7 Reasons I Believe in God
One of the first reasons I believe in God, is because of the observable evidence all around me. When I see the design of something as complex as my own body, I don't have enough faith to believe I evolved from re-arranged pond scum over millions (or billions) of years. What if one part of our nervous system were not fully evolved? We would not survive a day. The perfect harmony of every bone in our skeletal system, which supports the perfect cooperation of our muscular system, which runs in perfect accord with our nervous system, is observable evidence we were created by God. Not to mention that we would not last a minute without a perfectly running cardiovascular system, which would not last without an infallible digestive system, which would fail without a flawless urinary system, and I have not even mentioned the lymphatic, endocrine, repiratory or reproductive systems.
To me, even a cursory study of anatomy is a slap in the face to any theory that we came about by chance. Doctors have been studying the human body for centuries, and in increasingly minute detail, as technology advances, yet they are still discovering new things about our irreducible complexity every day.
Consider, too, the design of thousands of animal species in the world, as well as thousands of types of trees, shrubs, vines and flowers; the function of the water cycle, ocean currents; the perfect relationship of oxygen to hydrogen in water that makes life on earth possible. What about the other planets and the "fined-tuned" universe we live in? To believe that all of this came into existence as the result of an explosion, billions of years ago, is on par with believing in magic.
The Value of Human Life
I want to tell you a story: The other day, I oiled up my .22 long rifle, went out early in the morning, and shot a ground hog at the railroad tracks which run by my house. What do you think about that?
You might think: Um...good for you? Perhaps you're thinking: Poor ground hog, I think their cute!
Now let me tell you another story: The other day, I oiled up my .22 long rifle, went out early in the morning and shot a baby in a stroller. What do you think about that?
Such an idea is appalling, isn't it? It probably disturbs you. But why? Why does it bother you?
When you think about it, if atheism were true, there is really no difference between me shooting a ground hog and me shooting a baby. They are both just animals. One is a soulless mammal and the other is a soulless primate. Big deal.
Ah, but there is a difference, isn't there? You would not see someone shoot a baby in a stroller, and just shrug it off. There is a vast difference between a human baby and a ground hog.
The value of human life is another reason I believe in a Creator God. I don't believe you and I are just soulless monkeys with no value. This is, however, the inevitable conclusion if atheism were true.
Being created in the image of God makes sense of the value we place on human life.
Morality and the Moral Conscience
We all hold to some sort of moral code. Even atheists hold to a moral code, though they have absolutely no reason to believe in morality. When you think about it, if atheism is true and this material world is all that exists, then there is no reason whatsoever to believe that certain actions we do are "right" or "wrong" or "good" or "bad". Yet, atheists are offended if you suggest they are without morality. A common slogan of atheists reads, 'I can be good without God'.
So, if we all have a moral conscience and believe in morality, let's ask ourselves -- why?
Atheism does not provide a satisfactory answer. In fact, it provides no answer at all! Atheism is morally bankrupt.
When considering this, if we follow the path of reason, we really only have two options.
(1) We must deny the existence of morality and our moral conscience; or
(2) We believe that there is an objective, moral standard for what is right and wrong.
I don't know about you, but I believe in morality and my moral conscience. That leaves me with only the second option.
What is that objective, moral standard then? Could it be God? Have I been created in the image of a moral God who has imbued me with a moral conscience?
When considering all of this, to believe that we were created by a moral God makes perfect sense. In fact, it is the only rational and satisfying answer.
They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. (Romans 2:15)
Another reason I believe in God, is because of the Bible. Critics have microscopically dissected the Bible for years, and it has proven itself without flaw. Some determined skeptics claim to have found errors or contradictions in the Bible, but all of them have proven to be erroneous and some are blatantly fabricated. The Bible's historical accuracy has been proven by archeology time and time again. There are even scientific facts that have been in the Bible for millennia, which have ONLY RECENTLY been confirmed by our modern, scientific methods!
