Is God real? Would we not be human if we didn’t ask ourselves this question at some point in our lives? I read an article recently and I thought that it was a simple explanation to help us when we ask ourselves this question.
We know that God is real because He has revealed Himself to us in three ways: in creation, in His Word, and in His Son, Jesus Christ. The most basic proof of God’s existence is simply what He has made. Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” and Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Take the time to slow down and recognize the beauty of what God has created all around you. It takes my breath away many times to look at babies, the sunrise, sunsets, rainbows, flowers, trees, mountains, lakes, and animals to not be able to know that God created these things. Not only has God made an intricate and finely tuned physical world; He has also instilled a sense of eternity in the heart of every person. Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to end.” Mankind has an innate perception that there is more to life than meets the eye, that there is an existence higher than this earthly routine.
God has also revealed Himself to us through His Word, the Bible. Throughout Scripture, the existence of God is treated as a self-evidence fact. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
God also revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. John 14:6-11 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us. Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father? Don’t you believe that I am the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when say that I am the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”
In Jesus’ amazing life, He kept the entire Old Testament law perfectly and fulfilled the prophecies concerning the Messiah. He performed countless acts of compassion and public miracles to authenticate His message and bear witness to His deity. Then, three days after His crucifixion, He rose from the dead, a fact affirmed by hundreds of eyewitnesses.
We realize that there will always be skeptics who have their own ideas concerning God and will read the evidence accordingly. And there will be some whom no amount of proof will convince. It all comes down to faith. Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
There are many reasons I am convinced that God is real, but the best evidence is how He forgave me, changed me and put unexplainable joy in my heart. And I can prove that.