The vast majority of the world’s population believes that God exists: 89% in America, and 84% worldwide. But of course, that doesn’t mean it’s true. How can we determine if God does or does not exist?
I want to explore three reasons:
The universe itself is a powerful reason for the existence of God. It’s big and beautiful and all its parts work together well. So, “How did the universe get here?” The obvious answer is “It came from something else.” Everything comes from something and is dependent on something else for its existence. But if we push way back and ask, ‘Where did it all begin?’ we will come up with the conclusion that the cause must be something, or someone, that is uncreated and independent, in other words, eternal and self-sufficient. Sounds a lot like God.
In 1929 Edwin Hubble made what has been called the greatest scientific discover of the 20th century. As he looked through his 100 inch telescope, he observed that galaxies were moving rapidly away from each other. As they were moving, space itself was getting bigger. He also noticed that they were moving apart because of a massive explosion. So by measuring the speed and distance of the movement his conclusion was that everything that exists had a common point of origin compressed smaller than a single atom, and came into existence with a single cosmic explosion – the Big Bang. Everything – space, matter, energy, even time itself, began to exist at a point in the past.
This pushes us back to the question, what caused the big bang? The logical answer is that it is something outside the material universe. Something that is eternal and causeless. GOD.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…. God said, Let there be light…” (Genesis 1:1,3). Think about it…
- “In the beginning” – Time began
- “God created the heavens” – Space began
- “God created … the earth” – Matter began
- “God said, Let there be light” – Energy began
Would you at least consider the possibility that a Being that transcends space, time, and matter, created all things in a moment?
The universe looks and works like someone designed it. The path of the stars, the laws of physics, watch a sunrise or sunset, everywhere you look is beauty. The creation not only points to a Creator, but to the nature of the Creator: ingenious, intelligent, beautiful, and detailed.
Isaac Newton said, “When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
Imagine a Pepsi can in front of you. How did it get there? Millions of years ago, a huge explosion sent a meteor through space. As it cooled, a caramel-colored, fizzy liquid formed. Aluminum crept over it and shaped into a small cylinder. Over time, a retractable lid appeared. Then it changed into a pull-tab. Red, white and blue paint fell from the sky and formed the letters P-E-P-S-I. It fits perfectly in your hand and not only satisfies your thirst, but gives you enough caffeine to pep you up. How many scientific explanations would I have to give you for you to fall for that? No. The Pepsi can didn’t happen by chance. Someone made it.
Now, look at a banana. It fits perfectly in your hand, even better than the Pepsi can. It has a non-slip surface and has a time-sensitive indicator: green: keep going; yellow: slow down and eat; black: too late. It has a pull-tab for opening and peels neatly. It is even biodegradable and if left uneaten will reproduce itself. It is full of bodybuilding calories and easy to digest, even for small children. The banana creator even has it curved toward the face to make the whole eating experience easier. So just looking at a banana, you can discover that there is a God who is brilliant, creative and thoughtful.
Have you ever heard people argue? Sure. What do they argue about? Everything. But have you ever thought about this? Everybody who argues is appealing to some kind of standard of behavior that he or she expects the other person to know. Both argue from a foundation of fairness or decent behavior, morality, or whatever you want to call it. Where did this come from? Christianity says it came from God.
I love to talk with people who believe that there are no absolutes. They say, what’s wrong for you may not be wrong for me. But if you have no standard, how can you say it is wrong to have one. You can’t say anything is wrong.
If there is no wrong…. You can’t get angry when somebody cuts you off on the highway. You can’t say one view of abortion is right over another or that polluting the environment is wrong. The best you can say is that you don’t happen to agree with it. But logically, it is not clear why this person would care what anyone believes.
Of course we all know some things are wrong. We know it’s wrong to cut people off. We know it’s wrong to hate someone because of his or her race, or murder innocent women and children. Even if you are in another culture, you would still think it’s wrong. There is an absolute right and wrong in the universe. Where did this come from? God.
So what’s at stake? Some people really want to believe in God. They want the assurance that they are not alone in the universe. Other people have a strong desire to not believe in God. The thought of an all-powerful Creator cramps their style.
The decision to believe or not to believe in God should not be based on what we want to believe. It ought to be based on evidence and reason. These three reasons are some strong pointers for the existence of God. I admit it’s not a slam-dunk case. But for me, it takes more faith to believe there is no God than to believe that there is.
“If I’m wrong about God then I wasted my life. I f you’re wrong about God then you wasted your eternity.” – LeCrae
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