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10 Reasons to Believe in the Existence Of God

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10 Reasons to Believe In The Existence of God

Is there a God? Atheists say no such being exists, yet have no proof. Agnostics merely offer that they cannot know with certainty either way. Is there, however, proof that God is real and that He is alive? This brochure presents careful reasoning to verify not only the reality of God's existence, but the legitimacy of trusting Him.

The Inevitability Of Faith

Everyone believes in something. No one can endure the stress and cares of life without faith in something that cannot ultimately be proven. Atheists cannot prove there is no God. Pantheists cannot prove that everything is God. Pragmatists cannot prove that what will count for them in the future is what works for them now. Nor can agnostics prove that it is impossible to know one way or the other. Faith is unavoidable, even if we choose to believe only in ourselves. What is to be decided is what evidence we think is pertinent, how we are going to interpret that evidence, and who or what we are willing to believe in (Luke 16:16).

The Limitations Of Science

Scientific method is limited to a process defined by that which is measurable and repeatable. By definition, it cannot speak to issues of ultimate origin, meaning, or morality. For such answers, science is dependent on the values and personal beliefs of those who use it. Science, therefore, has great potential for both good and evil. It can be used to make vaccines or poisons, nuclear power plants or nuclear weapons. It can be used to clean up the environment or to pollute it. It can be used to argue for God or against Him. Science by itself offers no moral guidance or values to govern our lives. All science can do is show us how natural law works, while telling us nothing about its origins.

The Problems Of Evolution

Some have assumed that an evolutionary explanation of life would make God unnecessary. This overlooks some problems. Even if we assume that scientists will someday find enough "missing links" to confirm that life appeared and developed gradually over great periods of time, laws of probability would still show the need for a Creator. As a result, many scientists who believe in evolution believe also that the universe in all of its immensity and complexity did not "just happen." Many feel compelled to acknowledge the possibility or even likelihood of an intelligent designer who provided the ingredients for life and set in motion the laws by which it developed.

The Habits Of The Heart

Mankind has been described as incurably religious. In unguarded moments of trouble or surprise, in prayer or in profanity, references to deity persist. Those who would dismiss such thoughts as bad habits or social vices are left with unanswerable questions. Denying the existence of God does not dispel the mysteries of life. Attempts to exclude God from the language of civil life does not eliminate the persistent longing for more than this life has to offer (Ecclesiastes 3:11). There is something about truth, beauty, and love that makes our hearts ache. Even in our anger with a God who would permit injustice and pain, we draw upon a moral conscience to argue that life is not as it ought to be (Romans 2:14-15). Even unwillingly, we are drawn to something that is more rather than less than ourselves.

The Background Of Genesis

On first reading, the opening words of the Bible seem to assume the existence of God. Genesis, however, was written at a point of time in history. Moses wrote, "In the beginning God" after Israel's exodus from Egypt. He wrote after miraculous events that were said to have been witnessed by millions of Jews and Egyptians. From the Exodus to the coming of Messiah, the God of the Bible rests His case on events witnessed in real time and locations. Anyone who doubted the claims could visit real places and people to check out the evidence for themselves.

The Nation Of Israel

Israel is often used as an argument against God. Many find it difficult to believe in a God who would be partial to a "chosen people." Others find it even harder to believe in a God who would not protect His "chosen nation" from the boxcars, gas chambers, and ovens of Auschwitz and Dachau. Yet from the beginning of Old Testament history, Israel's future was prewritten. Together with other prophets, Moses predicted not only Israel's possession of the land but also her unparalleled suffering and dispersion throughout the whole earth, her eventual repentance, and then finally her last-days restoration (Deuteronomy 28-34;  Isaiah 2:1-5Ezekiel 37-38).

The Claims Of Christ

Many who doubt the existence of God have reassured themselves with the thought, "If God wanted us to believe in Him, He would appear to us." According to the Bible, that is what God has done. Writing in the 7th century BC, the prophet Isaiah said that God would give His people a sign. A virgin would bear a son who would be called "God with us" (Isaiah 7:14;  Matthew 1:23). Isaiah said this Son would be called, "Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). The prophet also said that this child would die for His people's sins before seeing His life prolonged and honored by God (Isaiah 53). According to the New Testament, Jesus claimed to be that Messiah. Under the oversight of a Roman governor named Pontius Pilate, He was crucified on charges that He claimed to be the king of Israel and that He had represented Himself as being equal with God (John 5:18).

The Evidence Of Miracles

The reports of the first followers of Jesus agree that He did more than just claim to be the long-awaited Messiah. These witnesses said He won their trust by healing paralytics, walking on water, and then voluntarily dying a painful, undeserved death before rising from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Most compelling was their claim that many witnesses had seen and talked to Christ after finding His tomb empty and before watching Him ascend visibly into the clouds. These witnesses didn't have anything on earth to gain by their claims. They had no hopes of material wealth or power. Many became martyrs, claiming to the end that the long-awaited Messiah of Israel had lived among them, that He had become a sacrifice for sin, and that He had risen from the dead to assure them of His ability to bring them to God.

