Six Compelling Reasons to Believe in God
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could just point to six compelling reasons why one ought to believe in God? .Today many in a sense worship science, and insist that if you can’t empirically prove something scientifically, then they won’t accept it. But the fact is, we all accept things in our daily life that we have never “proven”. For example, the way we depend on the regularity of “natural laws”, so that when we set our alarm clocks, we are quite sure the sun will come up the next morning, and we’ll be off to work.
Or the way we make a moral judgement when we feel something is “right” or “wrong”. You don’t “prove” the rightness or wrongness of somethings – you make a judgement about an action, or the lack of one that should have been there. But that is not something that is subject to the scientific method. Although one cannot “scientifically” prove without a doubt that God exists, there are good “reasons to believe” that an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator God exists, and that He is a personal God that loves and sustains His creation, and has a plan for it and us. Here are just six of the most compelling reasons to believe:
According to Tim Keller in his book “The Reason for God”, it’s as if God had rolled a “Cosmic Welcome Mat” for the earth to begin and prosper. According to Francis Collins, a well-respected scientist who led work to map the human genome, there are no less than 15 cosmological constants that are set to exactly the right value to allow complex life to form in the universe. If ANY of these values had been off by a tiny margin, no life could have developed at all in the universe. Matter would not have coalesced, and there would have been no galaxies, no stars, no planets, and no people.
Fine tuning appears to have happened not only at a cosmological level, but also within our solar system, and even within the early system we live in. For more, read the full article. https://evidencetobelieve.net/fine-tuning-of-the-universe-2/
Scientists are convinced that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call the Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists: the beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself.
Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, stated, “The seed of everything that has happened in the Universe was planted in that first instant; every star, every planet and every living creature in the Universe came into being as a result of events that were set in motion in the moment of the cosmic explosion…The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen.”
Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in Physics, said at the moment of this explosion, “the universe was about a hundred thousand million degrees Centigrade…and the universe was filled with light.” For more on the initial Singularity, otherwise known as the Big Band, see https://evidencetobelieve.net/the-singularity-or-big-bang/
Much of life may seem uncertain, but look at what we can count on day after day: gravity remains consistent, a hot cup of coffee left on a counter will get cold, the earth rotates in the same 24 hours, and the speed of light doesn’t change — on earth or in galaxies far from us. How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? Why is the universe so orderly, so reliable?
“The greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. This astonishment springs from the recognition that the universe doesn’t have to behave this way. It is easy to imagine a universe in which conditions change unpredictably from instant to instant, or even a universe in which things pop in and out of existence.”
For more on the amazing set of laws that we count daily, see https://evidencetobelieve.net/the-laws-of-nature/
Four: The Amazing Program Code of Life: DNA
All instruction, all teaching, all training comes with intent. Someone who writes an instruction manual does so with purpose. Did you know that in every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code, much like a miniature computer program? As you may know, a computer program is made up of ones and zeros, like this: 110010101011000. The way they are arranged tell the computer program what to do. The DNA code in each of our cells is very similar. It’s made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. These are arranged in the human cell like this: CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT and so on. There are three billion of these letters in every human cell!!
Well, just like you can program your phone to beep for specific reasons, DNA instructs the cell. DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual. Why is this so amazing? One has to ask: how did this information program wind up in each human cell? These are not just chemicals. These are chemicals that instruct, that code in a very detailed way exactly how the person’s body should develop.
Natural, biological causes are completely lacking as an explanation when programmed information is involved. You cannot find instruction, precise information like this, without someone intentionally constructing it. Where there is a program, there must have been a Programmer.
Five: The Existence of a “Moral Law” We All Live By
All human beings, whether they admit or not, live by an innately understood “Moral Law”. We usually refer to this as our conscience, and when we are about to do something wrong that violates our conscience, we refrain. Not only that, if we see someone else doing something we feel wrong, we normally let them know about it – “you shouldn’t do that!”. In like manner, when we – or someone we observe does something admirable, we applaud them: “Well done”, we say.
