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

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

  • Yonathan says:

    Andy Selby: Why are you so angry and disappointed with something that you don’t believe in. I believe in God and it is my personal believe when I am in a restaurant with a group of people and there is one in the group that don’t believe that God exist I don’t get mad and leave the table. Whether you believe or not I wish you find peace in your heart, my peace is found in my grater good and that is God, hope you find yours. Don’t fight against something you don’t believe but fight for what you do believe…

  • Tom Tom says:

    Andy—

    Thanks for filling in some details of where you’re coming from spiritually. Am I to take it that there was something you were desiring of God that he didn’t supply you with and for that reason you found it easy to deny his existence? One thing you didn’t respond to was whether your denial of God has turned you to a belief the universe and everything in it simply “evolved” over billions of years, having commenced with “nothing.” Would you like to share your thoughts on that?

    It seems from your post that your definition of “knowing God” is for him to personally appear in some fashion to each person. First off, God the Father has no physical existence and would therefore not be able to “appear” to anyone. However, Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, did appear. The historical record of his life, miracles, teachings, death, and resurrection are beyond denial for anyone who really takes an objective look at the record. Millions of Christians for nearly 2000 years have “known” Jesus Christ/God personally through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God… The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:14,16). I am one who has a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and that is regularly made known to me by the Holy Spirit that resides within me; leading and guiding me. Therefore, God does in fact make himself known to individuals.

    God has also made himself known through his Creation. However, the sin nature within each person struggles to deny the obvious truths of God’s existence. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness (sin) of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them (that’s our God-given conscience which is why people all over the world and in all cultures innately believe of some sort of deity—it’s not just superstition, it’s built into our consciences); for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” The perfection of the universe and its workings, the intricacies of the human body and irreducible complexity, the absolutely incredible coding of DNA; all of these things point to a creator. Those with closed minds—unrighteous, sinful people at heart—will deny this evidence just as scripture points out. But those who respond to the light God has placed before them will be given more information of him to the point of their turning from their unbelief and to belief in Jesus Christ.

    I refer to the Bible passages because that is the most significant way God has revealed himself to us. Like countless others, you believe the Bible is just the religious ideas of various people. However, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21). Again, if your desire is simply to refute the Bible—the inspired (which means God-breathed) word of God, then you will be blinded to the truths it contains. On the other hand, if you go to it objectively, carefully examining it for authenticity, relevance, historical, archeological, and scientific accuracy, you will find it to be irrefutable evidence for God. “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

    Andy, no one has to jump through hoops, perform rituals, or beg God in order to “know” him. God’s grace is offered to anyone who will respond to the light of knowledge he’s already presented, and who will place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. I did that 19 years ago, and I’ve known God’s presence in my life every day since that. However, those who refuse to acknowledge the evidence presented, will not experience his presence. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14.

    Finally Andy, do you really think that if God “appeared” before you that you would believe in him? I don’t think so. Remember Jesus’ story of the rich man and the beggar Lazurus? Both died with the rich man going to hell. As he fears for the rest of his family, the rich man stated: “. . . I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the Pr0phets; let them listen to them.” “No, father Abraham,” he said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Pr0phets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” I can about guarantee you Andy, if God appeared to you personally today, by tomorrow you’d be saying you had blacked out or dreamed the appearance.

    God doesn’t force himself on anyone. He’s given mankind significant and authoritative evidence for his existence. Man’s inclination is to deny him and either make up some sort of god on their own, or to simply deny his existence. Frankly, it sounds to me like you really want a relationship with the Lord but have never been willing to humble yourself completely and acknowledge he exists. That’s not forcing us to jump through a hoop, it’s simply acknowledging that God is the creator and sustainer of everything, and we are not. It’s understanding that he loves us, even though we are very unlovable.

  • Carole says:

    Quoting from the article itself “If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.” I believe because I have seen God’s works and God working. I do know one thing…You don’t have to believe in God, He still believes in you.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Andy—
    I’m so sorry that you aren’t interested in a conversation regarding these things.
    I suggest that the largest and deepest subject one could ever delve into is the study of God the Creator.

    Your inference that anyone who studies the Word dismisses other arguments is solely a matter of your opinion. What’s more, your suggestion that Christians are not part of “reputable institutions” is narrow-minded and untrue. Many of the most learned men and women the world has ever known believed in the God of creation. You might want to Google “List of Christians in Science & Technology”. These men and women spent much of their lives studying the facts of their particular scientific and technological fields, drawn by their interest in what makes these fantastically and wonderfully created things work.

    As a Creationist, the foundations of my truths are found in God’s Word. Your writings highly infer that you are an atheist or agnostic, likely believing in macro-evolution of man from lower species. If that’s the case, you have no basis for knowing “factual truth” from error in the first place, as your beliefs are founded on things that keep changing over time.

    Please know that any Christian reading this post will, unlike your friends in “reputable institutions,” not be chuckling but will be praying you’ll take the time to investigate the validity of the Bible while you can.

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