The Details Of Nature

Some who believe in God do not take His existence seriously. They reason that a God great enough to create the universe would be too big to be concerned about us. Jesus, however, confirmed what the design and detail of the natural world suggest. He showed that God is great enough to care about the smallest details of our lives. He spoke of one who not only knows every move we make but also the motives and thoughts of our heart. Jesus taught that God knows the number of hairs on our head, the concerns of our heart, and even the condition of a fallen sparrow (Psalm 139;  Matthew 6).

The Voice Of Experience

The Bible says that God designs the circumstances of our lives in a way that will prompt us to look for Him (Acts 17:26). For those who do reach out for Him, the Scriptures also say that He is close enough to be found (Acts 17:27). According to the apostle Paul, God is a Spirit in whom "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). The Bible makes it just as clear, however, that we must reach out for God on His terms rather than our own. He promises to be found, not by just anyone but by those who admit their own need and are willing to trust Him rather than themselves.

 

 

Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM
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IhartU
by Gold Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM


Quoting amc103:

Not really. How do you believe that science is true? Because you read what someone is writing and has said, either online, or in an encyclopedia, in other books. Its still just man saying that he did something that proves something else.

Before something is called SCIENTIFIC FACT OR SCIENTIFIC THEORY is it tested numerous times by numerous scientists- not just one man. There is first hand documentation by many sources to back up present day findings.

Not so for many things in the bible. Let's take Jesus for instance. There is absolutely zero reliable evidence that he ever existed. Everything written about him was written after he supposedly lived and most of THAT is hearsay.

Does the bible contain historical fact? Sure, as with all mythology and historical fiction, there are real people, places and events but there is also fictional people, places and events as well. Just because a few things may be real and true, doesn't mean it ALL is.


Did you yourself do the experiments needed to prove a scientific theory? Nope.

Um... even kids do scientific experiments all the time, don't they? If I wanted to do an experiment and draw conclusions, then I can but you can't do the same thing for god because there is nothing there TO test, is there?

Someone else said they did, (in many cases, the MANY people you're talking about, did) and you believe them because you decide to put your faith in that. You have to put your trust in them that they are telling the truth.

Look, I and anyone else that wants to is allowed to recreate an experiment- test a scientific theory (which I believe you need to look up the definition of by the way), analyze the results and come to a conclusion. We are allowed to compare those results to the thousands of other who have done exactly the same tests. There is no faith involved because you can see the proof right there in front of you.

Its the same for people who believe the bible. :-) It all boils down to faith. And my faith rests with the word of God. :-)

Let me ask you a few things. Why do you believe an ancient book of myths from the middle east are true? What makes them different from any other collection of myths out there? What makes the god of Abraham the one true god rather than all the ones that came before him in written text? You'll answer 'faith' no doubt which is nothing more than a safe-haven for the 'religiously indocrtinated' who don't really have a a legitimate answer. Faith means nothing because people have faith in many things that aren't true- just ask those locked up in mental institutions.

Quoting IhartU:


Quoting amc103:

You're totally right....God offers us a gift of eternal life...we have to accept it to get the rewards. This is what I believe. I believe that the bible offers proof of his exinstince. Just like one pp said, "people use the bible to prove the bible" the same could be said for scientists. They use science to prove science. Everyone has faith in something. I dont believe the original poster was trying to convince anyone to anything, but stating her opinion as to why she believes in God. I agree with her, but dont judge anyone who does not. :-)

Um... there is a HUGE difference there. With science, things can be tested over and over by many different people, analyzed and concluded- THAT IS PROOF. Using a book to prove the book is true is like me saying Rhett, Scarlett and Aunt Pittypat really existed because there are SOME historical accuracies in Gone With the Wind.



inspain
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Interesting.  

Using total hogwash to prove utter nonsense.  

How novel.

moosesmom
by Ruby Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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Of course you're not alone! My faith is being tested right now and He's the only reason I'm still standing! ((Hugs))

Quoting amc103:

Im glad IM not alone. There are not many of us, but we're stronger when we stand together! HUGS!

Quoting moosesmom:

The "like"button wasn't enough :-) I couldn't agree more with your replies :-)



Quoting amc103:

For me, eternal life in heaven, by His side sounds like paradise. :-) But I totally accept your opinion and the fact that we're different. :-)

Quoting loveutiltheend:

Eternal life sounds terrible. Especially with a bigoted God.








Quoting amc103:

You're totally right....God offers us a gift of eternal life...we have to accept it to get the rewards. This is what I believe. I believe that the bible offers proof of his exinstince. Just like one pp said, "people use the bible to prove the bible" the same could be said for scientists. They use science to prove science. Everyone has faith in something. I dont believe the original poster was trying to convince anyone to anything, but stating her opinion as to why she believes in God. I agree with her, but dont judge anyone who does not. :-)

Quoting Bellarose0212:


Yeah, that's sort of the problem with the arguments above. You have to already have faith in the authenticity of all the bible's claims for the arguments to convince you of anything.




Quoting amc103:

Very true! ;-) One has to have faith. :-)

Quoting Bellarose0212:


Assuming you believe both the New and Old Testament to be authentic, factual, and unaltered.




