Prove It Series Part 1

by Feb 19, 2024Controversial subject

There are three groups of people who are asking good questions about God and the Bible. They are skeptics, seekers, and believers. Skeptics ask questions because they have doubts. Seekers ask questions because they are in the search for truth. Believers ask questions because they desire answers for themselves and their non-believing friends. When  believers don’t know how to answer some difficult questions about God and the Bible, it can cause them to doubt their faith. Some have even de-converted from their faith. However, there are answers to difficult questions. These answers can be helpful to any skeptic, seeker, or believer. This is Part One of my Prove It Series.

The first question is: Does God Exist?

If your first impulse is to answer, “Of course there is a God! The Bible says so.” But if someone replies, “But I don’t believe in the Bible,” then you are dead in the water. Although I will use the Bible in this post, one can answer this question without using the Bible.

The truth is unafraid of any questions. Questions are good. They are helpful. In fact, Jesus was faced with an honest but skeptical question from, of all people, John the Baptist. John asked Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” (Luke 7:21 NLT) Jesus wasn’t hurt or offended with this question. He just pointed to the number of things he was doing that could only be done by someone who was Divine.

The question, Does God exist? is both an ancient and modern day question. My simple answer is:

For those who search, the fingerprints of God are all around us. They are from a God who wants to be found and known.

In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul is visiting the intellectual center of Athens called the Areopagus. It was the place where great philosophical debates took place. Paul witnesses all kinds of objects of worship from the famous gods of that age. He then sees an altar with the inscription, To An Unknown God. Paul then stood up in the meeting and said,

“People of Athens I see that in every way you are very religious as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship. I even found an altar with this inscription to an unknown God. So, you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – this is what I’m going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and he marked out the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:22-28)

For those who search for God, the fingerprints of God are all around us. They are from a God who wants to be found and wants to be known. In fact, scripture says God says, “You will seek me and find me if you seek me with all of your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Socrates was famous for this saying, “We should follow the argument wherever it leads.”  This is the foundation for philosophers and for anyone in the search for truth. Here are three arguments for the Existence of God.

The Universe Must Have a Cause

The most foundational Law of Science is the Law of Cause and Effect. If you are reading this post and your heart is pumping blood throughout your body, you are the effect that your biological mother and father caused. You most likely know of a former roommate, friend, or sibling who five minutes after entering a clean and organized room, they caused the room to become incredibly messy. They were the cause, and the mess was the effect.

Scientists, cosmologists, and researchers, whether they are theists, atheists, or agnostics, believe everything is pointing to the universe having a beginning. Stephen Hawking, who discovered black hole radiation said, “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang.” Russian cosmologist and agnostic, Alexander Vilenkin, says, “With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past eternal universe. There is now no escape; they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.”

I’m one who believes that there was a Creator who spoke and bang, it happened. For those who don’t believe there was any divine intervention in the cosmologist world, there is a phrase called A Singularity.  It means that something popped into existence from nothing. Here’s a big problem: there is no scientific data that says that nothing has ever created anything out of nothing. As a result, we are left with only two choices: 1. No one created something out of nothing. Or 2. Someone created something out of nothing.

Frank Turek, a former atheist and now a national speaker says,

“If space, time, and matter had a beginning – the only thing that could cause that is something that transcends space, time, and matter. In other words, that cause must be spaceless, timeless, and immaterial. It must be powerful to create the universe out of nothing and personal in order to choose to create because impersonal forces don’t make choices. This cause must also be intelligent to have a mind to make a choice.”

I believe that if the universe had a beginning, then there must have been a Beginner.

Design Demands a Designer

Taking an honest look at our earth, galaxy, and universe, we see that it is filled with complexity within the context of order. We are surrounded by examples. What was once called a simple cell is no longer simple given the technology available today. The human eye is one of the most fascinating parts of the human body that functions at the speed of light. Its complexity is breath taking.

The greatest example of complexity within the context of order is DNA. A human genome is 6.4 billion letters (base pairs) long. This is the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism. Another way of explaining our DNA code, it’s what determines the uniqueness of who we are – our eye color, hair color, our height, size of our nose, and features. Each of our individual codes would fill more than 175 books or 262,000 densely printed pages.  

Have you ever been to the Library of Congress in Washington DC or watched National Treasure 2, you know it’s one of the most famous libraries in the world. The Library of Congress was not the result of an explosion in a printing shop. Intelligent minds had thoughts put into writing, a book was published, and was placed in this library. The designer of those books was the cause, and all the books are the effects.

