Tackling the Big Questions: Does God Exist?

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

Romans 1:20

Look around you.

What do you see?

I see my guitar, the vessel of my deepest feelings, hanging on the wall. I see my shelf full of books, treasure troves of knowledge waiting to be discovered. I see the trees waving in the light autumn breeze just outside my window.

I see a beautiful, broken world full of chaos and color; I see a masterpiece painted on a universal canvas. From where I’m sitting, it seems pretty clear that the world around me is a piece of art; and behind it all, there stands a master artist.

Yet it is only natural for us as humans to question what we see and search for the truth behind our experiences; and so it is that each and every one of us has inevitably asked the question, “Where did it all come from?” Every man, woman, and child that has ever lived on this earth has been plagued by this question. Is there a God? Where is He? What is He like?

Renowned pastor and theologian A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God, is the most important thing about us.” A person’s understanding of of the character of God is the most fundamental part of who they are. Yet in today’s world, the very existence of God is frequently called into question. Thus, before anything else, the first and most important question for each and every human being to answer is whether or not there is, in fact, a God.

Today, I have chosen to undertake the massive task of making a clear, concise, and understandable case for the existence of God. As this is a huge area of study, this post will likely be very long- I suspect the longest I’ve ever written for this blog. It’s broken down into various sections, which should make it more manageable. Obviously, there’s no need for you to read this monster of a post all at once. Take your time, and really consider the arguments and ideas contained within. I pray that this post will help believers understand better the foundation of what they believe, and help those who are still searching for truth to discover the God who is calling for them to find Him.

Can We Prove God?

The first question we have to address is pretty simple: is it possible to prove, or disprove, the existence of God? What can we actually know about the supernatural? What solid evidence can be found for arguing about metaphysical ideas and realities? It’s vital to have realistic expectations in regard to what we can and cannot know about spiritual things.

First, we need to recognize that we cannot prove the existence of God absolutely. Neither can anyone disprove His existence. We can only know about God what He chooses to reveal about Himself. In Lewis Carroll’s famed Alice in Wonderland, when Alice goes looking for the Cheshire Cat, she is repeatedly frustrated in her search. The cat can appear and disappear at will; unless he chooses to become visible, Alice can never find him. In the same way, human pursuits of knowledge about God cannot bear any fruit unless God chooses to show Himself to us.

Fortunately, God has chosen to reveal Himself to us, in many different ways. We can learn much about God through science, philosophy, theology, history, and personal experience. However, despite all this, we can never objectively prove that God exists. The search for evidence of the existence or nonexistence of God has been a constant pursuit for humankind throughout our history; countless arguments have been put forth, and will continue to be debated as long as there are people who are willing to seek out truth. Considering this issue is vital for every person; it shapes the nature of reality in fundamental ways, and has massive implications for the life of every individual. However, it would be highly unrealistic to approach the issue with the assumption that we can find absolute proof. The very nature of the question eludes a perfect answer.

God is, by nature, supernatural (beyond nature). He exists outside of the natural order, and is not bound by natural laws. Pursuing knowledge about God is a question not of physical understanding, but of metaphysical reality. By contrast, we exist as part of the natural realm. We gain knowledge through our senses and through logical inference and deduction. Our sciences can tell us only of the workings of the natural world. Bringing reason to bear on raw sensory input, we can discern certain things about the nature of reality, and to a limited extent, the nature of the metaphysical. However, we can never know with certainty the workings of reality beyond the natural plane. We just don’t have the experience to provide us with data or the capacity to properly analyze that data.

However, it would be wrong to fall into the opposite extreme and assume we cannot know anything about God. If God exists, He must by definition be intimately involved in the natural world. As Creator and Sustainer of our reality, His presence would be clearly visible. By examining a painting, one can infer certain things about the artist whose hand held the brush and whose imagination gave birth to the piece. In the same way, we can search for the fingerprints of a Creator on His creation.

From all this, we can reasonably conclude that while we cannot definitively prove (or disprove) the existence of God, we can gain plentiful clues that point toward his existence or nonexistence, and can gain enough information to make a highly reasonable judgment. We cannot and should not expect absolute proof, but we should weigh all of the facts and evidence that we can find.

