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Witnessing God May 29, 2011 at 3:37pm
I'm not sure if you're referring to me or another person here, but I'd like to answer you anyway. You ask that someone prove to you that God exists, which confuses me because you also say that you are God-loving. So I'm not sure what you're trying to say, but anyway, on to the answer . . .
First, do you want absolutely certain proof, like that from a mathematical proof? I can't prove God that way, but nor could you or I absolutely prove many other things, such as the existence of Abraham Lincoln, the atom, or what location you where in yesterday. In those three examples, I have no hearing, seeing, smelling, or tasting sensations that I can use as proof, but I have many other methods. The same is with God.
1. Science points to Him, specifically in how the universe originated. If the universe began in the Big Bang (and scientists of all stripes and beliefs hold to that position), then that means the universe had a beginning. Now, everything that has a beginning must have a cause, for without a cause, nothing can begin to exist. A house is begun by homebuilders, an oak is begun by the acorn from another oak, a car crash is begun by an unobservant move, etc. In all our experience, cause leads to effect. Since the universe began to exist at one point, that means that something caused it to exist. That something must be God, because to create all the matter and energy of the universe would require nothing less than an all-powerful Creator. This argument alone requires that God exists, or the everyday, everywhere laws of cause and effect would not make sense.
2. Science again points to God in the fantastic information contained in DNA. Even world-renown former atheist Antony Flew admitted that the existence of DNA was a key factor in leading him to acknowledge God's existence. DNA is the microscopic "instruction manual" contained in every living cell -- including each in your body -- and a single cell's DNA contains the equivalent amount of information of 4,000 books (In the Beginning by Walt Brown). Not only is this unfathomably complex, but it involves vast stores of information. Where did this information come from? Dr. Werner Gitt, professor and director at the German Federal Institute of Physics and Technology, says, "There is no known natural law through which matter can give rise to information." In every instance of our experience, information only comes from intelligent minds -- books come from authors, computer programs come from programmers, TV dialogue comes from screen writers, and grocery lists come from anyone -- so long as it's a conscious mind. The more complex this information is, the more intelligent the thought that created it. So the stunning complexity of DNA information, by itself, requires that life was created not only by an all-powerful Being, but by an All-Intelligent Mind -- God.
3. History points to God, specifically in the prophesied life of Jesus Christ. Jesus of Nazareth claimed to have come to earth as God in human form. Hundreds and even thousands of years before Jesus' birth, the Jewish Scriptures predicted that a Messiah -- a Savior -- would come who would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), save His people from their evil deeds by His suffering (Isaiah 53), and come as the Messiah to His people Israel 483 years (69 sabbaths) after a decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:24-27). The decree of this last prophecy was given by a Persian king, and counting 483 years forward from that date lands you in the first century A.D. when Jesus lived. Thus, this prophecy could only be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. There are hundreds more prophecies -- and bringing all these prophecies together, the laws of probability would require that there are just too many "coincidences" for all this to happen without intelligent purpose. By itself, already-fulfilled Biblical prophecy requires that a God exists who is not only all-powerful and all-intelligent, but also all-knowing of past, present, and future.
4. History again points to God in the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The historical and legal evidence back up His amazing claim, as investigated by journalist and former atheist Lee Strobel in The Case for Christ and the former skeptic Josh McDowell, who set out to disprove Christianity to his friends but ended up becoming a believer because of the sheer weight of the evidence. The empty tomb of Jesus and His followers' claims of seeing Him alive after His death pose terrible problems to skeptics. Why would the tomb be empty? Even Jesus' enemies, the religious authorities and the Romans who executed Him, admitted that the tomb was empty, since they claimed that His followers stole His body to make it appear that He came to life. But His disciples, as recorded in the New Testament, were very fearful and not expecting His resurrection at all. Yet once they saw Christ, they were transformed into fearless preachers -- even proclaiming to their deaths as martyrs that He had risen and conquered death. If they knew they were lying, why would they die for it? Every other religious martyr in history could not really know for sure what they were dying for, because they had never seen the proof of their faith with their own eyes. But the disciples saw Christ with their own eyes -- they knew for sure if their faith was true. Even the terrorist Apostle Paul -- terrorist because he persecuted early Christians -- became a fervent Christian missionary after seeing Christ alive afterwards, and Paul died for his faith. If these appearances of Jesus are claimed to be hallucinations, then how could Paul, an enemy of Christ, have a hallucination? Hallucinations can only occur in the mind that expects them, and Paul (as well as the disciples) was certainly not expecting to see a risen Christ. Thus, the compelling evidence for Jesus Christ's resurrection, by itself, requires that God not only be all-powerful, all-intelligent, and all-knowing, but also all-loving and all-holy, because God Himself came down as man to pay the price of justice for our bad deeds.
He not only created the universe and predicts the future, but He suffered for man, His creation. That is love. And God is love.
These 4 evidences are more than adequate to show that God exists. Each, by itself, is enough to prove God's existence beyond a reasonable doubt, and yet to have four of these evidences is absolutely astounding. And these 4 are just a few of the evidences for God -- there is more that I haven't even discussed! I wish I could go in more detail about each 4 and each of the others, because the more you look into them, the clearer that it becomes that God just has to exist in order to make sense of it all. The evidence is too great to refute -- even if you give some objections to God's existence, you still have to be able to explain these 4 evidences, as well as others. I've asked atheists to explain some of these evidences, and they could not answer me very well -- they mostly go to other topics. So I think that these evidences are more than enough to say that, for our practical purposes, we can prove God exists. Of course, whether it is proven to you is another story, because to believe in something requires that the person is willing to believe. Many are not willing, and so not all believe.
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