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

Written by Marilyn Adamson

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

Copyright 2000 Used with permission.


234 Responses to “Does God Exist? Proof & Evidence for the Existence of God”

  • John says:

    After 20 years in the church, being youth pastor, music director and taking all the humiliation coming from the church, last night I declared out loud that I don’t believe in God. My heart was filled with fear, not sadness like the bible says but just fear. I come from and island with a horrible story the story of people that ware slurred in the name of God. Today I have lost hope in that God that I only fear because he tells me that if I don’t listen to him I will burn in hell for eternity, he also tells me that after all the effort I might not be chosen.
    Theologians tell me he has no feeling and yet he says that we were created in his image, why do I feel, why do I hurt…
    Deep down in my heart I know there is a God but not the one you I was talked about my whole life, man killed God, his love is dead his presence if not among us, John says that where the presence of God is there can’t be darkness and all I see is darkness, death, hypocrisy, lies, and self-beneficence. God bless all of us if he rely is there…

  • hkmt says:

    Very convincible answers can be found in that website

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Felix, thanks for your questions. It is important to explore all ideas to help us get a clearer understanding of who God is. One of the things that we learn about God from the Bible is that His character can be known through what He has made. That makes sense to me because it is true for humans as well: we can tell something about people through the things that they create like art, buildings, computer software, etc. When we look at the universe there is order and logical consistency; that is one of the reasons why scientific investigation works–if the universe was not ordered and logical we would not expect that what we observed today would be the same tomorrow. So if what God made is ordered and logical it makes sense that He too is ordered and logical. Your question about God making a rock that is too big for Him to lift is what philosophy describes as a logical absurdity and obviously to deny God’s omnipotence because He is unable to create a logical absurdity is too be unaware of His ordered and logical character.

    Your second question is an important one: we know that everything in Nature has a beginning–it was caused by something. Since that is the case we know that there must have been something or Someone outside of Nature (hence the term ‘supernatural’) must have been the uncaused cause. In other words there is no beginning to God; He is infinite. Any other option leads to another logical absurdity of an infinite regress of causes. So God as the ‘uncaused cause’ makes logical sense; and that is exactly how He describes Himself in the Bible. In Revelation 1:8 God states “I am the Alpha and Omega, who is, who was, and who is to come.” Of course “Alpha and Omega” are the first and last letter in the Greek alphabet, so they point to His nature being the beginning and the end. In a letter written by Jesus’ disciple Peter, he points out that God is timeless, “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2Peter 3:8) Throughout the Bible He is described as the ‘eternal God’.

    What conclusions have you come to about the character of God as you have studied the universe we live in and the many different worldviews that are out there that try to answer existential questions?

  • Felix Graner says:

    If god is omnipotent, can he make a rock that not even him can lift???

    If god created the world, whi created Jesus???

  • Aldo says:

    Richard, as I have stated to you before, “If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.”

    Therefore, to try to prove to you that God does exist would be like “banging my head against a brick wall,” or wasting my time in a hopeless enterprise.

    On the other hand, if you truly desire to “see the test that shows faith has any demonstrable effect in the physical world.” as Jim van Ommen states you have said, then all you need do is read the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews.

    There should be enough physical proof there for anyone to believe.

  • Aldo says:

    Richard, as I have stated to you before, “If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.”

    Therefore, to try to prove to you that God does exist would be like “banging my head against a brick wall,” or wasting my time in a hopeless enterprise.

    On the other hand, if you truly desire to “see the test that shows faith has any demonstrable effect in the physical world.” as Jim van Ommen states you have said, then all you need do is read the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews.

    There should be enough physical proof there for anyone to believe.

  • Kemson says:

    Very beautifil discussion here. Nothing i can prove here, just to say that my whole being can’t go further without seeking and acknowledging God’s providences in my life. I feel happy, complete and satisfy by accepting and follwing Christ.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    I agree Loannis, that self-awareness is an important part of understanding things beyond ourselves, don’t you also think that an important step of knowing ourselves is know who has made us, and why? If an intelligence did indeed create us, then you can be sure that there was intent and purpose for us. Knowing our Creator and His purpose for us would be an integral part of knowing ourselves.

  • Kate says:

    Loannis thank you for your input. Did you come up with answer to your question about who you are?

  • Ioannis says:

    First we need to ask who am I????to be able to ask, investigate, something hugely billion times, more than our capacity, My almost nothing existence, in comparison to the universe, planet earth and its solar system, even our galaxy, can disappear from our site if we are in such distance in the universe, So can you imagine you and me, we do not exist in comparison to these huge distances, the universe although looks messy, it is in full balance synchronization, and order, rotations, gravity, light speed.
    My suggestion first to discover who we are before be audacious and try to be bigger than our stupid head…..

