We’re going to be unpacking some key questions in the coming weeks and I can think of no greater question with which to start. We’re going to unpack this question somewhat in this post.
For me, I’ve been a Christian for 25 years and so my answer to this question is a simple “yes” – God does exist. But why am I so convinced of this? Well, let’s examine the world around us. The planet we inhabit is full of such beauty, mystery and diversity. It points to a creator/a designer. Someone has thought the design of the world through. At the very beginning of the Bible, in Genesis 1:1, we read “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” You can read the rest of Genesis chapter 1 to see God creating the various aspects of the things we see on earth.
Furthermore, consider how the components of nature work with one another (what we might call an ecosystem). We see countless examples where plants/animals work with/depend on other plants/animals and everything is held in balance. Does that happen by chance? Well, I struggle to think so. It surely points to a creator.
What about us as human beings? We are so complex! Our make-up is so incredible. Not just in terms of how we are physically, but consider how complex the other areas of our lives are – spiritual and emotional for example. Again, this surely must point to the fact that we have been designed by the same designer that we read about in Genesis chapter 1.
In the Old Testament, David writes about how amazing the design of human beings truly is. He writes in Psalm 139:13-14 – “you [God] created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful”. What wonderful truths written by David. We are so complex. There are things about us that science has even yet to discover. Such is the marvelousness of our design by God!
What of the alternatives offered to creation by science? Well, the two main alternative explanations for how we got here are the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution. The keyword to both of those is “theory”. They are unproven. There are arguments offered by science to support these theories, but equally, there are arguments offered by science against these very same theories. So when I look at all of the above-mentioned things, I cannot see how they point to an explosion, or humankind evolving from another species.
We then must consider Jesus. God’s incarnate Son in human form. We will be exploring who Jesus is in greater detail in a future post. But for the benefit of this post, I want to consider the fact that Jesus is described as a gift from God. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” So for Jesus to come to this earth, and die in the way he did (on a cross), that surely also points to a loving God who is sovereign over all.
Then we move on to think about the Holy Spirit, and in particular, we want to think about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as outlined in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). In that passage, Paul highlights the different gifts that the Holy Spirit enables people to do and perform. If God did not exist, how could these things happen? If God did not exist, how could people perform miracles? How could people pray for healing and see people healed?
For me on a personal level, when I look back over my life, I see countless examples of God’s input, mercy and provision. I can see that he has been guiding and directing me to the place where I now am. I see examples of when he has provided above and beyond what I needed at that current time. I see his abundant goodness throughout my entire life. So I remain fully convinced that God is indeed real.
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