Proof of God – Is There Any?
Among those people who don’t believe in God, many of them base their disbelief on there being no proof of God. They might make statements exclaiming that a lack of evidence proves there is no God.
But let’s take a look at the argument from the Christian point of view.
First and foremost, salvation is through faith. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. And 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. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:1), (Hebrews 11:3), (Hebrews 11:6-7)
If we had a God who felt it necessary to prove his own existence to the people living on this Earth, he could merely destroy the planet with a snap of his finger and then every person who had been living would suddenly find themselves standing before His throne awaiting His judgment. That, I suppose, would be proof enough for anyone.
But that’s not how God operates. God wants us to believe in Him, not because we have to, but because we want to.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)
Ask yourself this question: Would you want your own children to acknowledge you because they are forced to or because they want to and because they love you?
Consider also the arrogance of a person who says he won’t believe in God until he sees proof of God’s existence. This person is essentially saying that God must submit Himself to them for examination before being accepted. So the skeptic makes himself out to be greater than God by placing God beneath him, requiring that God submit Himself to the skeptic for their judgment.
Proof of God – The skeptic says, “I’ll be the judge of whether or not God is real.”
But God hates arrogance and pride and will simply ignore the skeptic and not respond to him. This furthers the skeptic’s conviction that there is no God because he never experiences God.
Those who believe that Jesus is God, however, have all the proof they need because they have the opportunity to experience God through the inner filling of the Holy Spirit. Once a person has experienced the Holy Spirit, all doubts about God’s existence vanish. But this is what befuddles non-believers. We must first believe before we receive.
To the non-believer, a holy spirit seems like nonsense. Even the Bible states that a person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved..” (Acts 16:31)
And if you do have faith that God exists, you can, in fact, view the complexity of nature as proof of God. For 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. (Romans 1:20)
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