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Does God Exist?
The existence of God cannot be proven. However, that doesn’t men there isn’t evidence. Proof and evidence are two different things. Courtroom verdicts are rarely if ever decided by proof. They are decided by evidence.
There are many areas of evidence for the existence of God, but four that are primary:
1. Creation is all that exists. Where did it come from? Some of course, say by chance. However, that is as much a faith statement as saying there is a creator. And more and more scientific discoveries are pointing toward the existence of an intelligence behind the universe. The tilt of the earth, the distance of the earth from the sun, the gravitational force holding galaxies together – all point to the existence of an intelligent creator, one we call God.
2. This leads to the second piece of evidence: Order. The universe at large, and the things we see around us every day declare an order to things. The rising and setting of the sun, the rotation of the planets around the sun, the regular changing of the seasons, the intricacies of the human body, down to its smallest cels and systems, the fertility cycles of all life – order. How could order have come from chaos without an agent to bring that order about?
3. Evolution and natural selection teach survival of the fittest, that only the strongest – and most aggressive – survive. And yet, humans – the fittest – have a strong sense of morality. From the beginning of recorded time, in cultures around the world, there is an inherent moral code among the human race. It isn’t always uniform, but it always exists. Why? If the most aggressive survive, why is the strongest species the least violent? The evidence points to a creator who has instilled in humans a sense of morality, a sense of right and wrong.
4. The existence of a creator is simply logical. Something can’t come from nothing. Everything has an origin. If we choose to believe in creation by random chance, we are still forced to ask where the first thing came from. Something had to come first. Or someone. There is an absolute law of science and logic known as ex nihilo nihil fit (out of nothing, nothing comes). Nothing cannot produce anything. So if anything at all exists – and it does – then something, or someone, did not have a beginning. The existence of God is more logical than another explanation.
None of these reasons proves anything. But they are compelling evidential arguments for the existence of God.
Scripture to consider: