There is a God

One truth that I have proven to myself is that there is a God. As I have said before you can’t really prove anything to anyone else, but each of us can only prove something to ourselves. And this is one thing that I am certain of - there is a God. Of course that doesn’t make me very unique because about 92% of the world’s population believes in a God or a supernatural in some sort of way. It just seems to be a conclusion that is easy to come to if you can look around at all. It seems that built within us is this suspicion if not a growing certainty that there is something else besides what we can see.

Only about about 8% of the world population doesn’t believe in God and I bet if you talked to them, in a moment of insight many, even of them, would admit that they weren’t absolutely certain about their non belief in a God. It really takes a lot of effort and narrow concentration to not believe in a God.

The real question that needs to be asked is not if God exists but “What is God like?”. That’s where the really interesting search and research in this life happens. I like this inviting text from the Bible, “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah29:13) I have found this seeking process to be a very stimulating and rewarding effort.

7 Responses to “There is a God”

  1. Anni Says:

    I’d like to know what other things have led you to prove to yourself that God exists. How do you know? Without using the Bible, what conclusions have you reached?

    Many of my students over time have asked me to prove His existence. I tell them I can no more prove God exists than I can prove they are sitting right in front of me. I see evidence, but it isn’t something I can prove to them without a doubt.

    Isn’t that what faith is for? Why are people so afraid to believe in something they can’t prove when the only thing man has ever been able to conclusively prove is his own existance (I think, therefore I am is the only proof without holes from a philosophical standpoint)? And we can’t even prove our own existance to anyone but ourselves!

    I always tell my students that cynics are the unhappiest people on the planet. They can sit back in their mental superiority and pride themselves on not being like sheep. . .but at the end of the day the have nothing that will fight for them, nothing that will love them. . .only cold, clammy disbelief. Who wants that? :)

  2. Owen Says:

    One thing I think of that convinces me that there is a God is the existence of “beauty” and the love we have for it, and the desire we have to create it. Where does that come from if not from God? If you think about it beauty and our love for of it is not a so much a scientific or pragmatic thing as it is a spiritual thing.
    Think of what it does to your soul to see a beautiful rose with the sun glistening in the dew drops on it. Then whiff it’s aroma, and feel it’s softness. What does it do to you? It sooths, it calms, you feel satisfaction and hope that life can be good if we just have more of it. The love of beauty is a love of that which is good and right. The love of beauty is a moral thing a moral value that seems to be on our hard drive. Where do such values come from if not from God?

  3. Owen Says:

    Another thing that comes to my mind as an evidence of God is the phenomena of conscience. Isn’t it an amazing thing that even from a young age children have a sense of right. And that sense is fairly accurate. Where would that come from if not from a Creator. If conscience has come as a result of the idea of survival of the fittest why is it that conscience would lead someone to give their life for someone else. (Which by the way is a very conscientious thing to do.) Why would someone take something back that they had successfully stolen if they didn’t have a conscience.

  4. Anni Says:

    Interesting points. Both, of course, will be disputed by the cynics, but they dispute everything. Like I said, they’re worse off than almost anyone else at the end of the day. . .lonely, self-righteous, and devoid of any system of beliefs which gives them meaning and purpose.

    Interesting thought: we derive our purpose FROM our system of beliefs, not the other way around. Grand design? Perhaps He was thinking that we would continue to search until we found Him only if we didn’t have a feeling of purpose until we met Him. Otherwise, why search?

    Isn’t that proof enough? That every person on this planet will question the cosmos and try to find meaning. If we were just an accidental evolution, then wouldn’t we be content to just BE, like the animals? I guess that goes hand-in-hand with consciousness.

  5. Owen Says:

    Yes you are right Anni. That is a really good point. What is it that drives humanity to look for something bigger than ourselves, and be part of something bigger than ourselves. Why is it that within each of us there is this drive to look for a meaning in life that is beyond us. I believe it is because God has placed this searching mechanism within us so we will search for Him. That gives us three things now, the existence of beauty, conscience, and this desire to look for some purpose bigger than ourselves.

  6. Jean Says:

    These are great comments. Let me add another “proof” — the complex intricacies found in creation, especially in the human body. One needs only to study one part of the body (kidney or eye, for example) to understand and believe that God, creator of all things, exists. A great website for kids to understand this concept is http://www.kids4truth.com/watchmaker.html

  7. Ralph Says:

    Good stuff! I especially relate to the “desire to look for some purpose bigger than ourselves.” What purpose could be bigger than to bring glory to God and have a personal relationship with Him?

    This is not anything man could ever invent. All of man’s inventions are designed to benefit and improve himself. Only something (someone) “bigger” than ourselves could make it possible for us to look outside of ourselves.

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