The existence of God

Several days ago, I had the opportunity to teach at a conference.  When I finished, one of the attendees asked a tough question.  How do we know God exists?

Multiple arguments for the existence of God have been offered through the centuries.  An example, the universal belief argument, purports that every person is born with knowledge of God in their inner most being.  No matter who they are or where they are from, every person has an awareness of a supreme being in the core of their being.  That knowledge produces worship.  Some psychologists may argue against it, but anthropological study reveals that in every society in the history of humanity, regardless of geographic and cultural trappings, mankind has worshiped what he perceived to be the supreme being.  Whether it was the sun or a star, humanity has consistently bowed to the being believed to be supreme.  That inner desire, it is argued, must come from a God who exists.

A second argument for the existence of God is the cosmological argument.  When you observe the world around you, there is an order, a design, a rationality to everything.  The way everything is put together distinctly implies there is something out there, someone who put it all together.  Since for every effect there has to be a direct cause, a rational cause must have developed the rational world.

My favorite illustration of this argument comes from Sir Isaac Newton.  In his office, the universe was modeled.  A gold metal ball in the center demonstrated our sun.  All the planets were formed revolving around the sun.  As many stars as he could make were affixed in their places perfectly.  All was made of metal, intricately designed and exquisitely made.  It made sense of the universe.  With that model many of his students were able to understand much more regarding the physical workings and relationships in the world of space.  One day an atheistic scientist walked into his office, saw that intricately designed universe, and said, “Wow … that’s fantastic. Who made it?”  Newton seized the moment, “Nobody.  It just fell together.  One day I was sitting at my desk and all the metal just started wrapping around itself and developed into that beautiful structure you see sitting there.”  As with most of us, the atheist got the picture of a Divine Designer…the cosmological argument for the existence of God.

Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

One need only to look around and realize the wonder and beauty of God: the hand of an infant, the soft fur of a bunny, the delicious scent of a rose, the sweet taste of an orange, the glow of the stars, the bloom of a cherry tree, and the splendor of white fluffy snow. We are without excuse to question His existence.

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