Why I Believe God Exists.
Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “you just have to have faith.” Well, here is my attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons I believe God exists.
But first, Paul makes a statement to the Romans that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God. Before you look at the facts surrounding God’s existence, consider if you even want him to exist. And if you come to the same conclusion that I do that he does, do you actually want a relationship with him?
Let’s begin. . .
How did something come from nothing? That is: how did time, matter and space come into existence from absolute nothingness? If the universe had a beginning (which most prominent scientist will agree it does), then what was it that caused everything else to come into existence?
It’s here that most would say that within the vastness of the universe, and it’s various moving parts, anything that can happen will in fact happen. If life on a planet can be sustained, it eventually will be sustained. However. this is an aversion from the original question.
It’s like the chair that you are sitting in right now as you read this. With enough time, and the vastness of the universe, that chair will eventually evolve into something different, yes? Of course not! The elements of the chair are fixed. So in a “fixed” nothingness, how is there suddenly something?
Let’s move on to the next reasons. . .
Let’s stay with the chair metaphor a moment longer. Given enough time, and with the incredible vastness and unpredictability of the universe, how long would we have to wait for that chair to come alive? Yes, in a Beauty and the Beast fashion, when can we expect the chair to begin singing and dancing as it prepares us a meal?
I don’t mean to sound crass, but this is the same absurdity of the significance of life. How did mere matter come alive? The odd of this are like flipping a coin and having it come up heads 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 19 0s). But there is a chance! Is there? You really think so?
These are two large leaps that overcame some staggering odds, but let’s continue. . .
We still do not have a solid explanation for the incredible diversity in life that is found on our planet. From bacteria, to plants, to animals and finally to humans! There are remarkable differences between me and my dog, but how did this evolution come about?
Note: I am not discrediting the validity of evolution, but the extremity of where we often take it.
But even putting Darwins theory of evolution on the stage, it still fails to answer the main question: how did evolution begin? What benefit does diversity have for the universe and why does there seem the be a significant difference between human beings and all of living things?
That question takes us to our final stop. . .
All living things have a brain. Even the tiniest bacteria has a brain. However, the brain of a human being seems to operate on a very different computing system than all other living things.
Let’s set up some basic differences between human beings and other living things: other living things do not appreciate beauty; they are not goal or purpose driven; they do not consider the meaning of life; they do not debate morality; they don’t even recognize their existence within the larger extra-terrestrial scene.
I’m pretty sure my dog doesn’t even recognize himself in a mirror.
The point I am making is that human beings are the only intelligent, purpose driven, morality conscious, self-identifying beings that exist. How did life take a leap from the brain of a bacteria to the brain of Shakespeare, Michelangelo, or a Beethoven?
These are the questions we still have to answer.
At what point is it fair to admit that science itself suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an Intelligence created these perfect condition (and leaps) in fact require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just so happened to beat the inconceivable odds?
Our universe should not exist at all, but it does! And it’s not just the universe that exists, but a life-sustaining planet that holds a diversity of life, and even a life of higher intelligence!
Which leap is harder to make? I leap fighting the odds of existence, or the leap to a Creator who brings chaos to order? If you can take this first step, the rest will be a downhill ride.
The Choice is Yours
God does not force us to believe in him, though he could. Instead, he has provided sufficient proof of his existence and asks us to merely respond. But it’s your decision; it will always be your decision. That is one of the ultimate factors of my personal faith: God has always given us a choice. Jesus says it this way: Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
So, looking at the facts, and considering the pursuit God has put in for you, how do you respond?