Regardless of whether you believe in God or not, there is an inherent element of faith involved. Because we cannot definitively prove either position, one must make a leap of faith to reach whatever conclusion they come to. The question is simply which leap of faith is the most reasonable based on the evidence that does exist. Ultimately, as a Christian, I believe it is this leap of faith that demonstrates my committment to my Creator; but it is not a blind leap into the dark. On the contrary, it is leap out of the darkness and into the light; it is taking off the blinders and viewing reality the way it truly is. But what has led me to this conclusion? With this context in mind, let’s take a look at some of the key arguments for the existence of God.

Beginnings: The Argument from Cosmology

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

The first question we all ask that leads us to the issue of the existence of God is a pretty obvious and simple one. As we are abruptly dropped into this world to figure things out for ourselves, we inevitably must all ask that most basic of questions: where did it all come from?

The question of beginnings- an area of study known formally as “cosmology”- is often the place where people begin to have thoughts of God. As such, for we who are searching for evidence of His existence, it is a good place to begin (excuse the pun).

When it comes to the beginning of the universe, there are really only a few possibilities to consider. Let’s take a quick look at these.

Possibility A: Eternal Universe

The first possibility we need to consider is that the universe never had a beginning. What if it has simply always existed? This idea can seem tempting, because it eliminates any need to consider how the universe came to be. We don’t need to wonder whether or not there’s a creator if the universe was never created! Unfortunately, though I’m listing it as a “possibility,” this idea really carries no weight when we really consider it. Virtually no modern scientists or philosophers entertain the idea that the natural universe has always existed. In fact, throughout all of history, this idea has always been incredibly rare. Why? Simply because it doesn’t make sense. The natural universe contains natural time. Eternity is nice as a concept, and could hypothetically exist beyond the natural plane. But realistically, the idea of infinite time cannot exist within the natural world; only potentially outside of it. As such, the natural world cannot be infinite; that idea conflicts with itself internally. In addition, there is ample evidence that the universe had a beginning. For example, the expansion of the cosmos strongly suggests that at some point in the distant past, the universe “exploded” into the shape we say today. Naturalistic scientists refer to this event as the “Big Bang;” but regardless of your position on the existence of God, nature strongly suggests that had a point of origin sometime in the past, and has not existed forever. Whether the “Big Bang” was a natural event or a supernatural act of creation is a different question, to be answered later; but either way, the universe had a beginning. Possibility A does not hold up.

Possibility B: Something Out of Nothing

Assuming, then, that the universe had a beginning, we must consider how it began. There are numerous possible answers to this question, but they can be generally boiled down to a few basic categories. The first is that the universe simply came to be out of nothing. This is the purest form of naturalism- the idea that nothing exists beyond the natural world. In order to hold this view, one must either assume that the universe had no beginning (which, as we’ve seen, simply doesn’t work), or that the universe began from nothing. Matter and energy simply exploded into existence from nothing. The trouble with this argument is pretty obvious, though: it makes absolutely no sense. Everything we know about reality tells us that something cannot come from nothing. Nothing cannot cause or create anything. If at any point there was nothing, then there would still be nothing, because nothing cannot create anything. This is the crux of the most basic principle of causality: every effect must have a cause. If the universe began, something external must have caused that beginning. The idea that nothing gave birth to everything is completely absurd, and to believe this one must completely abandon all logic, evidence, and experience and take a completely blind leap into the darkness. In addition, even if something could come from nothing, the universe we live in is far too organized and complex to have been born out of a complete void. It seems clear that Possibility B is much too far-fetched to consider believable.

Possibility C: Nonconscious Supernatural Cause

The next possibility is a departure from naturalism, but not yet a leap into theism. What if there is some supernatural reality- something that exists outside the natural realm- that caused the beginning of our universe? What if some unseen force or event taking place in a different plane of existence sent our universe spinning into existence? This is not an argument for a god or other intelligent supernatural agent; it’s simply an argument for some reality beyond our own. This possibility can seem tempting, as it doesn’t require the existence of an intelligent creator, but avoids the logical and scientific absurdities of possibilities A and B. However, this argument has little going for it, either. For one thing, the universe we live in is incredibly orderly and intricate; how could unintelligent, random supernatural events give rise to such a clearly ordered reality? The complexity of our world belies the idea that it could have been the result of random supernatural happenstance. In addition, acceptance of Possibility C only pushes the problem of beginning elsewhere, rather than solving it. If our universe was caused by some other, supernatural reality, where did that reality come from? How did it begin? There is far too much order, design, and information in our universe, and any hypothetical universe that could have given birth to ours, to have all arisen from random chance. Somewhere along the line, there must have been intelligence and intentionality. This leads us to our final major possibility.

