Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What proof is there of the existence of God?

Since God is not visible to the human eye, there can be no 'direct' proof of Him. However He has provided clues to His existence and nature both in creation and in the human beings He has made. Above all, He has given a perfect revelation of Himself in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Added to these evidences, there is the witness of the Bible, and the testimony of those who have come to know God, as they have believed in His Son.

That we should ask this question is evidence of our human sinfulness and corruption.

The question itself demonstrates human folly and corruption through sin (Psalms 14:1; Psalms 92:6).

It arises from our sinful pride and rebellion (Psalms 10:4).

When people do not want to be convinced of God's existence, He may choose to abandon them to their depraved reason (Romans 1:28).

Their thinking becomes futile and their wisdom foolishness (Romans 1:21-22).

The Bible does not endeavour to answer this question - i.e. to prove God's existence - but it always assumes God's existence.

All the wonders of creation are recognized to be expressions of His power (Psalms 19:1).

All that is good is identified and recognized as coming from Him (James 1:17).

All that is good is identified and recognized as coming from Him

The Bible makes plain that no one has ever seen God the Father: thus visible proof of His existence is not provided for His creatures.

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18).

God is invisible and no one can see Him (1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:16).

Although we may gain a real knowledge of God, that knowledge remains incomplete in this life.

We can never fully comprehend God (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Our knowledge of God in this present life can be only imperfect and partial (1 Corinthians 13:9-10, 1 Corinthians 13:12).

Nevertheless God has provided many impressive indirect proofs of His existence: He has not left Himself without testimony in the world (Acts 14:17).

First, there is the witness of creation.

Reason points to the need of a first cause, i.e. the world could not make itself: the Bible names that First Cause - God (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 100:3; John 1:1, John 1:3; Acts 17:24).

For example, in creation we see thought (Psalms 139:14), forethought and planning (Genesis 2:6), laws (Psalms 19:4-6), and life (Genesis 7:15; 26:12-14). Behind such there must be a Thinker (Genesis 1:3, Genesis 1:31; Isaiah 55:8-9), an overruling Providence (Ephesians 1:11), a Law-Giver (Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12), and a Life-Giver (Acts 17:25).

God has disclosed from the beginning His everlasting power and divine nature in His creation: the eye of reason may clearly discern truths about God's character from the things He has made (Romans 1:18-20).

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of His hands (Psalms 8:1, Psalms 8:3; Psalms 8:19:1; Isaiah 40:25-26; Jeremiah 10:10-13).

In creation, God gives clues to His nature, as in the kindness He shows to His creatures (Acts 14:17; Matthew 5:45).

Secondly, there is the witness of human beings themselves.

The wonder of our bodies points to a Creator (Psalms 139:14).

The idea of God is written on our hearts since we were made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). We possess a natural intuition that there is a God: this is seen in human religiousness, mistaken and polluted as it may become (Acts 17:22-23).

Our consciences witness to a law within us by nature - and where there is law there is a Lawgiver (Romans 2:14-15).

It is the fool who says, 'There is no God' (Psalms 14:1).

The witness of creation forms and makes up what we may describe as 'general revelation', that is to say, facts and understanding given to people to observe everywhere in the world, and from which they may draw logical conclusions as to God's existence. We now come to what we may describe as 'special revelation', that is to say, revelation that could not have come to human beings by their study of nature or by their reason.

Thirdly, and most important of all the witnesses we shall mention, there is the witness of Jesus Christ.

God has revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ His Son (2 Corinthians 4:6).

The Lord Jesus Christ has made the Father known (John 1:18).

He is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15-17).

As God's Son became human and lived here on earth, people saw His glory, the glory that belongs to God alone (John 1:14).

The human Jesus who could be seen, looked upon and felt, was seen to be the Son of God (1 John 1:1-3). The apostles and disciples needed no more proof of God's existence: through the Son they knew the Father (John 14:7)

His miracles bore similar witness to His deity (John 20:30-31).

To have seen Jesus was to have seen the Father (John 14:9).

Fourthly, there is the witness of the Bible.

The Bible claims to be a revelation from the invisible God (2 Timothy 3:16).

The predictions it makes, claiming to come from God, are proved true. The good He promises and the evil He threatens (Romans 1:18), are found to be true in human experience (Isaiah 41:23, 24). God challenges the so-called gods of the heathen to do likewise (Isaiah 41:22-23).

The general revelation provided by creation and our human nature, together with the special revelation provided by the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and the Bible, are further confirmed by the witness of the Church of Jesus Christ and the personal experience of its members.

The confirming witness of the Church of Jesus Christ:

The confirming witness of individual members.

Conclusion.

If people's asking of this question - 'What proof is there of the existence of God?' - is sincere, God will provide the answer in a manner that will leave them in no doubt (Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:8).

What uniquely convinces us of God's existence is our personal experience of God through Jesus Christ by His Spirit (John 20:28; 2 Timothy 1:12).