If I took you to the fanciest restaurant in the world and treated you to an exquisite, five-course, mouth-watering meal, would I need to convince you that it was the cooks in the kitchen who produced your meal? Or would you believe an explosion in the kitchen gave you your five-course meal? Intelligent designs with incredible complexity within the context of order demands a Designer.

Moral Law Demands a Moral Law Giver

When a quarterback throws a touchdown and then throws a pick six, how do you know which is a good thing and which is a really bad thing?  You cannot know, unless you understand the purpose.  Once you understand the purpose of the football game – whoever scores the most points wins – you understand a touchdown for your team takes you closer to the purpose and a pick six takes you away from the purpose. Without understanding the purpose, you won’t know or understand why fans are cheering with excitement or losing their minds in frustration.

In a football game, there are rules of the game that help facilitate the purpose of the game. These rules apply to every team in every stadium. Each sideline is painted in white paint for everyone to see. These sidelines establish what is in bounds and what is out of bounds. In the NFL, if you catch the ball and land with two feet in bounds on the green grass, it’s a legal catch. If you jump in the air, catch the ball and one foot lands on the green grass and one foot touches the white sideline by only ¼ of an inch, it is ruled out of bounds – no catch. But you may think, “But he tried really hard and did his very best and caught it!” The rule book doesn’t care. The slightest part of a foot touching the any blades of white grass results in an out of bounds ruling. No emotion. No sympathy. No catch.

As human beings, we instinctively understand that certain things are morally wrong and other things are morally right. And, we don’t place moral standards on our dogs.  When a dog steals another dog’s bone, we don’t have a angry fit and accuse the dog of being a thief who deserves jail time. Also, when dogs are in heat and do things that dogs do when they’re in heat, when they come back to the house you are not morally outraged at their perverted behavior and call them a disgusting fornicator! We don’t do that because human beings know we are held to a different standard; a moral standard. Why is it that we instinctively know it is right to be honest and that it is right to show empathy when someone is hurting. We also know it is right to have fidelity within a committed relationship, and it is right to show gratitude instead of ungratefulness. We also know and understand that stealing, lying, cheating, rape, murder, and terrorism are objectively wrong no matter what country, generation, or century one lives in.  

Whether someone believes in God or not, there are reasons for law and order.  Without law and order we know chaos, crime, pain, and death rates will rise as a result. Why do we instinctively know this? The Bible tells us. Genesis 1 says God chose to create mankind in His own image. Romans 2:14-15 says that God has written His laws on the hearts of mankind. This means we have a moral compass because we come from a God who is the Moral Giver.

If there is no God, then there is no moral standard. There is nothing supreme over human beings. If there is no God, the Nazis weren’t wrong. To say so is just your opinion. At the Nuremberg trials after World War II that were televised all over the known world at the time, they came to this conclusion: even though Nazi soldiers and the Third Reich in Germany said it was morally right to exterminate Jews, the world said, loud and clear, they were wrong!

If there’s no God, then love is no better than rape. If there’s no God, there are no human rights. If there’s no God, then murder, slavery, and racism aren’t wrong. Whatever you think is just your opinion.  And if there is no God, then you can’t complain about the problem of evil. Because when we complain about the problem of evil, it’s telling us there is an internal moral compass that is messed up inside of us. Therefore, if there’s no God, get over it. That’s just life. Without God, it’s just your opinion and somebody else has a different opinion. Hitler had a different opinion. Who’s to say he was wrong?

A famous British philosopher called CS Lewis was in search of truth, but he didn’t believe there was a God. He eventually ran up against something deep inside of him that turned his heart towards believing there had be a God. Lewis states in his book, Mere Christianity, As an atheist, my argument against God was that the universe seems so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

I believe every human being is made in the image of God and God has placed His objective truth of right and wrong inside of us. And those who search for Him will find the fingerprints of God are all around us. Why? Because they’re from a God who wants to be known and found.  It’s almost like God throws bread crumbs around us to draw us to Himself.  The reason why Jesus went to the cross so we could be reconciled with this God who loves us.

God is spaceless, timeless, and immaterial (until Jesus took on human form). He is a God who is powerful, who is personal, and who is intelligent to be the cause behind the effects of His creation. He is also the intelligent Designer behind the design of this universe and He is the Moral Law Giver to all mankind. Therefore, although there are more, here are three proofs that God does exist!

3 Proofs: God Does Exist!

 

 

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