Does God Exist?
No idea is more commonly held by people throughout the world and throughout history than the idea of God – the Supreme Being, the Creator, and Ruler of the Universe.
Yet God is more than an idea. He is more than a symbol for good or merely an impersonal “higher power.” God is a very real spirit Being who always existed in the past and will always exist in the future.
Jewish teachers often called God “The Incomprehensible One.” That’s why it’s a good thing that God has chosen to tell us who He is. He’s accomplished this primarily through His Word, the Bible, through Creation, through the life and teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ, and through the insight of His Holy Spirit.
Can we be sure God exists? This is a very important question. Very important!
Let’s look at four arguments to support the existence of God.
1. The ontological argument.
The very fact that humans have an idea of God points to His existence. Experts agree that a pursuit of, or belief in, the divine can be found among all peoples and tribes of the earth. Since every rational person has thought about God in one way or another, we can reasonable conclude that He exists.
For example, Earth’s seas have always felt the tug of the moon’s gravitational field, creating tides. Even if you can’t see the moon or explain exactly what the moon is, the tides show the moon’s presence. In the same way, humans have always felt a tug toward a Supreme Being. Even though God can’t be seen, the incredibly strong pull we feel toward Him is evidence of His existence.
2. The cosmological argument.
Every effect must have a cause. A four-year-old might really believe his muddy footprints “just happen by theirself,” but Mom sure doesn’t! If the universe had a beginning point – which science also now supports – there must have been some incredibly powerful cause or person to begin it. We believe that someone was God.
Thinking he had proved the nonexisitence of God, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made this statement upon his return from orbiting the earth: “I didn’t see God out there.”
Think about it, Yuri. When you look at a skyscraper, do you expect to see the architect and contractor standing in the window?
3. The teleological argument.
There is order, harmony, purpose, and intelligence in nature and the world. Logic suggests that an intelligent and purposeful being produced it.
For example, if you saw a stunning mansion built on a cliff high above the ocean, you would know that a master architect and skilled builders were involved (even if they weren’t standing in the window). Likewise, the amazing and beautiful ocean below makes a strong argument for the existence of am amazing intelligence behind it. (In fact, the more beautiful, complex, and perfectly ordered the creation, the more intelligent and powerful the creator you would expect responsible for it.
Psalm 19:2 tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
4. The moral argument.
One of the characteristics of humans is that we have a moral code – a built-in system of right and wrong. This has been true of every people and every civilization in recorded history. Even the most hardened criminal understand s the difference (even if it’s pretty twisted). How could a moral compass – often called “the higher law” – just happen? This sense of right and wrong in the heart of every person is evidence of a moral Creator. (And it stands to reason He cares a lot about right and wrong.)
It’s interesting to know that God doesn’t require us to prove His existence or be intellectually convinced. He wants us to choose to believe in Him with our will by faith. God exists whether we believe in Him or not.
The atheist (“There is no God”) and the agnostic (“I am not sure there is a God”) must take a leap of faith to deny all evidence that points to God.
I hope this helps. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day.
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Pastor Linzy Slayden, Friendship Baptist Church, Owasso, OK