As a Christian, I have faith that everything in God’s Word is true. It’s reliable. It’s the source of the only knowledge that leads to eternal life.
However, there are times when I doubt. During those times, it’s encouraging to know that my faith lies on a solid foundation, one that is supported by mountains of evidence. In the Bible, Paul also commands the church to always be ready to defend the faith.
Does God really exist? Here are some evidences that support my faith.
1) The causation dilemma
If God didn’t create the world, who did? The matter in the universe couldn’t have come into existence without a cause. Even if the elements in our universe were always there, there remains no explanation for what caused them to collide (if the big bang is true). Furthermore, how did life begin? Even the best scientific experimentation on the topic proves nothing. Oh, and how could reproduction between a male and a female have gradually evolved over time? These problems with origins are best explained with the simple fact that God created the world and everything in it. He set the universe into motion, with a perfectly-balanced solar system and a multitude of “kinds” that could readily adapt to their environments.
2) Stories of the flood
There are thousands of accounts of the flood from cultures all over the world, on every continent. This may seem surprising at first, but to Christians it makes perfect sense. A worldwide flood actually did happen. Not only is it evident in geology and the fossil record (the presence of fossils alone suggests rapid burial), but the story of the flood was handed down verbally from generation to generation in every almost every people group. While verbal stories inevitably change over time, the Bible has the most consistent written account of the catastrophe.
3) Testimonies of others and of myself
One of the most powerful evidences for the Christian faith is testimonies. There are countless stories of God radically changing peoples lives once they accept Jesus as their Savior, freeing them from sin and giving them a joy and peace the world can’t understand. I grew up in a Christian home, so there was no radical transformation. Even so, God still shapes me and reveals Himself to me in different ways. I think one of the devil’s most dangerous tricks is to blind us to our own testimonies.
4) The reliability of the Bible
Sometimes the Bible is dismissed by skeptics as being nothing but a collection of fairy-tales, meant to deceive us. However, the scriptures are actually very credible. For example, when it comes to historical documents, the earlier they are the more reliable they are. There have been discovered over 5,000 manuscripts from the new testament, with the earliest copies dating within 100 years of the originals (that is unheard of). Also, many of the events recorded in the Old Testament have been confirmed by archeological evidence and other historical documents. If the Bible isn’t considered reliable, literally no other record from that time period can be trustworthy either.
5) We are built for worship
Sometimes when I’m worshiping God in song, I just feel like I was made to do it. There’s something about our nature that longs to worship something. This is obvious in ancient cultures as well as our culture today. Virtually every culture in the world before the 20th century and the introduction of Darwinism was fundamentally religious. Why? One of the biggest reasons is that humanity was created to worship God. In the past, people worshiped idols of wood and stone. In the modern era, many have exchanged the true God for gods made of pop culture icons or sports teams. We cheapen our praise by worshiping the created instead of the creator.
The fact that we find pleasure in praise suggests we were created to worship God.
6) The complexity of life and balance of the universe
Where do I even start on this one? Biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics all have the fingerprints of God on them. My two favorites are biology and physics. When you look at the human body, or how DNA is created, it’s hard to believe the complexity of life gradually evolved from non-living matter. The laws of physics that govern our world also point to a creator. The laws of nature demand a law-giver. In fact, all of creation screams the word “creator.” If you can’t hear it it’s probably because you don’t want to.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
7) Nothing in this world fully satisfies
Look at the things people chase after. Believe it or not, they are evidence of God. People chase after sex, but sex never fully satisfies. People chase after money, but the rich are never fulfilled by their riches. People chase after relationships, but no relationship perfectly completes anyone. People chase after fame, but fame never satisfied either. They look great on the outside, but when these pleasures are finally attained, they disappoint.
This makes sense from a biblical perspective, because God’s gifts were never meant to satisfy us. A relationship with God Himself is the only thing that satisfies. Furthermore, everything this world has to offer is tainted by sin – even our relationship with God. But there’s more to life than this world! Heaven will be sinless. We will finally be who God made us to be.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
8) The invisible moral standard
One thing that science and physical matter cannot explain is the conscience. In every human is the concept of right and wrong. The existence of this universal sense begs the question, “where is the moral standard found?” If you believe that certain things are morally wrong, there has to be a reason for it other than our subjective opinions. As Christians, we understand that the moral standard is God himself. Anything that goes against God’s character or His will is wrong – it’s a sin. In the modern age, some have attempted to deny moral absolutes altogether, perhaps recognizing that atheism has no foundation for morals at all. Unfortunately for them, there is no alternative. God is the only explanation for the universal moral compass.
9) Evidence for the resurrection
Simply put, the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is staggering. It cannot be ignored. For many critics and former atheists, the evidence for the resurrection was the turning point in their quest for truth. The accuracy of the gospels. The eye-witness accounts. The fact that followers of Jesus were so convinced, they died for the cause. The list goes on. Lee Strobel has done a ton of research into the topic. The movie The Case for Christ gives a glimpse into Lee Strobel’s journey.
If none of these points satisfies you, remember this: God didn’t leave us alone in our search for truth. He didn’t leave us to our own reasoning and theorizing. It is virtually impossible for us to know God by our own efforts – we are simply too blinded by our own sin. God loved us so much that He became one of us. Jesus walked on this earth. He spoke our language! Most importantly, He broke the curse of sin. He did it all because He wanted us to know Him.
God is real, and because of Jesus we can know Him!
“Where is your faith?”
Jesus (Luke 8:25)