Power of the Gospel Message in People's Lives
To me, one of the strongest evidences for God, is the power of the Gospel Message in people's lives. Acknowledging God and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, changes people over night. Prison inmates have utterly spurned their previous ways of life after accepting Christ. Youtube has tons of videos of personal testimonies of homosexuals who spurned their former lifestyles after being saved by the blood of Christ. Drug addicts, alcoholics, porn addicts - people lost in sinful lifestyles have turned their lives around through the power of Christ. I, personally, have a friend who was a drug addict and made a complete 180° after asking God to save him. People are saved every day, and turn their lives around through the power of Jesus Christ.
In more subtle ways, people have changed their lives by following more closely the principles laid down in the Bible. They go through a personal revival (many times because of reading something in the Bible), and they become better people.
Perhaps you have experienced God working some way in your life? All of these things confirm the existence of God.
Love in Our Hearts
Another reason I believe in God, is because of the love found in the human heart. We may not choose to show that love; we may try to suppress it; some have chosen to become extremely callous to it, but it is there, nonetheless.
No, no, I am not making a faulty appeal to emotion or building an argument on romantic rhetoric. I'm simply considering this: if we humans are only apes that have evolved from pond scum over billions of years, through a brut fighting instinct for survival, where does love come from? Love has no place in evolutionary atheism.
Now, I am not saying that the existence of love in our hearts is a clinching argument for the existence of God, but if it is true that a moral God exists, and we are made in his image, then love makes perfect sense.
Personal Experience as Proof for God?
Personal experience is a way I know God exists. My life is filled with personal experiences of God.
Personal experience, however, is hotly contested by atheists. Many say, "Your personal experience proves nothing."
This is true in only one way. Your personal experience may not prove anything to the person you are talking to, but it is proof for you, and it is certainly not useless.
Even atheists recognize the usefulness of personal experiences. The internet has many stories of atheist's personal experiences; stories like,"My Journey from Believer to Skeptic".
It's always been funny to me that atheists will use their personal experiences to show why they don't believe in God, but they will shout and stomp if someone else uses their personal experience to point to why they do believe in God.
Never Let Anyone Tell You That You Cannot Be Sure of God
Never let an atheist say that you cannot really know God exists.
If I was to approach you, my reader, and say, "You can't really know your spouse exists.", you would look at me like I was an idiot and say, "Of course I know my spouse exists! I know my spouse. I love her/him. I have a personal relationship with her/him!"
It's the same thing with God. I know God. I love God. He is not some blind hope I have. I don't have my fingers crossed that He is out there somewhere. I have a personal relationship with Him.
Belief in God Makes Sense of Reality
Belief in God makes sense of reality. In other words, it makes sense of everything I see around me.
Why is there such a mind-boggling complexity of design in the world, if it had no designer? Why is there morality, if there is no moral law giver? Why do we value life, if we are all just chemical accidents? Why do we wear clothes, if we are soulless primates? If the universe came into existence from an explosion, why is it fine-tuned? Atheism does not provide any answers, it just evokes more questions. Atheism is intellectually bankrupt. The atheist worldview cuts against reality. Atheism requires so much blind faith and leaves so many questions unanswered, that I have no choice but to reject it. Then, when I consider the universe from a Christian worldview, nearly everything makes sense.
God has not only given us enough evidence of Himself and revealed to us His power and nature, but He has shown us how to become right with Him. Like everyone else, I have a very long rap sheet of things I've done wrong. I've lied, I've cheated, I've lusted, I've stolen from my fellow man, I've been cruel to my friends, I've hurt my family, I've hurt people I don't even know, and the list goes on and on. All of these sins leave me guilty before God.
But God has shown me how to become right with Him, and that's through His Son, Jesus Christ, who has taken the penalty of my sins. I stood before the Moral Law Giver, my rap sheet spread before Him, and Christ Jesus seized my rap sheet, and said, "God, I take full responsibility for this man's sin. I offered to suffer in his place, and he accepted it. Please clear his name and give him eternal life." Since then, not only has God nullified the punishment I deserve, but He has also given me new desires and a new heart to be a better person. He also offers me a personal relationship with Him, which I work to take advantage of every day (Luke 12:21).
He offers this to you as well.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
For an extremely interesting read on people who deny God read read Romans 1:18-32.
- Romans 1:18-32 NLT - God’s Anger at Sin - But God shows - Bible Gateway
God’s Anger at Sin - But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know