Does God Exist?
We believe in God because we exist. The world around us only proves the existence of an almighty Creator. “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” (Romans 1:20).
If our existence is not enough to convince the agnostics or atheists that God exists, then there are ten reasons why they should change their mind. These ten important truths are:
Love. Has any scientist explained clearly the nature of love? Unless he loves truly, a scientist cannot tell what love is. If he knows how to love, he can only explain it by experience and not through the microscope or telescope. Does he deny the existence of love? If he believes in love, how can he fail to believe in God? “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him.” (I John 4:16) “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (I John 4:7-8)
Conscience. There is a universal law in us that enables us to tell the right from the wrong. We call them conscience. We feel guilty when we commit a sin or offend someone. According to the Bible, even those who have not heard the Gospel have the requirements of the law written in their hearts. (Romans 2:15)
Knowledge. We are God’s superior creation, and a proof of this is our ability to assume, theorize and think on our own. We are free to analyze our own existence and think about eternity. Some of us are even questioning the existence of God. The Bible knows this and warns the people against falling into the same trap. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile. (Psalm 53:1) Many people had denied the existence of God in the past but all of them are now forgotten. “The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” (Isaiah 29:14)
The Bible. The Word of God is contained in the Bible, which explains the wonderful truth about creation, existence, love, joy and holiness. “By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.” (Psalm 33:6) Despite the publication of many books about the big bang theory or the theory of evolution, God keeps His Word in the heart of the believers. “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:30) Written two thousand years ago, the Bible is still a bestseller today. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
Scientific Truths. While the Bible speaks of spiritual truths, it also conveys truths that can be observed by human senses and understanding. Foremost of these truths is the Bible’s description of the universe. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1) Before Galileo was born, the Bible was already comparing the stars in heaven with the sand on the seashore. (Genesis 22:18) The Bible also revealed that the earth is circular and the universe is expanding. “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” (Isaiah 40:22)
Israel. The Old Testament in the Bible had documented the history of Israel from Abraham to the 12 sons of Jacob (12 tribes of Israel). Beyond recording the events in Israel, the Bible had precisely foretold the future of Israel and the world. First, the Bible talked about the destruction of Jerusalem, and the spread of the Jews around the planet. We know how Israel was overtaken by other countries and how the Jews fled their homeland to seek refuge in other countries. We know how the Nazis tried to annihilate the Jews and we know how God miraculously saved them and brought them back to Israel. Before this happened, the book of Zechariah was already conveying this prophecy. This is what the Lord Almighty says, “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” (Zechariah 8:8)
Population. If the claims of scientists that men have been living on earth for millions of years now were true, then the earth’s resources should have been depleted a long time ago. It would take only a few thousand years for men and women to fill the earth with their children. For example, a very old man named Abraham who lived about four thousand years ago was the father of many nations. “And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” (Hebrews 11:11) Of course, if it were not for wars, calamities and plagues, the earth would have run out of space for humans. The first year of Jewish calendar was 3760 B.C.
Progress. It is hard to imagine how a chaotic disorder like the big bang would result in orderly concepts like democracy or how a loud explosion in the stars would eventually cause music. How is it that humans appreciate beauty and are able to create arts if existence really began as a disaster?
Life on earth is a process, growth or progress. From an infant, a human becomes an adult capable of reasoning and doing things. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 in part)
The fact that men live in harmony with nature and that we desire progress in every thing – from resources and recognition – is a manifestation that Someone is in control. In the Book of Colossians, Paul referred to Jesus Christ as the Son of God who controls all things. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
Time. Scientists do not believe in eternity, because they explain things according to their sensory experience of the world. Their observation is mainly confined to the physical world where time seems to dictate everything. They deny God because they think that time has a beginning and an end. The book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” There is eternity because there is God. He is “from all eternity.” (Psalm 93:2) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
Spiritual Truth. Apart from our sensory experience of the world, men also live in spiritual truths. The joy that poor people have when worshipping the Lord is brought about by their recognition of these truths that are revealed to them by the Holy Spirit. Scientists who analyze things according to their sensory experience of the physical world are not able to see the spiritual truth. “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Only those who have accepted the grace of salvation offered by Jesus Christ can recognize and embrace these truths. “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthian 2:12-14)
Aside from the ten truths mentioned above, there are a million reasons why we should believe and glorify God, the One who created the universe and put man on top of all His creation. He was there before time began and will be there after the end of the universe. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8 in part)
God oversees all things. “From heaven, the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling place, He watches all who live on earth.” (Psalm 33:13-14) “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)
To those who continue to deny God’s existence and doubt His Word, the Bible contains these verses: “The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.” (I Corinthians 8:1 in part). “The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the Word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9)
To find wisdom, let us approach the One who is the source of our existence. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
We must understand, however, that in order to understand the Word of God, we have to know and embrace the fundamental truth – that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came down from heaven to die for our sins and give us eternal life. Jesus said: “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News.” (Mark 1:15 in part)
Bible verses were quoted from the New International Version (NIV).