Many people ask is God real or not? Does God exist? Is there evidence for God? What are the arguments for God’s existence? Is God alive or dead?
Maybe you’ve struggled with these questions in your mind. This is what this article is all about.
Interestingly, the Bible makes no argument for the existence of God. Instead, the Bible assumes God’s existence from the very first few words, “In the beginning, God…” The biblical writers did not feel a need, apparently, to offer arguments for the existence of God. To deny the existence of God is foolish (Psalm 14:1).
Yet, sadly, many in our day do deny the existence of God. Some deny his existence because they do not want to be accountable to God, and others because they have a difficult time understanding how God can exist and the world be so broken.
Even so, the Psalmist was right, theism is rational, and to deny God is not. In this post we will briefly visit many rational arguments for the existence of God.
Proof of God’s existence
I believe that all men and women know that God is real. However, I believe that some just suppress the truth. I remember I was talking to this young girl who said that she tried to force herself to believe that God was not real.
She tried to become an atheist, but she couldn’t. You have to deny everything to claim that God does not exist. Not only do you have to deny everything, but you have to know everything to claim that as well. Here are 17 reasons why God is real.
“To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.”
“What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!” Jeremy Taylor
“If the evolutionary mechanism of natural selection depends on death, destruction, and violence of the strong against the weak, then these things are perfectly natural. On what basis, then, does the atheist judge the natural world to be horribly wrong, unfair, and unjust?” Tim Keller
“The atheist can’t find God for the same reason that a thief can’t find a police officer.”
“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.” – C.S Lewis
Famous atheists who converted to Christianity, Theism, or Deism.
Kirk Cameron – Kirk Cameron likes to call himself “a recovering atheist.” He once believed that he was too smart to believe in fairy tales. One day he was invited to attend church with a family and everything changed. During the sermon he felt guilty over sin and he was amazed by the awesome love and compassion of God found in Jesus Christ. After the service, he was bombarded by many questions in his mind such as, where did we come from? Is there really a God in heaven?
After weeks of struggling with questions, Kirk Cameron bowed his head and asked for forgiveness for his pride. He opened his eyes and he felt an overwhelming sense of peace unlike anything he has ever experienced. He knew from that moment on that God was real and Jesus Christ died for his sins.
Antony Flew – At one point in time, Andrew Flew was the world’s most famous atheist. Anthony Flew changed his mind about God because of recent discoveries in biology and the integrated complexity argument.
What is God?
Have you ever asked yourself who is God or what is God? God is supreme above all things. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. We will never be able to comprehend the great depths of who God is. From the Bible we know that God is necessary for the creation of all things. God is a purposeful, personal, omnipotent, omnipresent, and an omniscient Being. God is one Being in three divine Persons. The Father, Son, and the Holy Sprit. God has revealed Himself in science and also in history.
Who created God?
God is the only self-existent being. No one created God. God exists outside of time, space, and matter. He is the only eternal being. He is the uncaused cause of the universe.
Morality argument for God’s existence.
We know that God is real because there is a moral standard and if there is a moral standard, then there is a transcendent moral Truth Giver. The moral argument has a few variations in the way it is articulated. The kernel of the argument dates back only to Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), so it is one of the “newer” arguments in this post.
The simplest form of the argument is that since it is obvious that there is a “perfect moral ideal” then we should assume that that ideal had an origin, and the only rational origin for such an idea is God. Putting it into even more basic terms; since there is a such thing as objective morality (murder, for example, is never a virtue in any society or culture), then that objective moral standard (and our sense of duty to it) must come from outside of our experience, from God.
People challenge this argument by challenging the presupposition that there is an objective moral standard, or to argue that God is not necessary; that finite minds and the societies they make up are able to contemplate moral standards for the common good. Of course, this is undermined even by the word good. Where did the concept of good come from and how do we distinguish good from evil.
This is a particularly compelling argument, especially when we are confronted with unquestioned evil. Many, even among those who argue against the existence of God, would argue that Hitler was objectively evil. This admission of objective morality points to the God, the one who established those moral categories in our hearts.
Many atheists and agnostics make the mistake of thinking that Christians are saying that they have no morals, which is not true. The argument is where do morals come from? Without God everything is just someone’s subjective opinion. If someone says that something is wrong because they don’t like it, then why is that the standard? For example, if someones says that rape is wrong because the victim doesn’t like it, why is that the standard? Why is something right and why is something wrong?
The standard can’t come from something that changes so it can’t come from the law. It has to come from something that remains constant. There has to be a universal truth. As a Christian/theist I can say that lying is wrong because God is not a liar. An atheist can’t say that lying is wrong without jumping into my theistic worldview. Our conscience tells us when we do something wrong and the reason for that is, God is real and He has implemented His law in our hearts.
Romans 2:14-15 “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.”
Teleological argument for God’s existence
This argument can be illustrated in the story of where my automatic watch came from. As you may know, an automatic (self-winding) watch is a mechanical wonder, full of gears and weights and jewels. It is precise and needs no battery – the movement of one’s wrist keeps it wound.