  • Chris says:

    russ…isaiah 59 clearly shows us that it is Gods will to manifest his presence to us but that our sins have made a seperation between us and him so that he cannot. he sent his only beloved son jesus to die in our place so that we could be restored to his loving grace and mercy. all you need to do is receive jesus into your heart, asking forgiviness for your sins and you will begin to enjoy the presence of your heavenly father. for more information on doing just that log onto or by clicking talk to a mentor above. my prayer for you is that you would open your heart to christ and his saving grace for thereby you will know the love and care of your heavnely father personally. blessings!

  • jgvanommen says:

    Yes Russ, that is often how we feel as mere mortals. One thing though we need to remember; God is a spirit and those that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The 2000 year old book is a revelation of God’s word in time, but God is from everlasting to everlasting, He is outside our limited concept of time, equally, in His omnipotence and omnipresence outside our concept of power and location. God’s word is as relevant to us today as it was 2000 years ago and ever will be. We need to acquaint ourselves with it, thoroughly , and allow Him to speak to us today. Yes, in this wicked world of today, I agree we sometimes feel just as you say. I like your words; ” Than may we come to you as you come to us.” Yes, like it says somewhere in the Bible that we are to abide in Him as He abides in us, like a branch remains connected to the vine. Only then can His goodness flow into us and cause us to bear fruit, be our sufficiency, enable us to withstand the evil forces of this world.
    He does care for His children, each one of us ! God bless you this day.

  • Russ says:

    I believe in my soul and mind there is a higher power or great spirit ,the one God, the Father, the Creator. Where is it? If I said as the prophets say ” My little chidren listen to me”, I would be with them. I am a father and I cannot stay away from my children. Where is the Great spirit our Father? Hear us now. We need you. In the passed you have sent prophets , where are they now? All we have is a 2000 year old book that has been translated by who ever had the gold at that time. Where oh Lord are you ? Speak so we can hear. Then may we come to you when you come to us.

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Happy Easter to you too, Donald. May the Lord’s blessings be with you and those close to you.

  • donald griffor says:

    happy easter GOD BLESS you all. don

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you for your response to this article and I agree with you. May the Lord our god bless you.

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Some good discussion here but for many people it is not theological or philosophical debate or arguments which help them come to a place of belief in God almighty. It is when we come to know God personally for ourselves that we find the peace which passes all understanding and a real reason for living and serving Him.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Richard, I had to chuckle as I read your question, ‘Okay, it’s just a parable to indicate that he cares when even one of his flock wanders off.
    So, if I’m the modern equivalent of the lost sheep, will god come looking for me?’ The fact that you are here on this site asking questions and reading the articles is a pretty good indication that not only is God looking for you, but that He is also providing you with people to answer your questions! :-)

  • donald griffor says:

    AMEN all good comments for GOD ARE SAVIOR. but i believe that spiritual blindness is worse than physical blindness and comes from the devil we can go back and forth trying to convince someone of the truth it’s all good.but we need to let the holy spirit do his job to open blind eyes. please pary for my unsaved loved ones. john 6:37 (kjv) all that the father giveth me shall come to me,and him that cometh to me i will in no wise cast out. much prayer is needed for the unbeliever i have a burden for those who call theirselves an atheist i guess because my grandson says he doesn’t believe in god.i will be praying for all of you and yours. GOD BLESS. don

  • Aldo says:

    Richard, I am sorry, but by saying (the world/people/nature is so amazing/beautiful/complicated it must have a creator” will not be considered evidence)- including the Bible, God’s Word to mankind; limits my, or anyone’s attempt at trying to prove that God exists.

    Even if there was dead right truth of the existence of God, which there is in those things which you have said will not be considered, no one would believe it. Why? Because the Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

    You see, God doesn’t want or need to prove His existence for someone to believe that He is. He wants us to believe He exists merely by faith. Those who do, He rewards with the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life with Him in heaven. Those who do not, well, they suffer the consequences of their own choice.

    Richard, the reason why Christians today, and the millions who have gone before us, including those who have died from being persecuted, are so steadfast in their faith is because when they come into a relationship with God through accepting and receiving His Son Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, God the Holy Spirit quickens the new life to them. (2 Corinthians 5:17) They know that they are a new creation in Christ.

    Of course, one who hasn’t experienced that, would find it hard to believe. But, thank God, the Bible tells us that God has dealt to each one a measure of faith- Romans 12:3. So then, if we choose not to believe it is entirely our fault.

