How do we know God really exists?
How do we know God exists? Is there any evidence that there is a God?
All that we know about God has not been dreamt up by the fanciful thoughts of theologians or philosophers. God has revealed Himself to us. He has done so in many ways, each being ‘a word’ which put together forms a complete statement concerning His existence and character. As we read in the Bible, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ (John 1:1). He has shown Himself and therefore spoken through:
- Creation – the material ‘word’. The beauty and order, the wonder and variety point us day by day to the glory of the One who brought all of creation into being. He is the God of the vastness of space and the inticacy of DNA. Astronaut and moon walker, Col James Irwin said, ‘The Creator of this great planet and universe in which it exists is the One who created the laws of science that makes space travel possible. With God in control of our lives, not only can we explore other planets, we hasten hope for this planet.’
- Individual conscience – the unspoken ‘word’. Within each individual is an innate sense of right and wrong. Conscience can be nurtured or twisted and deadened, but there is naturally and awareness of ultimate morality.
- The Bible – the written ‘word’. The sixty-six books which form our Bible built in evidence that they cannot be written by mere mortals. They are able to accurately and intricately prophesy the future. Though written over 1600 years by forty different authors they have a unity of thought, theme and expression that is explicable only by the awareness of another mind guiding those who wrote the books. The Bible has brought millions of people to a living relationship with God, for as people have read it, God has spoken to them.
- Christ – the living ‘word’. Jesus’ birth, life, teaching, influence, death and resurrection were written by the prophets long before He was born. The things that He taught and did are evidence that He was God manifested in the flesh. Who else can feed thousands with a few loaves and fish? Who else make the blind see, the deaf hear, the mute speak, and raise the dead back to life? Who else could raise Himself back from the dead having been crucified and buried? As we look to Jesus, we see God Himself.
- Circumstances – the personal ‘word’. Time and again Christians can testify to way God has worked in their lives, and brought about an occasion which appeared an amazing coincidence. But Professor C.S. Lewis found that when he prayed coincidences happened, but when he did not, they did not!
- Christian conversion – the experienced ‘word’. Countless individuals, from all sorts of backgrounds, have come to the moment in their lives when they have been willing to turn from all that is wrong in their lives, and ask Jesus Christ to become their Lord and Saviour. They have found that He has changed their habits, aims and ambitions and made them new people. Turning from sin to the true and living God has give transformed them, as they have met with Him, and He has proved Himself to them.
God the Holy Spirit who is at work in the world today, takes these and convinces people of their need to get right with God and find peace through Jesus Christ.
Lord Kelvin, physicist and past president of the Royal Society said, ‘If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to believe in God.’ However, as we have seen, there is a greater body of evidence than just science. In the Book of Jeremiah, in the Bible (29:14) God speaks and says, ‘You shall seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.’
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