“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews ch.11 v.6)
Looking for Proof
“If God really exists, why does He not prove it once and for all?” How many times have you heard people ask that question?
When we read the Bible, we find that God’s existence is assumed from the start: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis ch.1 v.1).
The Bible does not set out to prove God’s existence; it simply declares it: “[He] who comes to God must believe that He exists” (Hebrews ch.11 v.6).
In one sense, we can say that if it could be proved, once and for all, that God does exist, then He is not God. We cannot detect God by means of scientific instruments. He does not show up on radar and we cannot contact Him by conventional means.
However, there are certain evidences we can look at which point us in the direction of God. I am sure there are many, but we will look at three in particular. Firstly, we will look at the evidence of creation; then we will examine the reasons for what is right and what is wrong; finally, we will be faced with the personal experience of those who claim to have met God personally.
The Evidence of Nature
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalm 19 v.1).
Have you ever looked at the sky on a clear night? How many stars can you see? Every one is a sun like our sun; some may have planets orbiting them as our planet orbits its sun.
The Earth is 93,000,000 miles from the sun. If it was just a few miles closer, we would all roast alive; if it was a few miles further away on the other hand, we would all freeze to death. The fact is, this Earth was placed in the exact position for the life upon it to survive. Why is this? Was it just a lucky accident? Is it not far easier to believe that the world was placed in such a position for a purpose?
Then. let’s look at the plants, the animals and at ourselves. Did this vast array of beauty all come about just by chance?
Albert Einstein had, in his office, a working model of the solar system, with the sun in the centre, and the known planets in orbit around it. A small electric motor caused the planets to revolve around their sun. A visitor to the great man’s home asked who had constructed the model. “Oh, nobody,” Mr. Einstein replied, “It just all came together by chance.” “But that’s ridiculous!” the visitor exclaimed. “Indeed”, was the reply, “And how much more ridiculous to believe that the actual universe came about by chance!”
All around us, there are evidences of great design. Look at a leaf under a microscope, or examine the wing of a bird. Look at the pictures of our own DNA. Do these things not cry out to us that behind it all is a Great Designer and a Great Creator.
Romans ch.1 v.20 says: “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Psalm 14 v.1 and Psalm 53 v.1 call out the same message;” The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
The Evidence of Conscience
How do we know what is right and what is wrong? How do I know it is wrong to kill, to steal or to harm another person?
I have a conscience, which tells me these things are wrong. It also instructs me in the right way to go. But how? Where did it come from?
The Bible tells us about Adam and Eve and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Most of the laws upon which much of the world lives, are to be found in the Bible.
Why is it wrong to kill? If we are all here just by chance anyway, what does it matter if you live or die?
The fact is, you know that it does matter. You know, in your heart of hearts, that life is sacred. You know when you are doing wrong, even if you refuse to admit it to yourself.
God gave you your conscience, and it is another evidence of His existence.
The Evidence of Personal Encounters
For two thousand years, people have been discovering a New Life. Ever since the church was born, people have been finding that only in Jesus Christ are life’s answers explained. “The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts ch.2 v.47). It is still happening today.
You may say, “If God showed Himself to me, then I would believe.” But God does not work like that. You have to place your faith in Him first. Take another look at our verse in Hebrews ch.11 v.6: “[God] rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Assurance always follows faith. That is the way God works. Those who are willing to obey Him will find their faith is based in reality.
God is too big to be proven. As we have said, a god who could be proven would not be worth proving. When we are prepared to trust Him, we will receive the assurance that our faith is well founded.