The Bible never argues for the existence of God. It simply assumes it to be true. For millennia, humankind agreed. The reality of a divine being seemed commonsensical. Few doubted that God, a god, or a number of gods existed. There were, however, differing opinions on the nature of such being(s). Today we encounter a different mindset. Professing atheists seem to be on the increase. In order to be effective witnesses, believers need to be able to explain why they believe God exists. Consider three proofs for God’s existence.
The Psalmist sang, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). All of creation is a living declaration that God is real. Everything comes from something; so, the earth and the galaxies must have a maker. Theologians call this line of reasoning the cosmological argument. Using a word from which we get our “cosmetics,” they contend that the intricate design of our universe is proof that a designer must have made it. In all realms of life, we accept such logic. Sane thinking dictates that your house was built by a builder, your car was manufactured by a manufacturer, and your wardrobe was designed by clothing designers. Why do some people deny the existence of God? The sophistication of our universe is evidence that God is real. Hebrews says, “Now every house is built by someone, but the one who built everything is God” (Hebrews 3:4).
is another proof of God. By and large, most every human society has a basic understanding of right and wrong. Nearly everyone affirms that lying, killing, committing adultery, and stealing is off-limits. Even though they may do such things from time to time, they adhere to a basic belief that they are forbidden. When writing to the Romans, Paul said, “When Gentiles, who do not by nature have the law, do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts” (Romans 2:14-15). The universal tendency to regard certain behaviors as immoral is evidence that God exists. He has preprogrammed His basic truths within our conscience. When atheists bemoan atrocities of war, mass shootings, adulterous politicians, and swindling businessmen, they demonstrate a subconscious belief in God. Every law that has been made has a lawmaker. All of humanity seems to operate according to certain moral laws; thus, there must be a God.
is a final proof of the reality of God. The New Testament says, “Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets ... in these last days, he has spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2). While on earth, Jesus performed miracles which proved that He was more than a prophet, teacher, religious leader, or moral example. They demonstrated and validated the fact that He was God (John 2:12). Through His miracle-working, death-defeating, sinless Son, the Heavenly Father showed Himself to His Creation. Jesus was Immanuel — God with us! Through the incarnation, He provided salvation from sin, but He also showed us the essence of God (John 14:9).
Dr. Patrick Latham