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Answering The Atheist
November 21, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 47

Can God be found through reason alone? Romans 1:20 tells us that He can be, but Job 11:7 says the He cannot be. Is there a contradiction?

The apostle Paul very candidly tells us that we can know both the eternal power and divine nature of God by the things which He made. Thus, those who reject the existence of God are without excuse, for the whole creation proclaims that there is a God. It is a reasonable, in fact, the only reasonable conclusion, given the evidence which exists.

The questioner says that Job 11:7 reveals that God cannot be found by reason alone. The KJV renders this text, "Canst though by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?" The writer has not said that we cannot know that there is a God, but that we cannot attain to a complete knowledge of God. The NKJV clarifies it for us, "Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?"

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible