Reasons For Believing in The Existence of God

February 3, 2014

Reasons For Believing In The Existence Of  God

            The atheist says to the Christian, “You believe there is a God.  Ok, prove it to me.” If the Christian is honest he has to say, “I can’t prove that he exists.” The atheist triumphantly says, “See, there is no God.”  But the atheist can’t prove that God doesn’t exist either.  The fact that you can’t prove that something exists is no proof that it doesn’t exist.

The universe gives the Christian the strongest assurance of the existence of God.  The first and second laws of thermo dynamics tell us that the earth had a beginning.  Those are scientific laws.  That which had a beginning had a cause.  Who or what was the cause?

For thousands of years men have believed that God was the cause and creator of the universe.  This past century more and more are questioning the existence of God.  Those who deny the existence of God are called atheists.  Do they have good reason for denying the existence of God?  Christians by faith accept the testimony of the Bible when it says that God was the creator of the universe.  Hebrews 11:3 says “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” By faith we also believe that he is the sustainer of the universe. Hebrews 1:3 also says, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”  Who has the better explanation, the atheist or the Christian?

How the worlds began isn’t something that can be proven.  It is a philosophical, not a scientific question.  The explanations of the atheists leave thinking people with serious questions that aren’t answered logically.  They offer evolution as an explanation for the development of nature.  That still doesn’t answer the question of who, or what was the cause.  One common explanation being offered is what is called “the big bang theory.” We are justified in asking ourselves, “Could they be serious about that?”  All evidence points to the fact that the result of an explosion is disorder, not order.  Even so, we are still left with the question, “What caused the explosion?”

It isn’t logical to believe that the universe came into existence without purpose or plan.  Design is written all over  it.  Where there is design, there has to be a designer.  That implies an intelligent being.

The explanation of the atheist is that all things came into being by chance.  When we start a sentence by saying, “It so happened that…,” the end of the sentence most often speaks of an unfavorable rather than a favorable circumstance.  Without realizing it, the atheists attribute to blind chance some of the attributes of God.

So, what reasons do we have for believing in the existence of God?  We can boldly say, “The facts infer the existence of God.” Inference is a conclusion that is derived by reasoning.  Many times, in a court case, a person is declared to be guilty by inference.  It hasn’t been proven that he or she is guilty, but the facts that have been gathered lead to that implication.

We can logically arrive at the conclusion that God exists by means of the following syllogism:

Premise 1.  The universe is a highly complex mechanism.

Premise 2.  The creation of a highly complex mechanism demands an all-powerful and all-wise                         Creator.

Premise 3.  The atheists haven’t offered a satisfactory and logical explanation for the                                             existence of the universe.

Conclusion:  God must exist because he is the only one capable of bringing the universe int                                     existence.

If there is no God, then there is no logical explanation for life and the world we live in.  The existence of God is a philosophical conclusion we come to after examining the evidence. Don’t let the atheists intimidate you.  You have more reason for believing in God than they do for denying that he exists.

Atheists like to take it for granted that science proves there is no God.  That leaves Christians feeling the need of defending their faith.  Actually, the atheists have more need of defending their belief than the Christians do.  We are constantly surrounded by that which infers that there had to be a designer and creator. Science can’t prove that there is no God;  neither can it prove that there is.  It is much more reasonable to believe that all things were made by God.

Some Christians boldly proclaim, “The Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth.  God said it, I believe it and that settles it.” That’s fine, but your declaration isn’t going to convince the atheist.  He may say, “That’s just blind faith in the Bible.  How do you know that the Bible is true?”  Rather than try to convince him that the Bible is true, he will be more readily convinced if we challenge him to come up with a more logical explanation for the existence of the universe.

I trust you are fully convinced about the existence of God.  If so, you need to be convinced also that all God says in his Word, the Bible, must   be taken seriously.  John 3:17-21 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.    For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.    But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

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