I had the best idea of an intro statement which had an incredible story behind it for this blog. I heard it first in my teenage years dramatically recanted in a sermon. The story broke me down into tears. It dramatically illustrated a point that, quite frankly, fit perfectly into the point of my blogpost.
Seeing as how it has been well over ten years since I was introduced to this impactful statement, I felt it necessary to research the details behind what I was about to share. My hopes that it would be the straightforward, passionate story I heard in my youth crashed instantly upon my Google search. Not only did each link seem to have a conflicting story, most were from personal blogs or similar. Clearly, I’m not against a blog, but I would have preferred to have a Wikipedia page or similar on it either blogs that backed up the accuracy of the story. But I had no such luck.
I concluded I could not share the statement backed with a dramatic story as the intro to this very blog. At least, I could not do so with integrity. There wasn’t even cohesive evidence to prove that one story was more correct than the other. In deeper research, there was no firm evidence that the story itself that produced such an impactful quote that shaped my early teen years was even true at all.
Why do I share this recant of an intro that never will happen? Simple. This story does not have a firm enough backing to prove it’s validity. Some choose to blindly believe it because it too was told to them in a tragically dramatized way. But they’ve never bothered to seek out any evidence that is convincing of the truth behind it. Similarly, many people conclude that Christians are believing in God the way people believe in this story. They heard a pretty tale of a sovereign Lord and they choose to blindly believe in him. They don’t have evidence for this one true God because, like my Google search, hard facts simply aren’t there and what is there is merely the opinions and rants of fanatic idiots.
But God and His story is nothing like the dramatized story I heard in my youth. He can be proven. There are hard facts. The people who proclaim him are not insane cult leaders.
I won’t pretend to have all or even most of the evidence for you. This is far too deep of a subject for one small blog post and I’m fairly new in my study of apologetics. Likely, there wouldn’t be enough pages in a book or updates we could do to it as we learn more to write about God and the evidence we have for him.
Yet, I do hope to explain three main points that have impacted me in my personal quest for truth and an eyes wide open type of faith. I believe we see evidence for God in nature, prophets, and experiences.
It has been said we can see God in the book of the Bible and the book of nature. As for the Bible, we will touch on that briefly in the next section and further in depth in another blogpost. The book of nature would be just as it sounds: the earth and the life in it.
While many think God and science cannot go together, I want you to think about a few things. The earth is the exact distance from the sun to sustain life. Any closer and we would burn up; any further and we would freeze. The sun is the perfect star for earth. It’s not to bight that it would scorch the earth nor too big that it would throw it off rotation. The moon is at the perfect distance to keep the earth in it’s place and everything in balance. We have an atmosphere that is perfect for not only us, but animals and plants to survive and thrive.
Think about our own bodies. We each have our own unique DNA which carries genetic instructions for development, function, growth, and reproduction. If unwound and tied together the DNA in only one human cell would stretch about 2 meters long, and all the DNA in all your cells would be about twice the diameter of the solar system, or approximately 574,920,000,000 kilometers.
Many like to argue that this all happened by chance. But I believe it takes more faith to believe in an accidental big bang than to belive that was a “Big Banger” behind the creation of a perfect earth. I believe you’re more blindly believing a story you like when believing in Darwinian evolution than to believe that man, in all his complexity was created by God himself.
No, God did not stamp on the moon, “This is God. I am real. Belive in me.” But he has left evidence for himself in other ways. While I haven’t scratched the surface of seeing God in the book of nature, I believe if you’re to be a good Christian, or even a good atheist, you will dive deep, unbiased, into the evidence of nature. The many different ways God signs his authorship in this world may just surprise you.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
False prophets have never ceased to exist. Throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament, true prophets and apostles warn of false ones then and yet to come. If you’ve seen a YouTube video with the tag word “prophecy” yet it’s a video of someone making outrageous claims that you know to be false, you’ve probably stumbled upon a false prophet.
With all these false guys out in the world, what makes one believe that the prophets and apostles of the Bible are actually true and accurate recorders on the living, breathing word of God?
Besides the Jews taking their Judaism so seriously as to not let false teaching in and the early church being strict in accepting the gospels and letters as canonical, we are given in the Bible a test to see if the words uttered or written by another are true and adequately represent God himself. “But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die. But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but the prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.” Deuteronomy 18:20-22
From this we conclude that two things must be present for a prophet to be true therefore being an accurate representation of God and his words: a prophet must come in the name of God and their prophecies must come true.
Through rigorous study of their words held up against events, Bible scholars have determined the words of the many authors of the Bible to withstand this test placed on them by God himself. Therefore, we can conclude that the words written for us years ago accurately reflect God, his works, and his character.
There’s so much more to prove the validity of the Bible. Exhaustive books are written on it. But this is a simple, straightforward test those without theological degrees can do with a little time and reading. I encourage you to not only dive into the book of nature, but also dive into the Bible to see God for yourself.
Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
1 Peter 1:19-21
A personal experience or conviction is not necessarily an argument to persuade another person to faith. You may retell your testimony accurately, but they cannot go through what you’ve gone through nor feel what you do. While truth is general, experience is personal. Experience cannot be the sole tool we use as evidence for the validity of God.
Yet, a personal experience is not to be thrown aside as trash. God is a personal deity and touches his people in authentic and unique ways. It is absolutely pivotal in one’s own commitment to Christ.
The apostles wouldn’t die for Christ if they hadn’t had a personal experience with him. Pastors wouldn’t take a lower paying job than they could get elsewhere if God hadn’t worked in them personally. And I wouldn’t try hard to honor my husband though I don’t feel like it, go to church when I’m tired, or spend so many precious hours writing if God had not personally impacted me to do so.
That sweeping moment when you realized that the world didn’t just happen or you experienced grace for the first time or you first felt unconditionally loved by the Father, all that, matters. God designed us with emotion to feel things passionately and thoughts to realize things critically. The Holy Spirit guides us with conviction. Your experience with Truth is just as much evidence for God as is nature and the Bible. I believe when you study the books of nature and the Bible, you will see rationally the evidence for God but your personal experience with him will be what takes ration into a relationship with him.
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
There is so much more evidence for the existence of God than I captured here in this blogpost. I encourage you to research for yourself the evidence. A few of the many good books to read for further research are Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, PhD, A Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, and The Story of Reality by Gregory Koukl. If you have any further questions or challenges, I would love to answer them as well to the best of my ability.
The point I wish to make in this blog post is that with enough deductive reasoning and evidence, we can conclude that there is a God who is a sovereign Creator and Ruler over all. As Christians, we aren’t thrust into a blind faith that if it were to be challenged would end much like my Google search of the story mentioned in the intro. With an open mind and dedication to research, we will not be left with conflicting stories that lead us to believe the story may have never even happened at all. No, God did not autograph the moon with his name and a command for us to believe in him. Rather, his autograph is in small and great things in many other ways: the wind that blows, the sun that shines, the cells that make up a human body, the convictions we hold. We can live in awe with eyes wide open to see his cohesive story and evidence in every aspect of life.