This post is from Husband and Wife, Mike and Kelly Little, taking a look at this huge question from two unique angles. Mike serves as one of our worship leaders. Kelly leads our global outreach and Light Up Hope, our global orphan initiative.
Why Should I believe that God actually exists? What evidence do we have?
Philosophical and Scientific Evidence as written by Mike Little:
phi·los·o·phy [fi-los-uh-fee] noun, 1. the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.
When asked what evidence do we see for the existence of God, while there are numerous examples, there are 2 that have always hit me the hardest. 1) The existence of objective morality and 2) existence itself. Objective morality is the concept that certain actions are inherently and universally good or bad. Most rational people would agree that objective morality exists. For example, most rational people would agree that murdering a child is morally wrong. So where does our sense of right and wrong come from? There are only two options 1) it comes from a transcendent being outside of the material universe (God) 2) Right and wrong exists only through cultural relevance or through biological evolution (meaning that we needed morality for our species to survive). The problem with the second argument is that it leads down the path that human life has no objective value to anything other than itself and own existence. And that over time, we’d come to realize that a sense of right and wrong is just an illusion and that nothing is really “wrong” – therefore there is no absolute right or wrong…leading that there is no reason to believe that there is anything right or wrong with murder, torture, rape of any human adult or child, male or female. So essentially if you believe in morality, if you believe in a sense of wrong or right that belief must come from something outside our cultural understanding and biological survival.
sci·ence [sahy-uhns] noun 1. a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences. 2. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.
The second piece of evidence for the existence of God is existence itself. In other words, why is there something instead of nothing? Take for example, the Big Bang. The Big Bang is largely accepted by the scientific community as an explanation of how the universe was set into motion. But what caused it? Without the presence of a creator, we are left to put our faith in a theory that the universe created itself. Either position you take requires faith. To me it takes less faith to believe that God put the universe into motion. And not only did He put it in motion, he put it in motion with a set of scientific constants such that life could exist. According to Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, if any of these constants “was off by even one part in a million, or in some cases, by one part in a million million…there would have been no galaxy, stars, planets or people.”
These are just 2 examples of the visible evidence that we have for God’s existence. I would encourage anyone that is checking out the claims of Christ should look at the evidence for themselves. For more information and other examples of evidence, check out http://www.alwaysbeready.com/. Also check out any of William Lane Craig’s debates on YouTube.
Supernatural and Faith Based Evidence as written by Kelly Little
Supernatural [soo-per-nach-er-uhl, -nach-ruhl] adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal. 2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
At some point there is an inability to test the existence of God using philosophy or science because of the very definition of who or what God is – He is supernatural. Being supernatural means that God is above nature and above our tangible and measurable proofs found in the world that we live in, from which we primarily have based science and philosophy. Both of which are attempts by man to explain the created world in which we live.
Faith [feyth] noun. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
If a person is willing to try out faith for a while, and trust that proof of God can be found outside of (or in addition to) the scientific or philosophical paradigm we can find evidence of God all around us and available to us on a daily basis. In my own experience I have on many occasions turned to God and have seen Him respond and place evidence right in front of me. I could write pages of times when I have depended on God to provide hope and healing in my life but for the sake of this being a blog post I will focus on the two most clear examples I have in my life of God’s active existence.
On my travels to the slums of Kenya we have heard many testimonies of faith healing. In an environment where there is no access to modern medicine people have put their faith in God, prayed for healing, and been healed with no medical intervention. During my last mission trip to Kenya I was struck down with a severe illness and fever and was healed within an hour of a Kenyan pastor calling for me to be released from the sickness. Not all healing prayers are answered, but the ones that are — they undoubtably produce proof in the hearts and minds of the healed and those who witness the healing.
Even from the comfort of my own home I have experienced the evidence of God’s existence. The evidence was presented to me about four years ago when I received a call from someone very dear to me who said that he was going to kill himself that night. In a panic I prayed to God to do something to stop him from taking this step. After my prayer I felt the urge to tell this person to write on their arm with a permanent marker that I loved them and make a promise to me that they would not kill themselves. I hung up the phone and spent the rest of the night worrying. I had no idea if he would go through with suicide and I had no idea how he was planning to do it. I even wondered if God would intervene in this situation because my loved one did not believe in God’s existence – in fact he was an avid atheist.
Thankfully in the morning he was still alive and weeks later I found out that in the midst of the phone conversation with me, my loved one was holding a knife to his wrist. He says that it was the words written in marker on his arm that made him reconsider the step he was taking. Some people may say it was merely a chance occurrence that compelled me to tell him to write words of love on the very body part he was going to use for his own destruction, but I believe it is evidence of a loving God who will do anything to save us. We need to start acknowledging his existence to fully appreciate the depth of his love and attendance in our lives.
So the evidence of God’s existence is there in my life, and in my witness. But it takes faith to believe that the evidence I have found around me is evidence of God’s existence and not random coincidence. Perhaps with a little faith, you too will enter into a relationship with God and will begin to notice his presence in your life as well.