol or image he has made, and say, “Here is the one who made it all; I made him.” Instead as a person looks at creation, he must say, “There is a God, and He made me.”
That is one reason a person can be sincere and be an atheist, but he cannot be objective and be an atheist. If he is objective as he looks at creation, he has to admit there is a Creator God.
How, though, through creation does one find out about Christ? If one will admit upon seeing creation there has to be a God and then seek after Him, God will send him greater revelation leading to salvation for God is a “rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
In a booklet entitled Grace, Willard M. Aldrich tells about Sir Alexander Clarke who was knighted by the Queen of Belgium for his medical missionary work in the Belgian Congo. He once asked several converts how they came to trust Christ as their Savior while others in their tribe did not.
They replied, “We used to be out under the stars at night to worship the God who created us and to pray for Him to reveal Himself to us.” God honored their seeking and sent a missionary to the tribe with the good news of Christ.
That is very personal to me, because that’s how I came to Christ. As a teenager, I enjoyed the sport of hunting. As I looked at the details of creation, I became convinced that there had to be a God. To me, design meant love and love meant presence. I could not conceive a God who would make creation and then leave it.
I decided to study the Bible. I kept seeing the emphasis of Christ being the only way to heaven. One night, on my dad’s dairy farm in Pennsylvania, I knelt by my bed and told God, “The best I know how, I’m trusting Christ to save me.”
My life exploded. Once God sought after me through creation, I acknowledged His presence and began searching after Him. He rewarded my seeking and brought me to Christ.
Delving deeper into Scripture, the Bible introduces Cornelius, “a devout man who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2). God rewarded his seeking and brought Peter to him with the message of Christ (10:34–43).
Those who have never heard about Christ are without excuse. Creation is His way of saying to us, “I’m here.” As we acknowledge His presence and seek after Him, we will find Him a “rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
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