Does God Exist? Proof & Evidence for the Existence of God

Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.”

Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists.

But first consider this. If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.

It is like if someone refuses to believe that people have walked on the moon, then no amount of information is going to change their thinking. Satellite footage of astronauts walking on the moon, interviews with the astronauts, moon rocks…all the evidence would be worthless, because the person has already concluded that people cannot go to the moon.

When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.(1)

On the other hand, for those who want to know God if He is there, He says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”(2) Before you look at the facts surrounding God’s existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know Him?

Here, then, are some reasons supporting God’s existence...

1. Throughout history, in all cultures of the world, people have been convinced there is a God.

Could one say with any sense of confidence that all those people have been mistaken? Billions of people, who represent diverse sociological, intellectual, emotional, educational makeups…all came to the same conclusion that there is a Creator, a God to be worshipped.

“Anthropological research has indicated that among the farthest and most remote primitive people today, there is a universal belief in God. And in the earliest histories and legends of people all around the world, the original concept was of one God, who was the Creator. An original high God seems once to have been in their consciousness even in those societies which are today polytheistic.”(3)

2. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today. Many examples showing God’s design could be given, possibly with no end. But here are a few:

  • The Earth…its size is perfect. The Earth’s size and corresponding gravity holds a thin layer of mostly nitrogen and oxygen gases, only extending about 50 miles above the Earth’s surface.If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter.(4) Earth is the only known planet equipped with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life.The Earth is located the right distance from the sun. Consider the temperature swings we encounter, roughly -30 degrees to +120 degrees. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer and we would burn up.Even a fractional variance in the Earth’s position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible. The Earth remains this perfect distance from the sun while it rotates around the sun at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph. It is also rotating on its axis, allowing the entire surface of the Earth to be properly warmed and cooled every day.

    And our moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. The moon creates important ocean tides and movement so ocean waters do not stagnate, and yet it restrains our massive oceans from spilling over across the continents.(5)

  • Water…colorless, odorless and without taste, and yet no living thing can survive without it. Plants, animals and human beings consist mostly of water (about two-thirds of the human body is water). You’ll see why the characteristics of water are uniquely suited to life…It has an unusually high boiling point and freezing point. Water allows us to live in an environment of fluctuating temperature changes, while keeping our bodies a steady 98.6 degrees.Water is a universal solvent. Take a full glass of water, add a cup of sugar, and nothing spills over the edge; the water simply absorbs the sugar. This property of water means that thousands of chemicals, minerals and nutrients can be carried throughout our bodies and into the smallest blood vessels.(6)Water is also chemically inert. Without affecting the makeup of the substances it carries, water enables food, medicines and minerals to be absorbed and used by the body.

    Water has a unique surface tension. Water in plants can therefore flow upward against gravity, bringing life-giving water and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees.
    Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter.

    Ninety-seven percent of the Earth’s water is in the oceans. But on our Earth, there is a system designed which removes salt from the water and then distributes that water throughout the globe. Evaporation takes the ocean waters, leaving the salt, and forms clouds which are easily moved by the wind to disperse water over the land, for vegetation, animals and people. It is a system of purification and supply that sustains life on this planet, a system of recycled and reused water.(7)

  • The human brain…simultaneously processes an amazing amount of information.Your brain takes in all the colors and objects you see, the temperature around you, the pressure of your feet against the floor, the sounds around you, the dryness of your mouth, even the way this article appears to you on your screen.Your brain registers emotional responses, thoughts and memories. At the same time your brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of your body like your breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands.The human brain processes more than a million messages a second.(8) Your brain weighs the importance of all this data, filtering out the relatively unimportant. This screening function is what allows you to focus and operate effectively in your world.

    A brain that deals with more than a million pieces of information every second, while evaluating its importance and allowing you to act on the most pertinent information…can we say mere chance brought about such an astounding organ?

    When NASA launches a shuttle mission, it is assumed a monkey didn’t write the plan, but intelligent and knowledgeable minds. How does one explain the existence of the human brain? Only a mind more intelligent and knowledgeable than humanity could have created the human brain.

3. Mere “chance” is not an adequate explanation.

Imagine looking at Mount Rushmore, in which the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are carved. Could you ever believe that it came about by chance?

Given infinite time, wind, rain and chance, it is still hard to believe something like that, tied to history, was randomly formed in the side of a mountain. Common sense tells us that people planned and skillfully carved those figures.

This article only touches on a few amazing aspects of our world: the Earth’s position to the sun, some properties of water, one organ in the human body. Could any of these have come about by chance?

The distinguished astronomer Sir Frederick Hoyle showed how amino acids randomly coming together in a human cell is mathematically absurd. Sir Hoyle illustrated the weakness of “chance” with the following analogy. “What are the chances that a tornado might blow through a junkyard containing all the parts of a 747, accidentally assemble them into a plane, and leave it ready for take-off? The possibilities are so small as to be negligible even if a tornado were to blow through enough junkyards to fill the whole universe!”(9)

When one considers the intricacies of our life and universe, it is reasonable to think that an intelligent, loving Creator provided for everything we need for life. The Bible describes God as the author and sustainer of life.