Possibility D: Intelligent Supernatural Design

Rejecting belief in the other three possibilities, only one major idea remains. What if there exists a supernatural, conscious being or beings, who have the ability to think and act intelligently, but exist outside of the natural universe? What if our world was put together intelligently and intentionally by conscious supernatural agents? This is the idea of intelligent design, and of all the possibilities, it is the most consistent by far with what we know and observe about reality. It explains why the universe appears to have had a beginning. It doesn’t attempt to circumvent reason and claim that everything arose from nothing. It explains why the universe appears to be so meticulously and carefully designed. Simply put, it lines up with the data. Literature’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, always spoke of the importance of “twisting theories to fit facts,” instead of twisting facts to fit theories. The fact is, the universe around us appears by all signs to have had a beginning. It appears to be orderly, and complex, and intricately designed. It appears to be purposeful and intentional. The only possibility that truly lines up with all of these criteria is that the world came into existence through the actions of an intelligent, supernatural designer. While this is far from proving the existence of the Christian God, it is definitely a strong argument in His favor. Regardless of all other arguments, cosmology makes it pretty clear that, as far as beginnings are concerned, theism is the clear winner. The question of beginnings provides strong evidence for the existence of God.

But it’s not enough to merely make the argument. If it is to carry any weight, I also have to defend it. Despite the clear logic and common sense of the cosmological argument, it is often rejected by scientists. Though it sounds absurd to any thinking person, the idea that the universe created itself from nothing is extremely prevalent among scientists and the “academic elite.” “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” argues theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Because Hawking and others hold this view, many people allow themselves to blindly follow the “educated” people, believing that they aren’t qualified to think for themselves. But this is nothing more than a tragic lie that far too many people have accepted. We are a society that claims to believe in equality, but when it comes to the realm of academic and scientific ideas, this ideal is far from reality.

Instead of promoting equality, we are all taught that big questions are only for the highly intelligent and educated, and that we “common people” aren’t qualified to have an opinion. We must blindly follow the Ph.D.’s and ignore common sense. Sure, when we examine the evidence, it seems pretty clear that the universe must have some external cause or creator. But because the smart scientists don’t think so, we shut off our own brains and simply absord the messages we’re sent. This is a heartbreaking reality, but it has completely invaded the modern way of thinking.

However, I’m here to tell you that this is nothing but a lie. You have an incredible, beautiful, complex mind. You aren’t some blind sheep that can do nothing but follow the whims and ideas of others. You are perfectly equipped and qualified to think for yourself. Even reading this post, you shouldn’t blindly accept my ideas. You should consider them, weigh their merit, and come to your own conclusions. All your life you’ve been fed the lie that you aren’t smart enough to understand comlicated things like the existence of God and the origin of the universe. But no matter what they tell you, the fact is this: no amount of advanced astrophysics or quantum mechanics can keep two and two from being four. No number of upper level degrees can render logic false, and no academic prestige can nullify common sense. We should be thankful for those who pursue higher levels of learning, but we should not fear them or blindly follow them. Their existence does not make your ideas worthless, and don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise.

A Logical Universe: The Argument from Teleology

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

At the beginning of this post, I asked you to look around you. I don’t mean just a quick glance; I wanted you to really look. Far too often we look without really seeing, and miss out on the crazy, beautiful, intense reality we’re living in. If we’re to pursue the deeper meaning behind our world, and seek to pull back the curtain to catch a glimpse of what lies beyond our own experience, we first need to look closely at what we see every day.

What is the universe like? It’s massive and intricate and beautiful. It’s infinitely complex and infinitesimally detailed. The world we live in is not ruled by chaos and random chance. Each and every detail is perfectly arranged and ordered for a specific purpose. Each and every cell within a system, and every component within each cell, is programmed with highly specified information that allows it to perform a particular task. The inviolable laws that govern all of nature- gravity, causality, noncontradiction, and countless others- are absolute principles that rule without exception. The motions of the celestial bodies that enable life on earth are arranged perfectly to sustain our world. The universe is completely saturated in order and design.

Have you ever opened the hood and seen the inner workings of a car? The detailed mechanics that allow an automobile to function properly are extremely specific and carefully designed. Nobody sees a car and believes that it came into existence as the result of random chance. A car functions with clear design, and design demands a designer. Whether Ford or Chevy, BMW or Mercedes, every car has a designer and builder.