Quoting amc103:

Actually, there is a 400 year gap between the old and new testament, often called the silent years. things were prophesized in the old testament that came true in the new.

Quoting LucyMom08:

It always baffles me when people use the bible to 'prove' the bible...







Quoting rachel_35:

Do you actually believe that an athiest is going to read that? And believe it to be true? I just scrolled through and seen all the bible verses it came from. I've read the bible. You pointing out what it says is not going to convince me. Maybe if god himself appeared to me then maybe I would believe. Even then I would commit myself for seeing crazy stuff.



















parentalrights1
by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM
It would be cute if it were some nice little list but as soon as I started reading I realized it was just more arrogant indoctrination and ways for zealots to tell themselves they still believe
amc103
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

First of all, I find it interesting that you're putting so much effort into something you dont believe in. :-) For me, if I come in contact with someone who dosent believe what I do, I accept it and move on. I never came here trying to "prove" that God exists. I dont need to and I dont think the OP'er does either. The title of the post isnt, "10 things that you have to accept" Its 10 reasons to believe in God. I am merely stating that just as people use the bible to prove the bible, scientists use science to prove science. Even with everything you said, that is still the case. Many people (scientists) can do the research, experiments and come up with the same findings that are wrong. They can also back each other up on these findings. You're so quick to say that the bible is myth but not quick enough to think that its possible that people who call themselfs educated, COULD be giving you lies! It is still YOU (who trusts them) accepting the accuracy of their findings. I dont need to "test" for God because I know he's there. You say faith is a safehaven, you're right! Dont you get it? Im proud to feel safe in my faith! It sounds to me like you're the one who doesnt feel safe in yours. (whatever that may be)

Quoting IhartU:


Quoting amc103:

Not really. How do you believe that science is true? Because you read what someone is writing and has said, either online, or in an encyclopedia, in other books. Its still just man saying that he did something that proves something else.

Before something is called SCIENTIFIC FACT OR SCIENTIFIC THEORY is it tested numerous times by numerous scientists- not just one man. There is first hand documentation by many sources to back up present day findings.

Not so for many things in the bible. Let's take Jesus for instance. There is absolutely zero reliable evidence that he ever existed. Everything written about him was written after he supposedly lived and most of THAT is hearsay.

Does the bible contain historical fact? Sure, as with all mythology and historical fiction, there are real people, places and events but there is also fictional people, places and events as well. Just because a few things may be real and true, doesn't mean it ALL is.


Did you yourself do the experiments needed to prove a scientific theory? Nope.

Um... even kids do scientific experiments all the time, don't they? If I wanted to do an experiment and draw conclusions, then I can but you can't do the same thing for god because there is nothing there TO test, is there?

Someone else said they did, (in many cases, the MANY people you're talking about, did) and you believe them because you decide to put your faith in that. You have to put your trust in them that they are telling the truth.

Look, I and anyone else that wants to is allowed to recreate an experiment- test a scientific theory (which I believe you need to look up the definition of by the way), analyze the results and come to a conclusion. We are allowed to compare those results to the thousands of other who have done exactly the same tests. There is no faith involved because you can see the proof right there in front of you.

Its the same for people who believe the bible. :-) It all boils down to faith. And my faith rests with the word of God. :-)

Let me ask you a few things. Why do you believe an ancient book of myths from the middle east are true? What makes them different from any other collection of myths out there? What makes the god of Abraham the one true god rather than all the ones that came before him in written text? You'll answer 'faith' no doubt which is nothing more than a safe-haven for the 'religiously indocrtinated' who don't really have a a legitimate answer. Faith means nothing because people have faith in many things that aren't true- just ask those locked up in mental institutions.

Quoting IhartU:


Quoting amc103:

You're totally right....God offers us a gift of eternal life...we have to accept it to get the rewards. This is what I believe. I believe that the bible offers proof of his exinstince. Just like one pp said, "people use the bible to prove the bible" the same could be said for scientists. They use science to prove science. Everyone has faith in something. I dont believe the original poster was trying to convince anyone to anything, but stating her opinion as to why she believes in God. I agree with her, but dont judge anyone who does not. :-)

Um... there is a HUGE difference there. With science, things can be tested over and over by many different people, analyzed and concluded- THAT IS PROOF. Using a book to prove the book is true is like me saying Rhett, Scarlett and Aunt Pittypat really existed because there are SOME historical accuracies in Gone With the Wind.




p1r4t3cr0pc1rcl
by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Try to explain all of that without The Bible quotes and I might consider it...

Anonymous
by Anonymous 13 on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM
Quoting Anonymous:

If you want to know if God exists, then read the Bible, pray to him,  I feel he lives within me,, 

You are preaching, not discussing.  Do you understand the distinction, or why people feel insulted when you ignore the considered responses they have spent time writing for you?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 19 on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Oh well, you tried. Don't feel bad:/

Anonymous
by Anonymous 20 on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM
Atheists can't prove the lack of existence just as much as Christians can't prove "his" existence.
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by Krissy on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

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