This question has been spoken from the mouths of mere mortals since the beginning of time itself. For most people, the answer to this question could be as simple as yes or no and it cannot be proved or disproved. It's also interesting to consider the fact that many who are quick to answer 'no' or express indifference, are those who have either not cared to find out the truth, or those who have had no inkling of any sort of religion in one's life. Many of you probably know at least one person who claims to know the answer to this question, yet lacks substance and foundation behind their answer. The truth lies in a complex, yet simple system of belief called Faith. True knowledge and confidence in it must come from experience. A man of opinion is only entitled to that. A man of experience is not bound by another's 'opinion'. So, have you had your test of faith? Can you say for yourself that God exists?
Evidence #1: The World Around Us
You'd think these questions could be simple to answer. Look around you. The sky, the ocean, the wildlife. Everything. Life. We exist. For some, this is enough to acknowledge a higher intelligence than ourselves. For others, our eyes are far more wide open than the rest. These things we see, feel, and experience is evidence that a God does exist. The Bible says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world" (Psalm 19:1-4). It's evidence that more than just coincidence in a 'big bang' can bring about into existence a planet full of living, complex organisms that have the ability of intelligence, dominion over other living animals, and the most important aspect of all, the ability to continue our species for survival through reproduction. This must all be counted as evidence for the existence of God. The world around us is evidence in itself.
Evidence #2: The Human Body
The human body is made up of an unfathomable number of cells. One cell in the body has millions of protein molecules. Your odds of winning the lottery are far more likely than the idea of being created by chance. The odds of a single molecule arising into existence by chance is 1 in 10.243 (that's 243 zeros on the end). We didn't just magically appear one day. It makes more sense to acknowledge a divine Designer, or in some religions, a Father of us all.
Evidence #3: Our Hearts
Deep within every persons heart is the knowledge that God exists. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says, "...He has also set eternity in the hearts of men." People all over the world, all throughout history, from all sorts of cultures and civilizations believe in a God of some sort. The human nature for man is to seek out and acknowledge God in their own way. It's etched into our very being. Despite this internal knowledge, there will always be those who will deny it intellectually. Even the Bible had a say on this matter. "The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’" (Psalm 14:1). According to Romans 1:25, "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen." Because of the evidence and the tools given to us outlined in the Bible, there will be no excuses for those who reject truth and God's existence. Romans 1:20 says, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
The foremost fundamental principle known to man. Without it, we will never be able to truly know if God exists. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Here, we are clearly told that it's our responsibility to know if he exists or not. According to the Bible, the tool to discover the existence of God is faith.
- If we exercise faith in our belief that God exists, shouldn't we expect to have this belief confirmed?
"Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’." John 20:29 validates this very question. God would be doing mankind an injustice to appear before the world in all His glory without first requiring us to exercise faith. Faith is a tool, a gift for us to allow God to determine where our hearts lie.
Arguments For God's Existence
- Ontological Argument - This most commonly known argument proves God's existence by using the concept of God. The definition for God in this concept is: "a being than which no greater can be conceived." This concept puts greater balance on existence of life than without. This gives way for the belief of a greater being. Without this greater being, "God", life could not exist.
- Teleological Argument - This argument acknowledges the fact that the universe is made up of such an ingenious, overwhelming, and incomprehensible design still not fully understood by mankind, it had to have been created by a divine Designer. Take into consideration Earth's distance from the sun. It's perfect as it is. Any closer or further away, earth's elements and all life would die.
- Cosmological Argument - Based on the principle that effects have causes, this argument acknowledges that there were causes that brought about the universe into existence. On the other end, some of these "un-causes" had to have happened to bring about life and everything else into existence, and this cause is God.
- Moral Argument - Everyone was born with an innate sense of good and evil, right and wrong. Culture, civilizations, and empires were founded upon some type of governing law. The ten commandments are universally accepted as a moral code by most people throughout history. It's acceptable to think that a holy God instilled a conscience and moral compass into mankind.
Why People Still Reject God and Believe a Lie . . .
- If there is a God, then we must answer to Him (Romans 3:23, 6:23).
- We become responsible and accountable for our actions or lack of actions.
- Easier to accept natural evolution to avoid accepting existence of God.
- Does not understand principle of delayed gratification, preventing feelings of guilt over wrong actions.
- No scientific evidence.
Although these evidences and arguments help to prove the existence of God, there are those of us who revel in our own personal belief and knowledge that God does exist. It's acknowledged in our hearts, in our actions, and our ability to allow Him to lead our lives in faith.
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norm Geisler
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