In the same way, the universe itself is fantastically detailed and complex, and every component serves a highly specific purpose. The universe is unimaginably more complex than a car; how could any sane person believe that it had absolutely no design or designer? How could one look at the universe around us and honestly believe that it simply exploded into being with completely perfect design? It has often been said that a million monkeys banging on a million type writers for a million years might one day type the complete text of Hamlet. Yet as theologian Peter Kreeft pointed out, nobody, when they read Hamlet, thinks that it came about as the result of monkeys with typewriters. The concept that design demands a designer is written into the basic understanding of every human being that has ever lived. Nobody sees a machine, or a painting, or a novel, and thinks that it was produced by random chance. Such a notion is completely absurd, and we all know that to be true. Why, then, would we make one slight exception to this rule- namely, the universe and everything in it? If it is so fundamentally clear that design demands a designer, why would anyone choose to believe that all of the natural world was brought into existence without a supernatural designer? Such a notion completely violates common sense and everything we know about human experience and the universe we live in. This position simply cannot hold up. The only reason anyone would choose to embrace such a clearly illogical ideology is because they refuse to consider, even for a moment, the existence of God. Untainted by bias, the evidence on its own speaks volumes.The nature of the world we live in, and its highly intricate and complex nature, is powerful evidence for the existence of God.

In today’s world, it is common for people to argue against the teleological argument by claiming that the universe only appears to have been designed, when in actuality, it is merely the result of random chance. The renowned atheist Richard Dawkins says in his acclaimed work The Blind Watchmaker, “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” Even Dawkins, perhaps the most anti-Christian and anti-theist scientist and writer alive today, admits that when we take the evidence at face value, it suggests strongly that it has been designed. Yet despite this, Dawkins goes to to argue that we must not accept the evidence for what it is, but rather, through twisting the facts and misinterpreting the data, we should make the evidence fit some alternative viewpoint in order to avoid belief in God.

Does this sound like good science to you? Do you believe that an intellectually honest researcher, when coming to a conclusion he doesn’t favor, should perform some intellectual and scientific gymnastics to make the facts fit his preferred theory? Absolutely not. Yet this is exactly what the scientific community so often does. The reason it seems that most of the major scientists and other intellectuals of our time reject theism is not because theism is logically or scientifically unfounded; in fact, quite the opposite is true. Rather, it is because most of today’s scientists of today’s scientists are operating in a framework of “methodological naturalism.” These are big words, but essentially, the scientific community at large has decided that, because science cannot test things that go beyond the natural world, they will refuse to consider any supernatural explanations for anything. There’s nothing inherently wrong with scientists choosing not to make scientific conclusions about areas that science can’t really test. However, it is wrong for scientists to speak as if they have “disproved” a possibility that they have instead simply ignored. Yet that’s exactly what has happened.

The general sense that all the “smart people” have rejected theism is not because it has been disproven, but rather, because it has been excluded from the equation all together. Recognizing that the universe clearly points to a designer is not foolish; in fact, even the smartest of scientists admit that. They simply choose to ignore the possibility of God; but if we are to be open minded in our pursuit of truth, we must not exclude any possibility from the outset, and when we open our eyes, the design of our universe clearly points to a Creator.

Bare Necessities: The Argument from Contingency

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)

We’ve seen pretty convincing arguments for God regarding the beginning of the universe and the design that we see in that universe. But if God does exist, He must be involved not only in the creation of our world, but also in sustaining it. This next argument considers the reality that God is necessary not only to bring our universe into being, but also to ensure its continued existence. Be warned, this argument delves into some heavier metaphyical ideas, so if you find yourself getting a little dizzy, there’s a summary at the end. If you’d like more information or a clearer explanation, feel free to contact me.

First, we need to acknowledge one basic fact about our universe: it dies. The universe is composed of temporary parts, all of which eventually wither away. Stars burn out, galaxies collapse, and life gives way to death. Everything in this world ends. This tells us that nothing in our universe needs to exist; things can exist, but they will all inevitably reach the end of their time. Our universe is built of things that are “contingent.” Merriam-Webster defines contingent as “depending on something else that might or might not happen.” Life depends on a number of very specific criteria in order to exist. Without these things happening, life will not occur. Thus, life is contingent. In fact, our whole universe is contingent. There is nothing in our world that will always remain exactly as it is, unequivocally, for all of eternity. Everything passes away. We live in a universe that can exist, but it does not need to exist; at some point in the past, it did not exist, and presumably, it will cease to exist at some point in the future.

