The Baptist Catechism – Exposition of Question #2

Question: Ought everyone to believe there is a God? Answer: Everyone ought to believe there is a God; and it is their great sin and folly who do not.

This second question of the Baptist Catechism works from the first. Now that we know God exists and that He is the first and chiefest being, should all people everywhere believe that God exists? The answer is yes, all people everywhere should believe God exists.

There are many who claim that there is no God. Psalm 14:1a reads, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Yet, we must counter that by knowing that truly all men everywhere are responsible for their sin because inherently they know God exists.

Romans 1:18–23 reads, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” While the fool says in his heart “there is no God,” in reality, he knows God exists, suppresses that truth, and is condemned! This is why the answer is not simply “Everyone ought to believe there is a God.” The reality is to those who deny the existence of God it is to “their great sin and folly.”

The existence of God is a requirement for all to believe. It is the foundation of our Christian faith. One cannot be a Christian by definition without believing in the existence of God. Hebrews 11:6 reads, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” And Romans 10:14 reminds us that, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?” One must believe in the existence of God! To not, is folly and sin.

The reality is, it is complete foolishness to argue that there is no God. James 2:19 reminds us that even the demons believe in God and shudder at the fact! Their knowledge of God does not save but at least they acknowledge God exists! The recent increase of the so-called “New Atheists,” men like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens have really offered nothing new to disbelief in God. In reality, they repackage all the old arguments but with a tenacity like never before and try to tell the world it is impossible for God to exist. Instead, God does exist, and to all those who claim otherwise, they are destined to eternity in Hell!

Job 18:18–21 reads, “He is thrust from light into darkness, and driven out of the world. He has no posterity or progeny among his people,
and no survivor where he used to live. They of the west are appalled at his day, and horror seizes them of the east. Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, such is the place of him who knows not God.”

Do you believe in God? Unless you believe in the God of the Bible, your are doomed in sin for all time. Repent and believe in God today!

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