Do you think God is real?
Or is he a product of centuries of built-up mythology? Or perhaps a talisman that fearful or unsophisticated people grab onto when they can’t deal with the fears and pressures of life?
In the last STEPS Journey Blog article, we talked about how all of us have a worldview that shapes how we think about life and influences the choices we make along the way.
And that we each have a responsibility to search for the truth about life.
We will continue our search for truth with another question: How can we know God is real?
Most people who believe in God do not reach that conclusion through an intellectual exercise. Faith normally doesn’t work that way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t move toward God through a study of the facts as well.
How Can We Know God Is Real?
Both science and logic support the existence of God. As you continue your search for truth, here are a few facts that should help you along the way:
The “Big Bang” is a scientific principle that proves the universe was created at one incredible moment in time. This principle is commonly accepted by virtually all scientists today. Prior to the Big Bang there was nothing, so there had to be a force, an Intelligent Designer, to make it happen. We know this intelligent designer as God.
The universe runs in an extremely specific manner making Earth suitable for life. The fundamental laws of physics have precise numerical values that together make life possible, as demonstrated by our planet’s gravity, the mass of the sun, the expansion rate of the universe, and many other factors. This fine-tuning of the universe by God was in order to establish Earth as a hospitable place for us to live.
Major scientific developments in the last few decades have helped describe God in a way that aligns with the Bible. As discussed, scientific evidence shows there was a Creator that brought into being in one moment our universe. Therefore, God must be timeless and all-powerful. God precisely designed everything about the universe and Earth so that life could flourish on this one planet. This shows we have a caring God who has gone to vastly elaborate detail so we could have an ideal environment in which to live.
One has simply to look around to see evidence of God everywhere. God makes his presence easily known to anyone willing to look for him. Think about the starry heavens at night; the vastness of the ocean; a breath-taking sunset; the thousands upon thousands of plants and animals; the wide variety of billions of members of the human race, each with their own intellect and feelings; the miracle of a new baby’s birth. The incredible complexity, variety, and beauty of our universe shout the existence of a loving God.
If you believe the Bible is true, you must believe in God. The Bible contains the story of God, so all evidence for the Bible also supports the existence and attributes of God. In fact, we have a detailed description of what God is like and how he cares for us.
You just know. Many of you believed in God long before you started reading this book. You have felt God in your heart, and you know God is real and that he is the truth.
A Search for Truth
This blog series is addressing questions we all must face as we search for truth about how life works. The last article discussed: “Is the Bible true?” Now, with this question about whether God is real, you have been presented with some foundational elements of a spiritual worldview.
It can be liberating to discover we can use our minds as well as our hearts to think about God.
But now that you have been presented with this information, you must make a choice: do you accept these facts as truth or, if not, what truth do you choose to accept?
Either way, the answer can change your life.
Question: Do you believe God is real?
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