However, if our universe is contingent, that leaves us with somewhat of a dilemma in regards to establishing its origins. If the universe’s exists “depends on something else that might or might not happen,” we are left with a major question: what is that something else? A contingent universe- a temporary universe that cannot exist completely on its own- must rely on something external in order to exist. In addition, this external thing must not be a contingent thing itself. If the universe depended on something else contingent, then that something else would rely on another something else, and that pattern would never be solved. Somewhere, at the end of the chain of contingent things, there must exist some entity that is “necessary.” A necessary entity does not depend on anything for its existence; it did not begin to exist, and will not cease to exist. It exists in and of itself. What kind of entity could fit this description? God could, of course.

This is a lot of complicated words and convoluted concepts. But at the heart of it, it’s a simple concept. So here’s the summary of the idea.

TL;DR:

Our world dies. It is not eternal, and it cannot continue to exist on its own. Something must sustain it. In order for our universe to exist continually, there must be something outside of our decaying world that sustains it. Everything in our world is dependent on other things for sustenance and preservation. In the same way, the universe itself cannot merely spin along on its own. It needs support from something that cannot die, that cannot decay, and that does not rely on anything external for its continued existence. The universe needs a supernatural sustainer. The universe needs God.

Right and Wrong: The Argument from Morality

“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires… They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts.” (Romans 2:14-15)

Many arguments for the existence of God can be made by observing the nature of the universe, including the arguments from cosmology, teleology, and contingency that I have made so far. But we can find even more evidence of God’s existence and presence in the world by looking inward. When we consider human nature, and basic moral concepts of right and wrong, we can find much evidence for a supernatural moral lawgiver. This next argument for God is based not on what we see without, but on what we see when we look within our own hearts.

Before I go into my argument, I’d like to share some of the words of a much wiser writer than I, and one of my greatest writing inspirations: C.S. Lewis. The following is an excerpt from his book, Mere Christianity.

“Every one has heard people quarelling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from the kinds of things they say. ‘How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?’ – ‘That’s my seat, I was there first.’ – ‘Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm.’ – ‘Come on, you promised.’

Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man’s behaviour does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behaviour whch he expects the other man to know about… it looks, in fact, like both parties had in mind some kind of Law or Rule of fair play or decent behaviour or morality or whatever you like to call it, about which they really agreed. And they have… There would be no sense in trying to show [that the other man is in the wrong] unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are.”

In this passage, Lewis strikes at one of the most basic facts about human nature: we all have an internal sense of Right and Wrong. Every person, no matter where they were born or how they were raised, possesses some idea of how people ought to behave. Yet when we look at the people around us, and honestly assess our own behavior, it quickly becomes apparent that nobody really lives up that standard. Where do we get this idea that there is some universally accepted way that people should act, when nobody actually acts that way?

This is the heart of the argument from morality. Though some have tried to dispute it, it really cannot be denied that every person has some innate sense of how they ought to behave. We twist this law, we break it, and we make excuses for ourselves. But through it all, the internal awareness of this standard never goes away. We know when we have done wrong; our consciences prick us when we violate the standard of morality, and our hearts become glad when we know that we have done some kindness. There is some moral law written on the hearts of us all.

Just as the universe begs the question of its origins, this moral law forces us to ask the obvious question: where does this universal standard come from?

Numerous possibilities have been proposed. Perhaps moral standards are a product of simple biological necessity. Perhaps it is written into our DNA to behave a certain way, in order to preserve the well-being of our species. But this argument has numerous flaws. For one thing, our internal sense of morality does not always call us to act in ways that are ultimately beneficial to the preservation of the human race. When a healthy young person in the prime of their youth risks their life to save someone feeble or disabled, they are not benefitting, but in fact harming the “well-being” of our species. From a perspective of cold logic, many of the demands of our consciences don’t make sense. But nobody would deny that it is right for us to protect and care for the weak among us, rather than give them up to ensure “survival of the fittest.”