One day, as I was walking on the beach, the sand began to swirl in the wind. The earth around my feet was also moving, probably due to geologic forces. The elements and materials (metals from rocks, glass from sand, etc.) began to come together. After a good while of random swirling the watch began to take shape, and when the process was complete, my finished watch was ready to wear, set to the right time and all.
Of course, such a story is nonsense, and any rational reader would see it as fanciful story- telling. And the reason that it is such obvious nonsense is because everything about a watch points to a designer. Someone collected the materials, formed and shaped and manufactured the parts, and assembled it according to a design.
The teleological argument, put most simply, is that design demands a designer. When we observe nature, which is billions of times more complex than the most advanced wrist watch, we can see that things have design, which is evidence of a designer.
Detractors of this argue that given enough time, order can develop out of disorder; thus, giving the appearance of design. This falls flat though, as the illustration above would demonstrate. Would billions of years be enough time for a watch to form, come together and display the correct time?
Creation screams that there is a creator. If you find a cell phone on the ground, I guarantee that your first thought is not going to be wow it magically appeared there. Your first thought is going to be that someone dropped their phone. It didn’t just get there on its own. The universe reveals that there is a God. This leads me to my next point, but before I start, I know that some people are going to say, “well how about the Big Bang theory?”
My response is that, science and everything in life teaches us that something can never come from nothing. There has to be a catalyst. It is intellectual suicide to believe it can. How did your house get there? Someone built it. Look all around you right now. Everything that you are looking at, was made by someone. The universe did not get here on its own. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Without moving them and without anyone moving your arms, will they move from that position? The answer to this question, is no!
You can look at your TV or phone and instantly know that it was made by an intelligence. Look at the complexity of the universe and look at any human and you know they were made by an intelligence. If a phone was intelligently made that means the creator of the phone was intelligently made. The creator of the phone has to have an intelligent being to create him. Where does intelligence come from? Without an all-knowing God you can’t account for anything. God is the Intelligent Designer.
Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
Psalm 19:1 “For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.”
Jeremiah 51:15 “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.”
Psalm 104:24 “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”
The Cosmological argument for God’s existence
This argument has two parts to it, and they are often described as the vertical cosmological argument and the horizontal cosmological argument.
The horizontal cosmological argument for the existence of God looks back to Creation and the original cause of all things. We can observe causes for everything in nature (or assume causes in the cases in which we cannot observe the actual cause firsthand. Thus, tracing these causes back we can deduce that there must be original cause. The original cause behind all of
creation, the argument asserts, must be God.
The vertical cosmological argument for the existence of God reasons that behind the being of the universe that now exists, there must be a cause. Something, or someone must be sustaining the universe. The cosmological argument asserts that the only rational conclusion is that a supreme being, independent of the universe and its laws, must be the sustaining force behind the being of the universe. As the Apostle Paul said, He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Ontological argument for God’s existence
There are many forms of the Ontological Argument, all of which are very complex and many have been abandoned by modern theist apologists. In its simplest form the argument works from the idea of God to the reality of God.
Since man believes that God exists, God must exist. Man could not have an idea of God in the mind (lesser) if the reality of God (greater) did exist. Since this argument is so complex, and since most find it unpersuasive, this briefest of summaries is probably sufficient.
The transcendental argument for God’s existence
Another argument with roots in the thought of Immanuel Kant is the Transcendental Argument. The argument states that in order to make sense of the universe, it is necessary to affirm the existence of God.
Or, put the other way, to deny the existence of God is to deny the meaning of the universe. Since the universe has meaning, God must exist. The existence of God is a necessary precondition of the existence of the universe.
Can Science prove the existence of God?
Science, by definition, cannot prove the existence of anything. One scientist famously declared that science cannot prove the existence of science. Science is a method of observation. The “scientific method” is a way to observe things by making hypotheses and then testing the validity of the hypothesis. The scientific method, when followed, results in a theory.
Therefore science is of very limited use within theistic apologetics (arguments for the existence of God). Further, God is not testable in the sense that the physical world is testable. The Bible teaches that God is spirit. It should also be noted, however, that science is equally unable to prove that God does not exists, even though many in our present day argue to the contrary.
Further, science is very concerned with cause and effect. Every effect must have a cause. We can trace many effects to their causes, and much of science is occupied in this pursuit. But man, through scientific observation, has yet to discern an original cause or a first cause. Christians, of course, know that the original cause is God.
Can DNA prove God’s Existence?
We all will agree that DNA is complex. In this area, Evolution fails to provide answers. DNA was clearly created by an Intelligent Source an Intelligent Writer of the code.
DNA does not, by itself, prove God’s existence. Yet, DNA clearly shows that life has design, and using one of the most persuasive arguments in this post – teleological argument – we can argue that the evidence of design in DNA. Since DNA shows design, there must be a designer. And that designer is God.
The fact that there are different races shows that God is real. If we happened by chance everyone would be the same. The fact that there are African-American people, Spanish people, Caucasian people, Chinese people, and more has a Unique Creator written all over it.