But where did we get this sense of “right and wrong” to judge our actions, or the actions of others by? We are acting in accord with “standards” that are external to us – “moral measuring rods”, if you like.
In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis argued that “conscience reveals to us a moral law whose source cannot be found in the natural world, thus pointing to a supernatural Lawgiver.” Lewis argued that accepting the validity of human reason as a given must include accepting the validity of practical reason, which could not be valid without reference to a higher cosmic moral order which could not exist without a God to create and/or establish it. (Wikipedia).
Six: Jesus. He Made Claims and Did Things No Man Ever Did
Why Jesus? Look throughout the major world religions and you’ll find that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. None of them ever claimed to be equal to God. Surprisingly, Jesus did. That is what sets Jesus apart from all the others. He said God exists and you’re looking at him. Though he talked about his Father in heaven, it was not from the position of separation, but of very close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father, anyone who believed in him, believed in the Father.
He said, “I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”14 He claimed attributes belonging only to God: to be able to forgive people of their sin, free them from habits of sin, give people a more abundant life and give them eternal life in heaven. Unlike other teachers who focused people on their words, Jesus pointed people to himself. He did not say, “follow my words and you will find truth.” He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.”15
What proof did Jesus give for claiming to be divine? He did what people can’t do.
- Jesus performed miracles. He healed people…blind, crippled, deaf, even raised a couple of people from the dead.
- He had power over objects…created food out of thin air, enough to feed crowds of several thousand people.
- He performed miracles over nature…walked on top of a lake, commanding a raging storm to stop for some friends.
- Finally, He is the only one to have risen from the dead
People everywhere followed Jesus, because he constantly met their needs, doing the miraculous. He said if you do not want to believe what I’m telling you, you should at least believe in me based on the miracles you’re seeing.
Jesus Christ showed God to be gentle, loving, aware of our self-centeredness and shortcomings, yet deeply wanting a relationship with us. Jesus revealed that although God views us as sinners, worthy of his punishment, his love for us ruled and God came up with a different plan. God himself took on the form of man and accepted the punishment for our sin on our behalf. Sounds ludicrous? Perhaps, but many loving fathers would gladly trade places with their child in a cancer ward if they could. The Bible says that the reason we would love God is because he first loved us.
Jesus died in our place so we could be forgiven. Of all the religions known to humanity, only through Jesus will you see God reaching toward humanity, providing a way for us to have a relationship with him. By and large, all other world religions are “works based”, with you reaching out to God, and hoping for acceptance based on your works.
- This is the case with Islam, where Allah is going to weigh your works on a scale when you leave this life, whether good or bad. You have no assurance of salvation.
- This is also true of Buddhism, where your diligence in following the Nobel Truths and 8 Fold Path may (or may not) eventually get you to Nirvana (after an untold number of re-births)
Jesus proves a divine heart of love, meeting our needs, drawing us to himself. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he offers us a new life today. We can be forgiven, fully accepted by God and genuinely loved by God. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”17 This is God, in action.
Does God exist? If you want to know, investigate Jesus Christ. We’re told that
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
God does not force us to believe in him, though he could. Instead, he has provided sufficient proof of his existence for us to willingly respond to him. The fine-tuning of the universe, the solar systems, and even nature itself; that mysterious “big bang” that got everything started; the amazing properties of water, and the human brain; DNA, the program code of all living things; and the “moral law” or compass we all live by. Finally, consider Jesus, who said things no other “holy man” ever said, and did things that were inexplicable unless He was “God in the flesh”.
As C.S Lewis wrote in “Mere Christianity”:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
Based on an article by Marilyn Adamson, from EveryStudent.com
“Answering the Objections of Atheists, Agnostics & Skeptics” – Ron Rhodes
“The Reason for God”, Tim Keller
“Mere Christianity”, C.S. Lewis