In addition, if the moral standard was a biological trait, people would follow that standard by nature. But perhaps the most fascinating thing about our sense of morality is that we generally break it more often than we follow it. Human beings tend to act on selfishness and corrupt motives, and hardly a day goes by that aren’t bombarded with constant reminders that people tend toward evil. The news is filled with heartbreaking stories that never let us forget that mankind is corrupt. If morality was a biological, genetically ingrained trait, then we would by and large follow that trait. Instances of people breaking that moral code would be few and far between, and be very much the exception rather than the rule. But that simply doesn’t fit what we see around us.

Others have proposed that morality is merely a product of social conditioning. We are raised to follow certain standards, and those standards become a deeply ingrained part of our culture. Proponents of this view point out that some elements of moral codes can vary in different parts of the world, and use this as evidence of their position. But this idea doesn’t hold up either. If morality was simply the result of social mores, it would be a highly subjective concept. There would be no reason for people to automatically appeal to that standard as the universal arbiter of right and wrong. Every subsection of society would have vastly different standards of what good and evil look like. But this is not what we see when we observe how moral law plays out in the real world. While there may be slight cultural variations, by and large, the moral law is consistent throughout every society and culture. Though it plays out differently and is enforced in different ways depending on the culture and time period, the underlying principles remain constant. This is no mere social standard. People are hard-wired with a deep understanding of good and evil, right and wrong. This moral law transcends biological or social explanation. It is something else, something deeper.

Morality is not a chemical reaction or a cultural mood. It’s a spiritual reality. For a principle to be written on the heart of each and every person who has ever lived, regardless of nature and nurture, it must come from outside of the natural world. The moral law must be supernatural. A supernatural, transcendent moral law must find its origin in a supernatural, transcendent moral law-giver; a being that most would call God. No other explanation for the moral law can satisfy the facts. God alone provides a logical and consistent explanation for this phenomena. So we find that by examining the nature of humankind, we cannot help but find our way back to God once again.

Live and Learn: The Argument from Christian Experience

There is one final argument that I’d like to address in this post. There are countless other issues I could bring up, and hundreds of books could be (and have been) filled with discussion of this topic. But to protect your sanity, and keep this post a summary, this will be the last one I’ll examine here. Unlike the other arguments presented here, this one focuses not on an objective, but rather on a subjective, experience.

There can be no denying that Christianity has had massive influence on the world. What began as a tight-knit crew of 12 disciples exploded almost overnight into a movement that changed the world forever. Jesus’s birth literally split our calendar in two, and His legacy is undeniable, regardless of what you believe about God. No, Christians have not been perfect. The church has made plenty of mistakes in the past, and has frequently failed to live up to its calling of love and reconciliation. However, despite its many flaws, the Christian Church has always been filled with countless men and women whose lives have been completely changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Walk into any church, and you’ll hear stories of people from every walk of life. Former drud lords, prostitutes, and thieves fill the pews every Sunday. As a Christian, I have heard countless tales of lives that have been turned completely upside down by Jesus. The power of the Christian message to revolutionize an individual’s life is undeniable. The personal Christian experience of millions of men and women is a testament to the truth of the Christian gospel and the existence of the Christian God. Is it absolute proof? No. But from where I’m standing, it seems pretty clear that there’s something supernatural going on in the lives of these people. I know that I would not be the young man I am today if it weren’t for my relationship with Jesus. Jesus changes lives, and the evidence is clearly seen in the lives that have been changed. We can argue philosophy, science, and religion all day long. But you cannot argue with the man who came out of prison and devoted his life to caring for the poor after an encounter with Christ. You cannot argue with the woman who turned away from selling herself on the street and instead lived a life sold out for the name of Jesus. We’re all flawed, we’re all broken, and we’re all far from perfect. But despite all our scars, Christians are a testament to Christ.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, folks. 6000 words later, you’ve made it to the end of the longest post I’ve ever written for this blog. It’s taken me a week to write. But it has taken me my lifetime so far to find these things out for myself. I pray that my words will help you on your own journey. But reading this post is no substitute for finding God yourself. My hope is that my writing will point you in the right direction. Ultimately, God is calling for you to return to Him. He loves you, His beloved child, and wants nothing more than to show you His love and what it has cost Him. As you go through your own day-to-day life, remember these truths, and remember that I am praying for you. Don’t ever let the world sell you short on an unsatisfactory answer to these questions. Don’t ever give up digging for truth and seeking out wisdom. The question of who God is is the biggest question you will ever wrestle with, and your answer is the most important thing about you.

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Further Reading:

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller

Know Why You Believe, by Paul Little

Argument From Design, by Peter Kreeft. http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/design.htm

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