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What proof is there that God exists, is good, is just, and loves us? One proof is that He says so. Is that Circular logic? Maybe, by our limited human thought processes and standards…but then, who else could qualify as the highest arbiter of truth or proof besides Someone who is outside of space, time, and matter, has unlimited power, and knows everything that will ever be known? “There’s no proof of that, either,” someone says. But what if it’s true? The claim that a lack of observable, empirical evidence is reason enough to reject an idea essentially elevates human logic and our devised scientific method to the highest possible level of authority – but how can we be so sure that just because we don’t fully understand or aren’t able to observe something, it’s not true or doesn’t exist? Even a superficial investigation into quantum physics should be enough to confirm the limits of human mental capacity, and humble even the greatest of human thinkers.
Anything in the natural world that began to exist had a cause. The observations of cause-and-effect underscore the idea that the Universe originated from a single source. This is not just philosophy or speculation – it’s widely accepted in the mainstream scientific community that the entire Universe sprang into existence – from nothing measurable – as a single point of concentrated energy. “All the evidence seems to indicate, that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning,” Says Steven Hawking. Remember, as far as we know, there is no space, time, or matter outside of the known Universe. How, then, did time, space, and matter all come into being at once? By some force or Someone existing outside of time, space, and matter – and I think that sounds a lot like God, the Beginner of all things, who has no beginning and no ending. This is a point at which our human logic fails. Just because we can’t grasp it, though, doesn’t mean it’s not true that there was an ultimate Starting Point to all things.
If the Universe didn’t originate at the hands of an intelligent force, then why is there anything that exists at all, and not just endless nothingness?
It seems that it is even more difficult to believe that there is an infinite string of affecting processes and resulting effects that ultimately have no beginning than to believe that God is the Beginner.
Still, we can barely wrap our minds around the concept of infinity, much less a personal (an intelligent persona) Creator who had no beginning and has no end. One way to explain our awareness is like this: we humans have been placed in a narrow band of reality, where we posses a very thin margin of ability to understand that reality – we can only comprehend so much about the reality that we live in. That, in my opinion, is why concepts like infinity, time, and even quantum particle behavior are so difficult to grasp – because we are living inside the boundaries of those concepts… and experiencing only parts of them as our full reality.
The appearance and return to life of Jesus is the ultimate, timeless, physical proof of God’s claims. His appearance (existence on Earth) is a historically confirmed fact even by sources outside of the Bible. Inside the Bible, countless Old Testament prophecies predicted Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and hundreds of New Testament persons witnessed miracles before his death, and conversed with him after his return to life. The advent of Jesus of the Bible is the ultimate confirmation that God does exists, is good, is just, and does love us.
Even still, we can’t escape the requirement of ‘faith’ – the leap that must be taken when there are still unanswered questions. Believing that our minds may not posses the highest possible intelligence or logic, and taking a very small leap of faith to the conclusion that God is who He says He is, while trusting that He has proven Himself sufficiently to the outside world, and that each of us, as He says, have the innate ability to feel and know what is true and right, we then become open to the possibility of a personalized experience with Him, which is probably the most convincing ‘evidence’ of all.
“For from the first making of the world, those things of God which the eye is unable to see, that is, his eternal power and existence, are fully made clear… so that men have no reason for wrongdoing…but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark.
Seeming to be wise, they were in fact foolish…”
“Let your cry come to me, and I will give you an answer, and let you see great things and secret things of which you had no knowledge.”