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Even though there is remarkable new evidence that God authored the Torah, there have always been persuasive arguments that God must exist for those who are open to the possibility. Unfortunately, some people are committed to a world-view of “naturalism”, the idea that nature is “all there is”, and this new evidence is not likely to change their opinion.
Christianity is a religion which is intended to fully satisfy both the heart and the mind. Contrary to the opinion of some, there is no need for a Christian to “check their brain” when entering the church door. The Bible and the actual facts of science are entirely compatible with each other.
The Bible exhorts us to have a ready answer when people ask why we have faith. These need to be concrete, logical reasons, not just that it “feels right” or because “someone told me so”.
Many of us can see the evidences for God so clearly, and wonder “why doesn’t everyone see this?” We excitedly tell others about God or Jesus, or about the remarkable scientific proof described later, only to be met by rejection. The same thing happened to the apostle Paul. Some were persuaded but others “would not believe”. Was it because the facts presented were incorrect? No. The Holy Spirit long ago described the state of many of the people of that time, and unfortunately nothing has changed. They hear the words being said but it has no influence on them because they don’t want it to.
There are three major evidences for the existence of God that people throughout time have argued from.
It is a scientific fact that every action has a cause. When we extend this idea into the past we realize there must have been a “first cause”. We label this first cause “God”. However, some will say that the universe has always existed, thereby eliminating the need for a first cause.
People have a built-in sense of moral values. Naturalistic evolution has a difficult time explaining why this should be so.
The most common argument used today is the overwhelming evidence of design, function, and purpose in the natural world. The fact that conscience, thinking people even exist would seem to settle the case. To believe that the energy and matter of a “big bang” produced people all on its own requires tremendous faith which is not warranted by the scientific evidence. This fact is so obvious that the Bible never tries to prove that God must exist, for how could it be otherwise?
The fact that nature shows there must be a creator means that no one can be excused for not believing in God. And, knowing that there must be a God obliges us to seek Him out and understand what He expects of us. This at least partially helps explain how people who have never been exposed to the Bible can be held responsible for their decision to lead their life for themselves instead of for God.
The Bible can be trusted as a source of accurate information. The fact that what can be verified scientifically is accurate (such as the people and places mentioned) should indicate to us that the “non-scientific” ethical and moral teachings also must be accurate. It is also obvious that the Bible is unlike any other book ever written, indicating that the driving force behind it must also be unique.
This historical reliability of the Biblical text is far greater than that of other ancient writings. The “Iliad” by Homer has the second best documentation, but it pales in comparison to the support for the Biblical text. Yet people constantly want to question the Biblical text, while accepting other ancient writings at face value. People want to place the Bible in doubt because they don’t like the message, not because there are justifiable reasons for doing so!