How do we know God is real? This is a question that everyone, Christians and non-Christians, find themselves pondering at some point in their lives, possibly even throughout their lives. In the Christian circles I grew up in, this was a point that was rarely, if ever, made. It simply wasn’t something to be questioned. Quietly however, we all find ourselves asking this question at some point whether openly, or privately. Continue reading “How Do We Know God is Real?”
How do we know God is real? This is a question that everyone, Christians and non-Christians, find themselves pondering at some point in their lives, possibly even throughout their lives. In the Christian circles I grew up in, this was a point that was rarely, if ever, made. It simply wasn’t something to be questioned. Quietly however, we all find ourselves asking this question at some point whether openly, or privately.
Scientific Proof that God Exists
In today’s world of information, there is a wealth of available writing for anyone to look up to research scientific proof on the existence of God. Moreover, with all this information available at our fingertips, we have also found ourselves with a wealth of false information out there as well. Contradicting information of all sorts on many topics can quickly be found on the world wide web of so-called “facts”. So with all this information available, some true, some not so much, is there any real scientific proof that God exists? We’re back to that original question; How do we know God is real?
Instead of focusing on what science has facts to prove, let’s focus on what science has NOT proven. Some may say that science has proven the non-existence of God in the same way that Christians have not proven the existence of God. I adamantly disagree. Even Charles Darwin, the father of the ideas of evolution is quoted as saying, “In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God”.
Scientists are famous for the “Big Bang Theory”. That theory that everything was created from one enormous explosion billions of years ago which put everything we know, and a lot we do not know, into motion. But ask scientists this one single question associated with the Big Bang Theory; what caused the “Big Bang explosion”? Something had to of come together from nothing, to form that perfect scientific chemical combination to cause the explosion itself. Moreover, where did those materials come from that would have had to come together to cause the explosion? These questions of the Big Bang Theory have scientists stumped to this day.
Look around you. At a macro level, note the trees, animals, rain, clouds, the perfect seasonal circulation of the seasons themselves. At a micro level, note, for example, the human eye. The eye can distinguish among seven million colors. It has automatic focusing and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages — simultaneously (Hugh Davson, Physiology of the Eye, 5th ed (New York: McGraw Hill, 1991). While, for example, evolution speaks of the mutating change of beings over time due to their ever-changing environments, the evolutionary theory fails to detail the root cause, the very origination of the source of the eye. What about human understanding? What allows we as humans to have an inherent understanding of right and wrong, mathematical equations, science, etc.? What causes the precise and perfect balance of conditions to come together at just the right time, at just the right place, year after year, to cause rain to fall on the areas we predominantly grow our crops at? The list goes on and on of what science has NOT proven, vs. what science HAS proven.
Open Your Eyes – He’s Right In Front of You
How do we know that God is real? Open your eyes. In the macro and micro examples above, God is showing himself right in front of you. God is showing himself every second of every minute of every hour of every day to all of us. We just have to open our eyes, but more importantly, our minds.
- The atmosphere of our earth which enables us to live is made up of approximately 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.9% argon, and 0.03% carbon dioxide. Yet, have any of you seen these amazing gasses personally? Do you question the existence of these gases simply because you cannot see them?
- When you get in your car and turn on the radio, what happens? Sound comes out via radio waves transmitted from the station of your choosing. Have you ever seen those radio waves? Of course not, but because they come through your radio, do you question their existence?
- Have you ever received a sunburn from too much sun exposure? Most of us have at some point. We’re told by “scientists” that sunburns are caused by overexposure to the suns ultraviolet rays. Have you ever seen those UV rays? Maybe sunscreen is just a hoax………
- What about gravity. Gravity gives us weight, pulls things towards the earths center, it keeps us in place here on earth. But can you see, feel, touch, smell or hear it? Not at all. So how do we know it exists?
Is it Worth Gambling?
We long for proof, facts, tangible data that proves our points yet in the wandering persons eyes, because God himself isn’t standing right in front of us where we can make out the details of his face, hair color, skin tone and voice, we question his very existence. Just because we cannot see God as a person, does not equate to His non-existence.
Romans 1:20 states, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse“.
We have two choices in this life which determine our future once we leave this earth in death, believe, or not believe. While the average age of humans here on earth is around 76 years, the eternity of the afterlife is just that,,,,,eternal. Is the gamble of eternity worth ignoring the facts that surround the very existence of God Himself every day? Of course not.
While this article approaches a fine line that we must be careful of in the realms of questioning the existence of God himself, the point is to simply state out loud what many question daily and provide a sound basis to keep the questioning Christian grounded in our faith while bringing the non-Christian one step closer to acceptance of Christ.