    I hope and pray that you make the right choice.

  • Elkay says:

    Richard, speaking of music, when/if you read the “worship scenes” in Revelation 5, what is your reaction? Do you feel that you could worship such a Savior-Lamb-King?

    “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

    Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and more saying with a loud voice:

    “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

    And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

    To that I can say, Hallelujah!

  • I don’t know Richard if you are a music lover,…….but if you get a chance try and listen to….. ” For as in Adam all die” …..and then as it continues to…” In Christ is also the resurrection of the dead” in Handel’s Messiah. it is very touching.
    Cheers, Jim.

  • Richard , God who created us in His image has been looking for us ever since we first strayed away by an act of disobedience. That disobedience has made us very vulnerable and has caused us to live in a fallen world where evil prevails and I think that would not be difficult to understand when we look around and read the news from day to day. God is indeed omnipotent, but He doesn’t use that power to turn us into robots, nor does he use that power to fix up all our problems, most of which are the direct result of our selfishness. Responsible parents don’t do that for their children for obvious reasons and neither does God our Father.
    The parable of the lost sheep and the lost son for that matter are just that, parables, but very powerful analogies of His love for us as individuals.
    But there was one very powerful act of omnipotence that God did use to save mankind and the only way to save mankind and that was by the life, death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Richard, we are saved by grace through faith; don’t wait until you think you know and understand everything;………. I don’t,……… but I do know Christ’s love for me.
    My the Lord bless you this Easter as you reflect on………For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.

  • Richard says:

    Jim, so god is not omnipotent? He has to leave the 99 to search for the 1?
    Okay, it’s just a parable to indicate that he cares when even one of his flock wanders off.
    So, if I’m the modern equivalent of the lost sheep, will god come looking for me?

  • Richard says:

    Don, I agree, the fact that the god of the bible(s) advocates what I would call evil, violence, hatred, murder and intolerence, doesn’t mean there isn’t a god. It means, if there is a god, it’s certainly not a loving one. Please note, he doesn’t just allow these horrors, he makes them happen.
    You dissagree with some of the things god does in the bible? Is that blashphemy?
    Does god mention abortion in the bible?
    As I asked earlier, Jesus died and was almost immediatly taken up to live in paradise for all eternity. How is that a sacrifice?
    All the best. I’ll think critically for you. Richard.

  • donald griffor says:

    Richard yes there was good and evil back in the old testament days the new testament days and now. yes i don’t agree with some of things that went on in the bible days or now, way god allowed men to have slaves i don’s know but that doesn’t mean there’s not a god. he allows thing to happen that we can’t understand like abortion today it sickens me but i still believe in god and god’s son jesus. god love’s all of us and he made a way for us to be save jesus christ and him crufied. GOD BLESS praying for you. don

  • Matt. 18:12 you’ll find the answer Richard. In this parable Christ indicates how much we mean to Him individually and how much he desires us to have a personal relationship with Him. He has intervened and it is up to us to follow Him.

  • Richard says:

    Jim, Surely the whole point of a shepherd is to intervene when the flock wanders off (enacts free will). What’s the point in “watching over”, if you’re not going to do anything?

  • Richard says:

    Don, was this truth revealed to you?
    Leviticus 25:44-46 However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.
    And in case you say “yes, but that’s the old testament” – Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

  • Your response Richard has reached me on email, but not as yet on this website.Nevertheless I am sending my reply just the same as I’m rather busy today:

    Correct me if I’m wrong Richard, but I thought you said “faith” has a well being effect; you didn’t mention any of the other activities or attributes, as important as they are.
    As for God’s selfishness, as you suggest; yes there is a truth in that, He jealously guards over his creation especially those whom He created in His own image. Would you not agree that we live in a world where we need protection from all manner of bad people, bad behaviour, sometimes even from ourselves? Like a good shepherd He watches over his people, but they still have their free will that they can exercise and all too often to their own detriment. His terms are our protection in the here and now and beyond. God’s selfishness can be summed up in what we read in John 3:16


  • Richard says:

    Jim, that “well being effect” can be had by giving to charity, meditating, walking the dog, smiling at a stranger, looking at beautiful art/nature, having dinner with your family, volunteering and so on an on. None of which has to be on “His terms”. What a selfish imaginary creature he is.

  • donald griffor says:

    Richard john 14:6 jesus saith onto him, i am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh onto the father, but by me. I believe that not because i think i got all the facts. it’s the spirit of god that reveal that to me. the holy spirit is the spirit of truth, the truth has to be revealed to you. Your searching that the main thing keep on searching until you find the truth. praying for you. don

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