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).
THROUGH THE HUMAN PERSON
I praise you, so wonderfully you made me.
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