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

  1. Richard

    Don, Well that was disappointing.
    Hopefully Aldo will have something more convincing.
    For balance you might like to read Paul Jacobsen’s (Christian turned atheist) reviews of Lee Strobel’s books (Case against faith). You might find them helpful in your search for truth.

  2. Jim van Ommen

    These words Richard are yours from some time ago:

    “ I agree faith has a well being effect on those who have it and that’s great. But I would like to see the test that shows faith has any demonstrable effect in the physical world.”

    Richard, I agree with you….It is great ! You and I are part of that physical world, are we not? Our Maker, creator God is only too willing to share that “ well-being effect “ with you and me “ and much more than that. But it has to be on His terms, not because He wants to “ Lord it over us” ( pardon the pun ) no because we just have not got what it takes to comprehend it all. Nobody else that I have met in my life has got it all together and that is possibly to keep the likes of me humble

    Cheers,
    Jim

  3. donald griffor

    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

  4. Richard

    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.
    Richard

  5. Jim van Ommen

    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

    Regards,
    Jim.

  6. Richard

    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.

  7. Richard

    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?

  8. Jim van Ommen

    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.

  9. donald griffor

    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

  10. Richard

    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.

  11. Richard

    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?

  12. Jim van Ommen

    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.

  13. Jim van Ommen

    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.

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