Hey everyone! This is a short one. 🙂
I was watching this video by Dr. Craig on Youtube. It’s a question that I’ve been working on for a few years now (perhaps a book in the future?!), but I thought his answer was succinct and clear and wanted to share it with you.
Question: Why did God pick just the Middle East to reveal Himself? What about the rest of the world?
Craig’s Answer: Every human has been presented with God’s existence through what is called “general revelation.” While the Hebrews in the Lavant had prophets and other leaders with direct communication with YHWH (what is called “special revelation”), the Bible states that every person on Earth throughout history has been presented with two things that they can either accept or reject:
- The heavens declare the glory of God. (Psalm 19:1-4)
- That every person has a conscience that informs them of right and wrong. (Romans 2:14-16)
These two statements should, if considered honestly, lead to the following conclusion: that there is a God, and He expects certain things of us.
I’d like to add some ideas to this to further bolster Craig’s response:
- You can historically trace even the tenets of special revelation in many cultures back to the Tower of Babel incident. (the Chinese are my best example right now, but you can also see vague hints of YHWH in cultures like the Aztec and Hindu traditions, though they’re not as clear… I’ll share more on these at another time after I’ve done more research)
- The vast majority of the human race has existed after Jesus died on the cross, when missionaries spread far and wide to spread the gospel.
Sure, there are tons of objections that you could raise about all these statements, as well as tons of supportive evidences you could bring to bear in the response. However, this is just meant as a quick source of either encouragement or of intrigue.
Thanks for your time!