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Does God Exist?
Bible study on the existence of God.

In the two previous articles of this series, we have taken for granted that God exists; and, because of His laws, He established godly morality and a godly ethic. This article is intended to equip the reader with increased confidence in believing that God exists.

The existence of God can neither be scientifically proven or disproven because no one can present God Himself as proof of existence, nor can one present all of the universe including things seen and unseen to show that God is numbered in the assembly. Likewise, science can not prove that the earth came into existence from nothing and evolved into the complex planet upon which we exist since theories of evolution cannot be validated through scientific experimentation. Therefore, science can not absolutely prove or disprove the belief in a super- natural Being who created the universe. Science itself declares that matter can neither be created or destroyed. Then, where did matter come from in the beginning? God brought things seen (matter) into existence by His word. So, it is "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Heb. 11:3)

Therefore, it is not upon scientific experimentation that Christians present evidence to validate belief in the existence of God. Faith in God and the Bible are all that we need as evidence that God exists and that He is Creator and Sustainer of heaven and earth. Hebrews 11:1 says: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Neither God, heaven, or the creation of the universe has been witnessed by any human, but Christians know that these are true and exist because of faith in God and His word. Our substance to sustain this position and our evidence to prove their existence comes from faith in God and His word. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17)

Paul gives the most visible proof that God exists in his epistle to the Romans. Paul says that all men can see the existence of God in nature. Common sense tells us that order does not come from chaos. To say that the universe was not created by a supreme super-natural Being is like saying I found a new car in my garage that appeared out of thin air - by random happenstance. Paul says in Romans 1:20-21: "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, ..."

So, as Paul so carefully explains to the Romans, no one has an excuse in disbelieving God, His word, or His existence. Not even the Gentiles who lived during the time of the Jewish Law, who lived without law, were excusable. (Rom. 2:11-16) Because, all men clearly see the existence of God in nature and creation.

A few examples, out of thousands, that demonstrate the existence of God as proclaimed in nature are noted below. The following quotes are from Introduction to Christian Evidences by Farrell Jenkins (pages 29-30):

  • By the same reasoning, so many exacting conditions are necessary for life on the earth that they could not possible exist in proper relationship by chance. The earth rotates on its axis one thousand miles an hour; if it turned at one hundred miles an hour, our days and nights would be ten times as long as now, and the hot sun would burn up our vegetation each long day while in the long night any surviving sprout would freeze.

  • Again, the sun, the source of our life, has a surface temperature of 12,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and our earth is just far enough away so that this 'eternal fire' warms us just enough and not too much! If the sun gave off only half of its present radiation, we would freeze and if it gave half as much more, we would roast.

  • The slant of the earth, tilted at an angle of 23 degrees, gives us our seasons; if it had not been so tilted, vapors from the ocean would move north and south, piling up for us continents of ice. If our moon was, say, only 50 thousand miles away instead of its actual distance, our tides would be so enormous that twice a day all continents would be submerged; even the mountains would soon be eroded away. If the crust of the earth had been only ten feet thicker, there would be no oxygen, without which animal life must die. Had the ocean been a few feet deeper, carbon dioxide and oxygen would have been absorbed and no vegetable life could exist. Or if our atmosphere had been much thinner, some of the meteors, now burned in space by the millions every day, would be striking all parts of the earth, setting fires everywhere.

  • Because of these and a host of other examples, there is not one chance in millions that life on our planet is an accident." (A. Cressy Morrison, "Seven Reasons Why A Scientist Believes in God ...)

God is the creator of all that is, whether seen or unseen (Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Heb. 3:4; 11:3; John 1:3-10; Acts 17:24; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11). And, He is the sustainer of all that He created (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; II Pet. 3:5-7).

Your faith in the Bible and the existence of God is as valid as another persons faith in the sciences of men and theories of evolution. Never allow anyone to convince you that they have disproved the existence of God - simply ask them to validate their theory of evolution to create a universe from nothing through scientific experimentation. You see, this is an impossible task since evolution, something evolving from nothing, is impossible.

The point is that neither evolution, creation, or the existence of God can be scientifically proven; therefore, whether one believes in evolution or creation by God, it stands as a belief. Christians must believe, from the Bible, in the existence of a supreme super-natural Being that created matter from nothing to form the universe. This Being, who is Creator and Sustainer of heaven, earth, and all that exists, is called God by those who believe His word.