4. Humankind’s inherent sense of right and wrong cannot be biologically explained. There arises in all of us, of any culture, universal feelings of right and wrong. Even a thief gets upset and feels wronged when someone steals from him. If someone violently grabs a child from a family and rapes that child, there is an anger and revulsion and a rage to confront that act as evil, regardless of the culture. Where did we get this sense of wrongness? How do we explain a universal law in the conscience of all people that says murder for fun is wrong?

And in areas like courage, dying for a cause, love, dignity, duty and compassion, where did these come from? If people are merely products of physical evolution, “survival of the fittest,” why do we sacrifice for each other? Where did we get this inner sense of right and wrong? Our conscience can best be explained by a loving Creator who cares about the decisions and harmony of humanity.

Next: God left a biography about himself as evidence for his existence

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157 thoughts on “Does God Exist? Proof & Evidence for the Existence of God

  1. jim van Ommen

    Just adding to what Jammin said about proof and faith;

    The ultimate saving grace for a 5 year old not to get electrocuted is not its knowledge of electronics, but obedience to his dad not to put those scissors in that power point. I think it is not so much a matter of God not being willing to share with us His eternal wisdom, but the fact that we are totally incapable to even remotely understand any part of it. And yes, without faith it is impossible to please God. Does it not please us immensely when a young child looks us in the face and says with great confidence ” Because Daddy says so!” Christ said: ” Unless you become like one of these”……Matt. 18:3
    Obedience and science, mmmmm,…yes they don’t seem to have much in common, but there comes a time if it hasn’t already come, for us to heed the warning of our Heavenly Father

    Regards, Jim.

  2. Richard

    Oh dear, here we go again. :)
    “We live in a world that is far from perfect” But surely God is perfect and made a perfect world. But wait, no, it’s Satan who does all the bad stuff. So God is so weak and imperfect he can’t overcome Satan? Oh that’s just God giving us free will…
    Jammin – mutations most certainly do “add imformation”. Sometimes it’s useful, sometimes deleterious. If a change (mutation) aids in survival the gene is more likely to be passed on.
    The information contained in cells provides “conclusive proof” that there is information in cells. To conclude the only way it could be there is because of a God shows a total lack of “critical thinking”
    My dad did tell me not to stick a knife in a power point. Your God told me not to wear clothes of two different cloths, don’t eat camels, rabbits or pigs or shellfish. And all sorts of other useful instructions. If God had said “don’t stick a fork in a powerpoint” then waited for the non believers to be amazed when powerpoints were invented, that would be pretty good.
    I wonder why he didn’t make any mention of general hygene like washing your hands before you eat? Perhaps because the people writing the bible only knew what people of the day knew.

  3. Jammin

    Richard, a mutation must benefit the organism in order to be selected. Multiple beneficial mutations are required to convey any advantage on an organism, much less build new structures. in 2008, in the journal, Genetics, evolutionary biologists found that even two such simultaneous human gene mutations produced by the Darwinian mechanism would take 100 million years and admitted that such time frames are unlikely to occur on any reasonable timescale. (Rick Durrett and Deena Schmidt, in Genetics 180, 2008) The building of complex structures requires many advantageous intermediate steps. Multiple mutations are required to provide any benefit in such processes. Do you see the problem?

    Critical thinking requires looking at evidence on both sides of an issue. Have you done this? I suggest a few peer reviewed articles and books, such as those by Douglas Axe, Ann Gauger, Stephen Meyer, Ralph Seelke, Michael Behe, or any of hundreds of others examining the data. Take a look at the website, intelligentdesign.org for some other sources.

    As for your comments on scripture, you must not have noticed as you were reading through to find out what was actually said, the handwashing that was required thousands of years before discoveries about germs and hygiene. There are many examples of prophets knowing things the people of the day did not know. For example, writings in Genesis (root word: gene?), describe what we’re made out of, earth and water. Now, maybe they had chemistry labs to help them find this out. Does that seem likely?

    i understand the confusion about all of the horrors of the world. if there were a good god, why would all of this suffering be allowed? During my much searching, i actually read and studied the scriptures beginning to end, many times, to see if they had the answers to my many questions. I didn’t want to just dismiss them without knowing what they actually said, or to blindly accept what others claimed they said. What I eventually discovered was quite different from what others said about them. They present a creator who is both good and severe, someone who took great pleasure in creating a world in which there initially was no death or suffering, but who required submission to his authority as the creator, and someone who is grossly misrepresented in the world. Along with the rejection of that authority, humanity chose another authority, which you mentioned, another rebellious creature, one more powerful than humans, and who, when given that authority by a rebellious humanity entrusted with decision-making ability, contributed to the havoc and misery we see today. The choice was made with the knowledge of its consequences, death and separation from the creator. As evidenced in so many ways in creation, the creator is neither weak nor is all of this his will. The miserable consequences of that choice is what we see today. But you probably don’t believe any of that, do you? in any case, back to my search, I found a creator who did not need my acceptance but who was willing to accept me and be reconciled to me so that I could have the joy of actually knowing and fulfilling my purpose, which I found out is to please my creator. That doing so would meet the longings of my own heart in the midst of this hellish mess produced by the rebellion that still continues in so many hearts. And I finally found the hope that these consequences are not permanent, that reconciliation, when fully implemented, will result in the restoration of the original state of creation.

