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Theology, Natural.

Man has a natural knowledge of God (Acts 14:16–17; 17:22–31; Ro 1:18–23; 2:14–15). This is not contradicted by passages which say that natural man does not “know” God (Gl 4:8; 1 Th 4:5), i. e., has no saving knowledge of Him. Saving faith through knowledge and acceptance of Christ is created by the Holy Spirit through the Word. Yet perception and reason are able to est. the existence of God and such of His attributes as power, wisdom, and justice. The mind of natural man, however, is vain, his understanding darkened, and his heart hardened; for the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not (2 Co 4:4; Eph 4:17–18). God's handwriting in nature bears with it a natural conviction; the power of Scripture is supernatural, effecting in the heart of the reader or hearer spiritual discernment and divine assurance of the truths set forth therein (1 Co 2:6–16). See also Apologetics, II A; Natural Knowledge of God.

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