Acts 17:26 “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 the boundaries of their lands.”
Eternity in our hearts
All the things that this world has to offer will never truly satisfy us. In our hearts we know that there is more to life than this. We know that there is a life after this. We all have a sense of a “higher power.” When I was an unbeliever I had more than others in my age group, but I was never truly satisfied until I put my trust in Jesus Christ. I know now that this is not my home. I feel homesick sometimes because I long for my true home in Heaven with the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Answered prayers show that God is real. Millions of Christians have prayed God’s will and their prayers were answered. I have prayed things that were answered by God in a way that I know it was only Him that could have done it. It is always good as a believer to have a prayer journal to write down your prayers.
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
Fulfilled prophecy is evidence of God’s existence
Fulfilled prophecy shows that there is a God and He is the author of the Bible. There were so many prophecies of Jesus that were written hundreds of years before His time like Psalm 22; Isaiah 53:10; Isaiah 7:14; Zechariah 12:10; and more. There is no way that anyone can deny these passages that were written way before Jesus’ time. Also, there are prophecies that are being fulfilled before our eyes.
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Psalm 22:16-18 “Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”
2 Peter 3:3-4 “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
The Bible proves God’s existence
God reveals Himself through His Word. The Bible has been heavily scrutinized for hundreds of years. If there was a huge fallacy that proved it was false don’t you think people would have found it by now? Prophecies, nature, science, and archaeological facts are all in the Scriptures.
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Isaiah 45:18 “For this is what the LORD says– he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited– he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
God reveals Himself through Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in the flesh. There are many eyewitness accounts of Jesus and His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus performed many miracles in front of many people and Scripture prophesied about Christ.
John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”
1 Timothy 3:16 “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
Hebrews 1:1-2 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”
You don’t argue what is not fake
God is real because you don’t argue what is not real. Think about it for a second. Does anyone argue about the existence of the Easter bunny? No. Does anyone argue about the existence of the fictional Santa Claus that climbs people’s chimneys? No. Why is that? The reason is that you know Santa is not real. It’s not that people don’t think that God is real. People hate God so they suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
The famous atheist Richard Dawkins can be seen in this video saying mock and ridicule Christians to a crowd of militant atheists. If God is not real why would thousands of people come out to hear an atheist speak? If God is not real why do atheist debate Christians for hours? Why are there atheist churches? Why are atheists always mocking Christians and God? You have to admit that if something is not real you don’t do these things. These things clearly show that they know He is real, but they want nothing to do with Him.
Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”
Psalm 14:1 “To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.”
Miracles are evidence of God’s existence
Miracles are great evidence for God. There are many doctors who know God is real because of the miracles that they have witnessed. There is no explanation for the many miracles that go on every day in the world.
Psalm 77:14 “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”
Exodus 15:11 “Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you– majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”
I am proof that God exists. Not only me, but all Christians. There are some people who we look at and say this person will never change. They are extremely stubborn and wicked. When wicked people repent and put their trust in Christ that is evidence that God has done a mighty work in them. When the baddest of the baddest turn to Christ you see God and that is a huge testimony.
1 Timothy 1:13-16 “Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
Evil in the world
The fact that people and the world is so evil shows that God exists because it shows that the devil exists. Most people are fueled by violence and wicked things. Satan has blinded many. When I was an unbeliever I witnessed witchcraft from various friends who were into it. Witchcraft is real and I saw it destroy people’s lives. Where does that dark evil power come from? It comes from Satan.
2 Corinthians 4:4 “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”
Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Love reveals God
Where does love come from? How do we have the ability to love someone? Why is love so powerful? That is a question that no one can answer except the Lord. The reason that you can love others is because God loved you first.
1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
God leads us
As Christians we know that God is real because we feel Him leading our lives. We see God opening doors when we are in His will. Through different situations I see God working in my life. I see Him bringing out the fruits of the Spirit. Sometimes I look back and I say, “oh so that is why I went through that situation, you wanted me to get better in that area.” Christians feel His conviction when we are going in the wrong direction. There is nothing like feeling the presence of the Lord and speaking to Him in prayer.
John 14:26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Proverbs 20:24 “A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?”
It all comes down to faith
There are many arguments we could use to support the existence of God. Some of these ideas are better than others. At the end of the day, we know that God is real, not on the strength of the rational arguments we put forth, but on the way God has revealed himself in nature and in a special way through his Word, the Bible.
That stated, Christianity is a rational world view. Apologetic arguments prove at least that. And we know that it is more than rational, it is true. We can see God’s work in creating the universe. God’s existence is the most rational explanation for the original cause behind everything. And the vast, infinitely complex design we observe in nature (through the scientific method, for example) speaks to an infinitely wise Creator.
We don’t hang our theological hats on apologetic arguments, but they can be helpful to demonstrate the rational Christian understanding of God. Where we hang our hats is the Bible. And the Bible, while making no arguments for the existence of God, begins and ends with the existence of God. In the beginning God…
Hebrews 11:6 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.
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