Evidence For God’s Existence

I’ve been putting this post off because I don’t feel as if I can do the subject justice. I don’t know enough, can’t explain well enough. But I’ve felt the need to put into words what I know, so I decided to give a stab at it.

The question, how do Christians know there is a God, or some version of it, has come up more than once. There are two layers of this question, I think. And two ways of looking at it.

First, I can try to remember back when I first believed in God. What convinced me then? Second, I can look at what keeps me convinced now. Those are the two ways of looking at the question. Since I was young and can’t factually trace my thoughts when I first put my trust in Jesus, I’ll have to look at the question from the perspective of what keeps me convinced.

As to the two layers, I want to start with what evidence there is for God from the created world. Of course, I’ve tipped my hand by the wording of the last sentence, because those who don’t believe in God don’t think the world was created. But I do, and here are some of the reasons, in no particular order.

1) According to evolutionary theory, life began with single celled organisms. But even those single cells, we now know, have very complex DNA codes with tiny “machines” involved in DNA copying. So at it’s basic, most simple form, life is amazingly complex. How could such complexity come into being apart from a complex designer?

2) The existence of language. I’m not even referring to human language here but rather genetic code. From Wikipedia: “The genetic code is the set of rules used by living cells to translate information encoded within genetic material (DNA or mRNA sequences) into proteins.” Translate information. The whole process of “pre-existent” information that needs to be translated and passed along indicates an intelligent mind that has that information to begin with.

3) According to the Wiki definition, the genetic code is a “set of rules.” So, not random. In fact science identifies any number of natural laws, and mathematics works because 1+1 always equals 2. Not sometimes. Not most of the time. It’s a fixed “truth.” Like the Law of gravity or the laws of thermodynamics. These are true factually, for all time and space, true. How could anything but order produce such order? Nothingness could not. Randomness could not.

4) Beauty. The aesthetic claim is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that isn’t completely true. When beauty appears as a rainbow in the sky, or captured by a lawn sprinkler, no one says how ugly it is. Some may ignore it, but if they are called to see the rainbow, they universally admit it is beautiful. Same with sunsets and sunrises. Snow covered mountains. Red-breasted robins. The first tulip of spring. On and on. The beauty of nature is inexplicable. Well, I’m sure there are scientific reasons why light refracts and so on, but why do we humans find them beautiful? There’s something in our makeup that responds to the aesthetic of color and light and shadow and shape, and there is nothing “functional” about it. Truly, only a being who enjoys is capable of giving us humans the ability to appreciate beauty.

5) God gives life coherence. What is truth? Why are we here? Where did we come from? What is our destiny? Only a belief in God gives logical, consistent answers to these kinds of questions. Science simply has nothing to contribute. The honest scientist will say, from science we don’t know.

6) Morality. Humans believe in right and wrong. Where did that idea come from, if not from a being who is just.

7) Evil. How could humans know evil if good does not exist? Without good, there would be no contrasting opposite. Hence, God, because we do know that good and evil exist.

8) Worship. The nearly universal sense that there is a spiritual force or forces at work in the world. Whether Hindus or Buddhists or Jews or pagan idol worshipers, humans down through time have had what Christians refer to as a God-shaped vacuum in our souls. Far from “no god” being the default position for a person, as some atheists claim, history bears out that “there is a god” is the default position. The question then becomes who is he and does he matter?

9) Joy. C.S. Lewis in Surprised by Joy explained this far better than I ever could. The idea is that at times something seems so perfect—so beautiful, moving, uplifting, peaceful, “right”—that we simply want to capture it and stay in that moment for always. He identifies this as “joy.” But in fact the sense of perfection is fleeting. Nevertheless, it shows us that there is something more. And if we experience the taste of more, it’s likely we were made for more, God being that “more.”

10) Revelation. The only way we can move from an awareness of God’s existence, which is pretty easy to do, given the preponderance of the evidence, is for God to reveal Himself to us. And He has. Of course various religions claim revelation (which should be a clue that there is revelation), and our task is to know which is the true revelation. That discussion is different from this one, of course, so I won’t tackle it here.

I have no doubt there are other points I have overlooked when it comes to presenting evidence for God’s existence. But what I find is that God’s existence as He has revealed Himself in the Bible is the most logically consistent explanation of the existence of life, our universe, our world. He brings coherence to the various pieces of evidence I mentioned above.

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  1. Well written. Well done.

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  2. Thank you, Rebecca, for your insightful post of “Evidence For God’s Existence.” As a former agnostic, that struggled with this question for years I found your ten points to be an enjoyable, welcome read.

    From an apologetic study, I believe there is an abundance of information about Christ and His resurrection; however, there is scant discussion about the evidence for God’s existence. For me, it is intriguing that humans have approached this subject from a theological, philosophical, and scientific frame of reference. From a theological view, Theodicy. From a philosophical view, Ontology. From a scientific view, Quantum Mechanics.

    What we know today, 2019, from a scientific view, is that there are more than thirty physical constants, such as the polarity of water molecules, the speed of light, entropy, gravity, etc. that must be at just the right magnitude; otherwise nothing would exist. And these constants, such as the cosmological constant, are mind-boggling sensitive. Sensitive to 120 places to the right of the decimal. Any slight variation in these thirty plus constants would destroy the universe or never support life. Renowned physicist Steven Weinberg said, ‘Else the universe either would have dispersed too fast for stars and galaxies to have formed, or else would have collapsed upon itself long ago.’”

    As a scientist, as well as a person that studied theology, philosophy and I am a Christian, I firmly believe the evidence exists. And while these studies help to discover God, I believe the most profound tool we have to display the evidence of God, is mathematics. From the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence, to the mathematics of the Quantum Mechanics, to the mathematics of Probability, to the mathematics of the Cosmology. God’s glory—and evidence— is beyond the descriptions of our language.

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    • RD, thank you so much for expanding this discussion. I’m aware of a “fine tuning” argument for God’s existence, but I don’t know enough to add that to the list. Your info supplies that! It’s remarkable to me that Scripture says we can know God by what He made. Some atheists believe “a god of the gaps” concept and not a God who created all and upholds all by the word of His power, so in reality, the more we learn about the universe, the more we learn about God.

      I was researching the Big Bang idea, for instance. I don’t know if I can explain what I read but the idea apparently is, no one (scientists) knows what caused the start, but it all began as a singularity that expanded rapidly, emitting great heat. At that point, I thought, I wonder if these guys know that God describes Himself as a Consuming Fire.

      Interesting concept, though certainly we don’t know the method God used to create. But creation does point to Him . . . for those who have eyes to see.

      Thanks again.

      Becky

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  3. Amen to everything you said! I was puzzled by the illustration, hoping you were going to explain it…?

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    • The picture at the top? It’s just an illustration of complexity in what once appeared to be a simple element.

      Or did you have something else in mind?

      Becky

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