In our modern world, it seems that professing atheists are growing in number.  I’ve often met people who don’t believe there is a God.  One recently told me, “I don’t feel like God is real.”  Though this sentiment is often popular, we should see it for what it is.  The Psalmist said, “The fool says in his heart, ‘God does not exist’” (Psalm 14:1).  When we consider the numerous proofs for God’s existence, it seems foolish to not believe in God.  Let’s look at four proofs.

The Concept of God 

If God isn’t real, why is He so popular?  Why does nearly every society have some concept of God?  Why are there so many “gods”? The Lord Himself said, “No god was formed before me, and there will be none after me.  I — I am the Lord” (Isaiah 43:10-11).  Some think that the plethora of world religions is reason to doubt the existence of God.  “If He is real…”, the reasoning goes, “…why are there so many different religions.”  Ironically, the argument is self-defeating.  The widespread fascination with God is actually evidence that He exists.  It is as if all of humanity has been hardwired with a God consciousness.  All innately know that there is a Supreme Being who is over all things.  This shows that He must be real.

The Church

is also a demonstration of God.  Jesus spoke of His disciples, saying, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden...let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).  The church is like a light which is designed to radiate the realness of God in a dark world.  Its testimony of love, changed lives, and fellowship should make others see that He is alive.

Common Grace

is a concept which emphasizes God’s goodness towards all.  Apart from salvation, each  is a beneficiary of God’s gifts.  The vilest sinner still gets to enjoy creation, family, health, and other benefits.  This is evidence of God’s love, and it is proof that He is real.  In the book of Acts, we read: “He did not leave Himself without a witness, since He did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and satisfying your hearts with food and happiness” (Acts 14:17).  God’s process of giving us sustenance through His system of ecology gives confirmation that there is a Supreme Being who has intricately designed our universe.  It also shows that such a Supreme Being has love towards all people.

The Completion of Prophecy

is another proof of God.  On multiple occasions, the Bible’s authors foretold of things before they occurred.  Did you know that there were over 300 Hebrew prophecies fulfilled through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?  On top of this, the Bible told of a number of significant historic happenings in advance.  It prophesied of the way in which the Babylonian empire would be overthrown (Isaiah 14:3-23), of the ascension of Alexander the Great to greatness (Daniel 7:6), of the establishment of the Roman empire (Daniel 2:40), and of the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus (Matthew 24:2).  We know God is real because of the miracle of prophecy.

Dr. Patrick Latham

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