    I found someone whose name has been suppressed so that even those who claim to believe do not know it. Or, they know a distorted version of it that they found online. I found out that names and words matter, that they have meaning and did not originate as mere grunts, but that our brains and structure are deliberately designed to understand and express everything we need to, including how to find that reconciliation that we so need. I found that in some places in the world, the name of the creator still is known, and those who know it probably don’t know that in some parts of the world it is no longer even known.

    Of course, if any of this interests you, you will conduct your own search for what is true. if it does not interest you, you will not do so. My sense of it, from what you have said, is that you have made up your mind already, about what you prefer to believe. Even if this is the case, I wish you well and hope that you will find what is true.

  4. ElkayElkay

    Hi . . . I’m not sure exactly what you meant by “compete between” but I will assume you are talking about how we live out our life on this earth in a “battle” between the “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, mighty powers in this dark world, and evil spirits in the heavenly places” of Eph 6:12 and the good God who loved us, even while we were sinners (Rom 5:8), so much so that He sent Jesus who laid down His life (Jn 10:17) (1) to save us from our sins; (2) to free us from the power of sin (Jn 8:36) ; (3) to give us a full life (Jn 10:10): (4) to make possible eternal life for us (Jn 10:28); (4) and to give us a home with Him and God the Father (Jn 14:2).

    There may be much deeper answers to your question than the one I am about to give but it has helped me in the past and I hope it will you too. There are some very interesting verses at Eph 2:4-7 that read:

    “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”

    Now, if there was not a “battle” and if we did not have the freewill to “choose sides” in this “battle” then God could not have pointed to us as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness. And if you wonder who God was pointing us out to, no one can really know but quite possibly it is to the “fallen angels” (2 Peter 2:4) who chose to follow Satan in his rebellion against God to show them the foolishness of choosing evil and how “good” is so far much better.

    There is more to this than being an example of God’s grace: in the future age at the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21), there will be treasures and there will be rewards for our service to God in this “battle”. The treasures Jesus speaks of at Matt 6:19 may be the same as rewards and these rewards may well be the crowns of rejoicing, righteousness, life, glory, life, or the imperishable crown spoken of at 1 Thess 2:19, 2 Tim 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, Rev 2:10 and 1 Cor 9:25. We can speculate more about your question but we do know one thing: Jesus is coming with rewards to hand out according to our deeds on His behalf. (Rev 22:12)

    I really hopes this helps . . . .

  5. James

    Richard,

    If I may comment about one of your beliefs in the lack of GODs existence, because he allows evil to happen or as the other guy mentioned, actually perpetrated it to draw more attention to himself. Both of these points of view are wrong. The reason why these things happen is “Free Will” it is not GODs choice, but that of mankind. If you argue that free will is a poor excuse for such travesty, consider that if free will didn’t or never existed, we would be enslaved without knowledge of such and more then likely enslaved to a world of pure and continuous evil due to the original err of man. In fact, the world was like this in the the time of Noah. GOD chose to destroy mankind except Noah and his family. This was due to Noah having “Free Will” and making the correct choice of having faith in GOD, and remaining obedient and thus being righteous in GODs eyes. The point is, it is also this “Free Will” that not only causes the destruction of many, but also saves us. It is a simple choice to either believe or not and to live your live faithful to those beliefs. If one belief is right and the other is wrong, what will happen if your belief is wrong? It will only lead to destruction and eternal death. While the other leads to prosperity, joy and eternal life. How can this choice be wrong then? If they are both wrong, you will never know, becuse there will only be eternal death and complete void of consciousness from your point of view. So then, nothing will be realized considering you made the right choice. Creation did not happen by chance, it is mathematically impossible to even have a few conditions needed to create complex life and if it is possible to start simple life, it is even more mathmatically impossible to sustain it. This is not to mention the many many things known that are needed to be perfect in order to sustain and cause life to flourish. What is more perplexing are the things that are unknown. In which mankind will never know unless it is revealed by the one who set it in motion. How can the choice of believing in a creator be the wrong one, even if it is wrong? Is it because you can say you are a realist and you told us so in the end? You can not, because you will simply cease to exist in physical form and consciousness. I pray for you to believe in the GOD of Abraham, Issac and Jacob and most importantly in his Son JESUS, who he gave all authority to for the salvation of us all. This is because of his unimaginable love, mercy and compassion for us. Is this so bad for me to consider for you Richard?

  6. SharonSharon

    good article for me seeing God is HIS creation in either spring or the fall I know all seasons but those two I see HIM the most.

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