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4 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who

made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change?” (St.

Augustine, Sermon 241, no. 2; cf. CCC, no. 32).

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have seen the uni-

verse as evidence of God’s existence. The order, harmony, and beauty of

the world point to an intelligent Creator. The purposefulness of creation

from the inanimate to human life similarly points to a wise Creator. The

fact that all visible things come to be and eventually pass out of earthly

existence points to an eternal Creator who has no beginning and no end

and who sustains all that he has created (cf. CCC, no. 32).


I praise you, so wonderfully you made me.

—Ps 139:14

Every human person seeks to know the truth and to experience good-

ness. Moral goodness appeals to us. We treasure our freedom and strive

to maintain it. We hear the voice of our conscience and want to live by

it. We long for absolute happiness.

These experiences make us aware of our souls and our spiritual

nature. The more we become aware of these truths, the more we are

drawn to the reality of God who is the Supreme Good. These are the seeds

of eternity within us that have their origins only in God. St. Augustine

confirmed this insight when he prayed, “That I may know myself, that I

may know you.”

Since this is true, why have so many not found God?

Many reasons account for the lack of familiarity with God. The pres-

ence of so much suffering and pain in the world disheartens some and

moves them to rebel against the idea of a God who would let this hap-

pen. Some do not know who God is because no one has shared the good

news of his self-revelation with them. Ignorance of religion or indiffer-

ence to it is another cause.

The scandalous behavior of some believers frequently drives hon-

est seekers away from religion. Sinful conduct weakens the ability of