Gambling with eternity isn’t game worth playing. Not only is there proof all around us of the very existence of God Himself, God Himself is with us each and every day. He longs for us to come to him and accept his son Jesus Christ as our savior. As John 3:16 states, “For God so lovedA)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137A”> the world that he gaveB)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137B”> his one and only Son,C)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137C”> that whoever believesD)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26137D”> in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. Ready to take that next step and stop gambling? Pray the following prayer below and start living and stop guessing.
“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
All too often we hear stories of supposed “Christians” who have “fallen from the faith” and have been caught in scandals that are completely contradictory to the Bible itself. These stories propagate from the famous television pastors who are broadcast worldwide all the way down to our very own husbands, wives and even children.
For the non-Christians and especially for those on the edge of becoming a Christian, this is just one more reason they have that keeps them from moving forward. It leaves them with the obvious question, Why are Christians so hypocritical? They preach one thing and then the next thing we know, they’re getting caught doing the very things they’ve been preaching against!! Why are Christians so judgmental against the very things they get caught doing?
There is actually a very good reason for this that I believe is all too often under-preached by pastors throughout Christianity. Don’t get me wrong, the question is valid and in no way am I justifying the wrongs of these individuals. But I do think it is important that we all learn from the mistakes of other as Christians and non-Christians. Continue reading “Why are Christians so Hypocritical? When Christians Let their Guard Down.”
Perhaps one of the most important characteristics God placed within us as humans is fear. That’s right, good old-fashioned fear, being “scared” of something. Fear comes in many different forms and levels, but fear can be as much a good thing as it is a bad thing.
Fear and Christianity go hand in hand. Even with respect to the Bible and Christianity, fear has a good side and an ugly side. I’m sure while reading this you may be asking, “how in the world can fear be a good thing”. Keep reading and I’ll explain. Continue reading “Fear and Christianity – The Good and Bad”
Have you ever made a decision, big or small, that you were unsure about only to find later it was the wrong decision? Maybe it was the wrong choice for dinner, the wrong shirt to wear, the wrong meeting to miss, or maybe even the wrong turn to make on the way home. Maybe it was something bigger, something that you knew was wrong, but you did it anyway.
Why do people make bad decisions? We see it everywhere and we see it in ourselves. Whether the decision is big or small, we all make mistakes and we all, for some reason, KEEP making bad decisions. Continue reading “Why Do People Make Bad Decisions – Who is leading You?”
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have gone through hard times. You know, times when it seems as though everything and everyone is against you. You can’t seem to do anything right, you can’t get anything done, bad things and bad luck just haunt you, and frustration is a constant.
During these “ruts” in our lives, it seems we need one of those famous “Dummies” books titled, “How to Trust God in Difficult Times” for Dummies. Actually, it’s a lot easier than even that………… Continue reading “How to Trust in God in Difficult Times – Always look to Him”
At some point in all of our lives we find ourselves needing directions. Maybe it is simple directions to guide us to a geographical location we are trying to find, or maybe it is advice, guidance to get us through a tough situation in life.
Either way because we are all human, at some point we will find ourselves needing the guidance from someone or something we feel confident in their ability to actually help us through our predicament and get us from point A (our current situation) to point B (where we wish to be). The Bible is a guide for us all and will help us in, through, and out of ANY situation. Continue reading “The Bible is a Guide – It is THE Guide”
Quite often, life will throw us curve balls and sucker punches coming out of nowhere. There we are, right in the middle of a situation that is already not the best, and out of nowhere someone or something takes us ten steps backwards placing us in a worse situation than we were before.
Frustrated, in these situations, we ask ourselves why? Why me? What did I do to deserve THIS? For those of us who are already Christians, these are times that can try our faith. If you’re not already a Christian, you find yourself asking why trust in a God who doesn’t seem to be helping? Continue reading “God and Giving Up – Biblical Words of Encouragement”
Turn on the television or radio today and you’ll likely, very quickly, find a controversial topic being protested by either a group of “offended” people or some news reporter in the media. But is it really all that controversial?
Controversial biblical topics seem to be all over the news with people from all walks of life, races and churches giving “their opinion”. For Christians, this is our opportunity to shine and rightfully guide people to the direction ALREADY GIVEN by God himself.
For those seeking direction and not quite a believing Christian just yet, open your mind and heart and keep reading. Continue reading “Controversial Biblical Topics – But Why?”
A recurring theme or statement frequently heard in church and seen in Christian literature is “talk to God”, or “listen to God”. What does this mean? It’s not like we walk up on burning bushes every day and hear a voice coming from it telling us how to live our lives. If we did, would we even hang around to listen to a talking bush??? Probably not. Does God talk to people? God does in fact speak to us, very clearly in fact. You just have to listen.Continue reading “Does God Talk to People? Yes, YOU!”