Pastor's Message With: Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Rev. Dr. Herb Rhedrick
Rev. Herb Rhedrick

It is important for each of us to trust that God exists beyond a reasonable doubt, because every decision we make about ourselves and everything around us depends on it. However, there are those who have a dim view of God. Some have a fatalistic disposition. They believe that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable. Some have a humanistic disposition. They believe that all humanity is basically good, and we can solve our own problems. These are dim views of God’s existence. But, Psalm, Chapter 19, verses 1-4 says differently:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

This is one of the most treasured messages of God’s existence in Scripture. We do not know when King David penned these inspired words. It might have been on a clear afternoon on the roof top of his palace or a dark starry night in the wilderness while he was a fugitive from Saul or his son. In either case, he didn’t think his position in life was based on his being so good, neither did he have a fatalistic outlook because of his circumstances. He had a firm and convicted view of God’s existence. He opens the psalm with a declaration that the heavens proclaim the fact that there is a God, a personal Being greater than the skies, who created and ordered them. Their vastness and beauty herald the truth that this God is almighty, a God of infinite wisdom and ability. There is a totally opposite worldview, which claims that the world was formed by a random BIG BANG.

Now think of the amount of faith it would take to believe that a random explosion could produce a rose, apple trees, fish, sunsets, the seasons, hummingbirds, polar bears, thousands of birds and animals. In fact, when has any random explosion produced order? Historically, most explosions cause chaos.

But, Psalm 19:1-4 debunks this BIG BANG THEORY when it invites us to look at God’s handiwork. When we look at the sky on a clear night, you can see thousands of stars. With telescopes we can see 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone. Although the stars may appear to be crowded in the heavens, the distances between them are millions of miles apart.

Another piece of evidence of God’s handiwork is our moon. It is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. The moon creates important ocean tides and movement so ocean waters do not stagnate, and yet our massive oceans are restrained from spilling over the land.

These are just a few pieces of evidence of God's handiwork, which can be seen everywhere at any time by everybody. Proof of God’s existence is universal and cannot be denied. In fact, Abraham Lincoln said it this way: "I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how one could look up into the heavens and say there is no God."

So, if you or anyone you know is in doubt that God exists, I encourage you to go outside and stare at the vastness of the starry host and then ask: “Who could have done this great work?” The answer is God and God alone.