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September 22, 2007 / Daniel

Natural Revelation

For my Christian theology class, we’re supposed to write out summaries of our beliefs on different topics.  Here’s what I have so far on natural revelation.

Since humans by nature are limited and finite, knowledge of an infinite and transcendent Creator is impossible outside of revelation. Thus, God has chosen to reveal Himself by the means of natural and special revelation. The purpose of all revelation is to bring God glory by drawing man’s attention to His Maker. God has given us revelation not just so that we could have more empirical information about this universe, but rather so that we could experience a right relationship with God.

Natural revelation is God’s self-disclosure that has been made available to all men at all times. Natural revelation primarily refers what we can know about God through creation (Ps. 19:1-6). Although creation clearly reveals God’s existence, our depravity hinders fallen human beings from worshiping the Creator. And thus, everyone is without excuse for his idolatry. At the final judgment, no one can say that the true God did not reveal Himself to him (Rom. 1:18-20).

Since the NT teaches that salvation comes exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ, natural revelation by itself is insufficient to bring man into a saving relationship with God (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). Special revelation is needed(Romans 10:14). However, God does use natural revelation to draw mankind to salvation (Acts 18:24-27).   Those who respond by God’s grace to the light given them will receive more light. Thus, in His providence, God will bring the gospel of Jesus to everyone that would respond to it (Acts 10:1-3).

Thoughts? Feedback?

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  1. Michael Awbrey / Sep 23 2007 12:23 am

    Typo: However, God does USE natural revelation to draw mankind to salvation.

    Also, maybe info on how God is revealed in creation. I’m thinking beauty, grandeur, scale, variance, creativity, diversity, uniqueness, power, etc.

  2. fiester25 / Sep 23 2007 2:23 am

    Michael,

    Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Matthew C / Sep 23 2007 8:00 am

    Good stuff.

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