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Looking at the Various Ways He Has Communicated

God Has Spoken to Us – Introduction

On our own, finite, or limited, human beings cannot understand an infinite, or unlimited, God. In fact, we cannot know anything about God unless He has revealed it to us. Fortunately, the Bible says that God has revealed Himself to humanity through two different ways—general revelation and special revelation.

General revelation, or natural revelation, is available to all people, everywhere, at all times. It is a constant, but silent witness to God’s existence and power. The universe itself is one grand testimony to God’s existence. The human conscience also gives evidence of the existence of God.

Special revelation explains the God that general revelation reveals; the God of the Bible. The living God is both able and willing to explain certain things about Himself in human words. Scripture is the primary source of special revelation. It tells us how the universe came into being, where human beings came from, how sin entered into the world, the salvation God has provided, and how the present world will end. These truths can only be known through special revelation.

Both general revelation and special revelation are necessary for humanity to know anything about God: neither can make sense without the other. In this book, we will look at what the Bible has to say about God revealing Himself to humanity by these various means.

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