God reveals his existence to everyone through nature. His intelligence, power, and creativity can be observed in every corner of the universe.
The descriptions of the cosmos that are found in the Bible also attest to his existence. His presence can be argued philosophically and theologically.
The universe is made of matter. It is governed by a uniform set of immutable principles that keep it orderly. Nature is functionally elegant, at every level and in every detail.
These things could not have materialized autonomously from nothing. The existence of the universe and the complexity of nature evidence the work of an intelligent creator, i.e., God.
Living beings could not have spontaneously emerged from the lifeless matter that comprises the universe.
Inert ingredients cannot impulsively combine themselves intelligently to produce life. Only living things can create new life.
God is a living being, not an abstract concept or an impersonal force. He has been alive forever. He is the logical source of life.
The presence of life, in all its forms, evidences God’s existence.
DNA is a precise message that dictates how cells behave. This message is written in a special language, using a unique alphabet.
Alphabets and languages do not emerge impromptu from nothing. Nature does not randomly generate coherent instructional messages.
These things emanate from a mind that wants to convey specific information to intended recipients.
The instructions in DNA had to come from a mind. The logical author is God.
The Bible describes aspects of the cosmos in simple terms.
- The earth is a sphere. Isaiah 40:22. He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth
The earth floats in space. Job 26:7. He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.
The universe is expanding. Isaiah 42:5. This is what God the Lord says—the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out
Individual stars are unique. 1 Corinthians 15:41. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
These descriptions seem obvious to us today thanks to modern space exploration, but they were written thousands of years ago by authors who were ignorant of such things.
Only God could have inspired multiple Bible writers to accurately describe these natural features because in their era of world history only he knew the details of his creation.
The veracity of these cosmic descriptions evidences the existence of God.
Humans have an innate ability to identify right and wrong. We exhibit a rudimentary moral sense soon after birth.
Morality cannot arise out of that which is amoral. The lifeless elements that comprise the universe are amoral, as are the natural laws that govern it. Amoral things do not distinguish right and wrong.
Our intrinsic ability to identify right and wrong had to emanate from a moral being. Our innate morality evidences the existence of God.
Everyone senses the presence of God.
We have to work hard to ignore him. He is never far from our minds. Even those who contend that God is imaginary use his name to curse. Nobody implores Santa Claus to damn anybody.
We have an intrinsic awareness of God’s presence because he designed us to enjoy eternal communion with him. This innate affection is similar to the soulful longing that some adopted children have for their unknown biological parents.
That we even consider the possibility of God’s existence means he must exist.
Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh.
If Jesus said this knowing it was untrue, then he was simply a con artist. If he thought his claim was accurate when it was false, then he was delusional. If he made this claim because he knew it was true, then he was indeed God incarnate.
If Jesus were a liar or a lunatic, his foes would have quickly discredited him. The religious and government leaders who sought his execution would have gladly vilified him to stop the growth of the early church. His reputation would not have survived through the centuries.
However, the enemies of Jesus could not debunk the evidence that backed up his claim of deity—his miracles, his resurrection, and his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies—because too many people had witnessed these things firsthand.
God never forces anyone to believe that he exists. He gives us the freedom to evaluate the evidence and reach our own conclusion.
Those who want to deny God’s existence can explain away the supporting evidence, much like those who refuse to believe astronauts once walked on the moon.
However, God has deemed the evidence of his existence to be sufficient for those who genuinely want to know him.
He would have supplied more evidence if he thought we needed it.