Think about this question for a minute: how can you prove that God is real? Try and answer that question in your head before continuing… We continue our series called Defend the Kingdom - focused on getting prepared to answer the tough questions that we may encounter in our walk with the Lord. There are numerous Bible verses that proclaim who God is (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 1:3, Isaiah 40:28, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 4:8 and many more claim God is the creator and sustainer of all living things). But if a non-Christian asks you to prove God is real, since they don’t believe in God they certainly will not trust in God’s Word. So let’s take a scientific journey on how to prove that God is not only the most logical explanation for this universe and all life, but also prove that He is very real. Disclaimer: this blog post is a bit of a brain melter with a LOT of info — make sure to read it thoroughly because it’s good stuff, I promise!
We can go at this from a variety of different angles, but we chose to go about proving God through by using 5 C’s of God’s existence. The first “C” proving God’s existence is Cosmos, a fancy word for the universe and all that’s in it. Philosophers and scientists throughout generations have agreed that the universe came into existence in one of three different ways:
- It has always existed, so there’s no need for a God.
- It created itself.
- It was created by an outside source (God).
Let’s look at these three and see which makes the most sense. The first option (the universe has always existed) has been speculated by many scientists over the years, and they have crushed this theory. After discovering things like background radiation echo, second law of thermodynamics, motion of the galaxies, etc., this first theory becomes defeated. Stephen Hawking, one of the most well respected astronomers of our time, sums it up nicely when he said, “almost everyone believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning.” The second option (it created itself) seems irrational to even say. This means that the universe would have to exist, in order to create itself. If you open your hands and hold a big pile of nothing, you know that nothingness cannot smell, think, act, talk, and certainly cannot create anything. The third option, that an outside source created the universe becomes the most reasonable explanation for the creation of the universe. But if we say that God created the universe, another question arises: who created God? If we go to His turf saying He is the Creator, we read passages like Psalm 90:2, Psalm 93:2, and Deuteronomy 33:27 that claims God had no beginning and will have no end. He is eternal.
If you have a tough time believing God could have always existed, follow this proof with me, keeping in mind that the first two theories on the existence of the Cosmos has been eliminated:
- If there was ever a time that absolutely nothing existed, nothing would exist now.
- Something exists now.
- Therefore, there was never a time that absolutely nothing existed.
The second “C” proving God’s existence is in the Conditions of Life. In the scientific community, there is a term called the Anthropic Principle, which explains that the universe’s conditions have to be just right in order for life to be possible. If the conditions of certain aspects of the universe are even slightly off, life could not exist. Here’s a few examples:
- Force of Gravity - if it were much stronger, we’d all be crushed, but if it were weaker, we’d just be floating all over the place.
- Speed of Light - scientists agree that no planet would be able to support human life if it were even slightly different.
- Force that binds subatomic particles - if it were stronger or weaker by less than 1%, the entire universe would either be all Hydrogen or would have no Hydrogen at all…
There are 37 more examples of conditions that have to be just right for us to be able to live. Donald Page, of Princeton University, calculated the odds of our universe randomly coming together with just the right conditions: the chances are 1 in ten billion to the 124th power. Theologian Ravi Zacharias said, “This is a number so large, it is safe to say that the universe did not come together randomly. It was created by an incredibly intelligent and powerful designer.”
The third “C” proving God’s existence is the Complexity of Life. Design is easy to recognize. You don’t have to think twice to know if something was created or not. If you look at an automobile, house, or computer - you know that it was designed and created by someone, and did not come about from billions of years of winds and waves crashing to create your Prius or I-Mac. Think about the complexity of human life: we are made of 206 bones, 640 muscles, we have a heart that beats 10,000 times a day, we have complicated systems that keep our bodies functioning (like nervous, cardiovascular, skeletal, etc.), and the eyeball alone has TWO MILLION working parts… Do you believe our bodies could be a product of mindless, random series of accidents? Up until 2004, Antony Flew was the most influential atheist author and philosopher. He went on to do in-depth research on the complexities of DNA. After his research, he is quoted from his book saying this:
“I now believe there is a God… I now think that the evidence does point to a creative Intelligence almost entirely because of the DNA investigations. What I think the DNA material has done is that it has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements to work together.”
What’s the title of his book, you ask? There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.
The fourth “C” proving God’s existence is the Canon of Scripture. In Christian apologetics, we can’t just say, “God is real because the Bible says so…” Again, if someone doesn’t believe in God, surely they will not trust in His Word… But we look at the Bible and see there are significant pieces that shows the Bible as trustworthy. Take a look at a few:
- Hundreds of prophecies that were told in the Old Testament were fulfilled. Fact.
- Think of the incredible harmony of the Bible. It was written by more than 40 different people, over the span of 1,500 years, on three different continents, in three different languages… and yet, it all works together in perfect harmony.
- Thousands of archaeological discoveries point to actual Biblical events.
The fifth and final “C” in proving God’s existence is Christ. A lot of people who doubt God may say, “if God is real, why doesn’t He just come down here and prove Himself?” Jesus was a man who not only claimed to be God, but proved He was God. He lived a sinless life, opened the eyes of the blind, raised people from the dead, walked on water, turned water into wine, rose from the dead Himself, and 40 days after His own resurrection - He visibly ascended into Heaven. These are just a few of the miracles that were recorded by His closest followers. Which lead other people to claim, “the story of Jesus could have been made up… how can we trust what the disciples wrote two thousand years ago?”
Think about the last time you lied. It was most likely either for your own personal gain or to get you out of trouble. The stories about Jesus that the early Christians wrote about and proclaimed didn’t get them any personal earthly gain or get them out of trouble. Actually, quite the contrary - the story of Jesus got the disciples rejection, persecution, torture, suffering, imprisonment, painful deaths, and exile. That, to me, is pretty compelling evidence that the disciples were in fact telling the truth.
In anything you believe, faith is required. Whether it is that there is no god or that God is the creator of everything - faith is required. I believe we can conclude that you as you look outside the Bible and use a little science, you can prove that God is the most logical explanation for the universe and all creation!
*Much of the amazing content credit is due to:
Campbell, Charlie H. "Evidence for the Existence of God." www.alwaysbeready.com. Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.