As you’re probably aware, this past Saturday was Pi Day, since its date of 3.14.15 contained the first five digits of pi–the ration of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Interestingly, it was also Albert Einstein’s birthday. These two occurrences caused me to reflect on general revelation and on what Einstein believed.
Regarding the Bible, Einstein said,
The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. … For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”
However, he also said,
“I’m not an atheist. I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We can see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws”.
It appears Mr. Einstein was on the right track. He recognized there must be a Designer behind the design. Romans 1:20 says, “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.” That is general revelation, and one way that God has chosen to reveal Himself to humanity.
However, this “general” knowledge isn’t enough for salvation. John 3:18 says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
We need God to reveal His “special revelation” to us, namely His son, Jesus Christ, because it was the Son of Man who came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
We must remember that even if someone claims to believe in an Intelligent Designer, or Creator, or even God, that we still have to point that person to Jesus Christ, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).