Does God Exist?

Many people live today as if God does not exist.

Their lives tell us they do not care whether there is a God or not: they live without reference to Him; they live as though God had died!

In the 1960s a host of articles and books appeared, announcing that “God was dead.” The media fuelled the controversy.

These reports have turned out rather premature. The church cannot be described as a redundant organisation stuck with the corpse of God on its hands: anyone with first-hand experience of the living God cannot think of Him as dead!

Others do not merely live as if God did not exist; they boldly say He does not.

A recent survey, conducted by Harris Interactive in America, reveals that while 79% of Americans believe there is a God, only 66% are absolutely certain of it; 9% do not believe in God and 12% are not sure.

To those who say:

Hebrews 11:3&6 teaches that accepting God exists is a matter of faith - but it is not a blind or blinkered faith that tells us there is a God; rather it is a reasoned faith, a substantial faith, for there are many evidences for the existence of God in the wonderful world around us - and in the wonderful works within us.

Reasons for belief in the existence of God

1 - The Construction of the Universe

How did this world come about? Is it the result of cosmic accidents, or an explosion people have dubbed, ‘The Big Bang’?

These theories that profess to explain the origin of the universe share a common characteristic; they do not hang around too long.

Before the ‘Big Bang’ theory came the ‘steady state’ theory, and the production line of modern atheistical thought will come up with something else when the shockwaves of this Big Bang theory have rippled away into nowhere.

Anything will do - just as long as men are not asked to accept the fact of an Almighty, Intelligent, Gracious Creator!

A biologist once commented that the likelihood of this world being produced by chance is about as statistically possible as that of an explosion in a printing factory producing the complete works of William Shakespeare.

No matter where we look in this world, we are confronted with the facts of intricate and intelligent DESIGN. And, like to admit it or not, where you have such intricate, intelligent design, you have, of necessity, A DESIGNER!

  • If conditions on this earth had been the slightest bit different (i.e. had we been closer/ further away from the sun), life would have been impossible. Our environment shows the signs of meticulous design.
  • We might also consider:
  • the moving of the stars and planets, which are so ordered and precise that Greenwich mean time is worked out from them;
  • the structure of freezing that allows fish to breathe under the ice;
  • a bat’s radar - working with ultrasound echoes to distinguish objects just 3/10ths of a millimetre apart ‑about the width of a pen line on paper;;
  • a bird’s migratory ability;
  • a caterpillar’s metamorphosis;
  • the ability of the whole body to function - including such intricate wonders as DNA, the human brain and the human eye;
  • the strange world of bacteria.

All of these follow patterns which totally defy the idea that they might have all come about through chance and coincidence over a long period of time!

Creation demonstrates that God is a person of immense intelligence and will and power (cf. Psalm 19:1-3; Romans 1:19&20).

The Constitution of Man

The Bible tells us that men are aware of God’s Being because He has stamped His image upon man’s soul and written His law in his conscience (Romans 2:14&15).

A - Man has the ability to reason... intelligence

Our minds are similar to a computer. A computer is programmed to analyse various pieces of information, and, having analysed that information, to arrive at some conclusions about it. The accuracy of the outcome is determined by the way in which the computer is programmed. But when we talk about “having confidence in the ability of the computer to handle data,” we are really saying that we have confidence in the computer programme -and, ultimately, in the ability of the programmer to write the programme! There is a greater intelligence at work behind the operation of that computer/computer programme.

In the same manner, it is fair to assume that underlying our reason is someone else’s reason. This does not prove that God exists - but it points to God as the one who has given to us the faculty of reason.

B - Man has a moral regulator... conscience

All of us make moral judgments. We choose between what is right and what is wrong. Where do those moral signals come from? They cannot be dismissed as compliance with the law of the land, as many countries have laws which permit blatant immorality and evil.

Our ideas of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ come from a wonderful ‘little gadget’ ticking away inside us, like a radar system locking onto evil and telling you of its approach - conscience. Robert Dabney said: “This faculty is a most ingenious spiritual contrivance, adjusted to a Beneficent end: the promotion of virtuous acts, and repression of wicked.”

That inner law strongly suggests a Law-giver; man's conscience is a plain indicator both of God’s existence and of His moral concern (cf. Romans 1:18).

C - Man has a desire to worship... reverence

Every nation on the globe testifies to this, for every tribe and race of man since the dawn of creation has tried to find God - to worship some Being greater than themselves (cf. Acts 17:23).

Is it not reasonable to suppose that this drive for worship within us was placed in our hearts by God Himself? By the stroke of his Creator, man is a religious being.

Each of these facts makes more sense if God exists than if He does not. Taken together, the Constitution of Man makes the case for God’s existence utterly compelling!

The Content of the Bible

The Bible does not set out to prove the existence of God: it treats His existence as an absolute, indisputable fact.

Think of how the Bible begins; Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

That statement does not prove God exists; it presupposes God exists, and announces that He is the sovereign Creator of all things.

However, it is not enough to have the light of creation, and of God consciousness, and even the light of the written Word of God.

The knowledge of God by which sinners are saved and receive eternal life comes through Christ (John 1:1-3, 14, 16-18; 17:3; Hebrews 1:1-3).

The Lord Jesus Christ is centre of the Bible. It is utterly impossible for sinners to know God apart from God’s revelation of Himself in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, His dear Son.

He is the sum of all God’s purposes - the fulfilment of all the types and pictures of Holy Scripture - and the message of all the prophets.

If we want to know who God is, what God is, what God has done, and what God requires of men; if we want to know the way to God, we must look to and study the words, works, ways, and person of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; 9).

Responsibilities for belief in the existence of God

A - Find out who He is!

B - Find out what He has done!

Come, sinner, behold what Jesus has done, Behold how He suffered for thee! They crucified Him, God’s innocent Son, Forsaken, He died on the tree!

From heaven He came, He loved you - He died; Such love as His never was known; Behold, on the Cross, your King crucified, To make you an heir to His throne!

C - Finf out what He requires of you!

His commands are that you Repent of sin and Rely on His sacrifice (Mark 1:15)

Does God exist? ... Absolutely. Eternally. Powerfully. The key question is: what are you going to do about it?

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