Proof God Exists
How can we prove that God exists? Is that even possible? God is a spirit. We cannot see, touch, or feel Him with our physical senses. God created the universe. We can see His works in the world around us. We use science to explore this world. But science cannot find Him. Science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God.
Why? Because God is a metaphysical being. The word metaphysical was used first by Aristotle. It means above or beyond the physical. God is above and beyond our physical world. The Bible agrees with this. According to the Bible, God says:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8-9, NAS)
How can we prove the existence of God? Science cannot do this. Can philosophy? What is the difference between science and philosophy?
Philosophy and Science
Philosophy and science are similar in many ways. For example, neither one is a world-view. A world-view answers the basic questions of life. Remember? Questions such as: Who am I? Why do I exist? Is there a God? Christianity is a world-view. Atheism also is a world-view.
Philosophy and science are methods. They help us analyze the world. They discipline us to explore aspects of the world in a way that is organized.
Science and philosophy use reason to discover laws. They construct theories from these laws. And both search for truth. Science looks for truth in the physical world. Philosophy seeks truth in the metaphysical world. They lead us to ask important questions. They help us find answers.
But how can philosophy examine the metaphysical world? That world is spirit. We think of it as a world of mists and shadows. Our physical senses are useless when we try to examine that world. What tools can we use? We use tools of the mind.
During the Twentieth Century people considered philosophy as a realm of opinions. They believed philosophers to be people who made stuff up. For this reason, many people considered their own opinions as equal to those of any philosopher. This is not true. Yes, some philosophers use their positions to play games with the truth. However, competent, professional philosophers use tools and follow laws in a serious, sober search for metaphysical truth.
Logic is one of these basic tools of philosophy. Laws of the mind such as the law of non-contradiction also help. Reason and logic are used to develop complex ideas such as infinity and eternity. These ideas are not opinions. They are the product of careful, logical, rational, disciplined thought.
Metaphysics is more than mists and shadows. The metaphysical world contains absolutes. For example, God exists: yes or no? This question deals with an absolute. Either God exists or He does not. There is no middle ground. There is no room for opinion. Which is truth? Which is a lie? Philosophers use logic and reason to establish the existence of God.
Philosophy Can Prove God Exists? Really?
Did you ever hear this before? Can philosophy prove God exists? I never heard about this in church. The Bible does not use this kind of proof. According to the Bible, God exists. That’s it. His existence is undeniable. Only a fool doubts that God exists. For example, Proverbs 1: 7 says, “Start with GOD—the first step in learning is bowing down to GOD; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning (from the Bible paraphrase The Message).
These proofs did not develop in some back corner. They are well known and well established. One of the first proofs came from Plato. Another came from Aristotle. These two men were really smart. Did they believe in God? Oh, yes! Aristotle developed a proof for God based on pure logic. He used reason to prove that God exists.
This was amazing to me! No one told me the existence of God can be proven by logic and reason. Why wasn’t I told? What happened to these proofs? Why did they disappear from our society?
Sabotaged by Atheism
Atheists and skeptics dominated our society during the Twentieth Century. America was filled with atheists, scoffers, and doubters. Our secular culture was not “God friendly.”
These people disrespected God. Belief in God was old fashioned, they said. It’s not scientific. “Of course,” they would say, “some people still go to church. That’s what people do to feel good about themselves. They go to church. But no educated, intelligent person really believes that stuff.”
Atheists believe is as good as the truth if it serves your purpose. They derailed science and tried to control philosophy. “Belief in God,” they screamed, “is not logical.” They shrieked, “Religion is based on empty faith and silly emotions.” And since our society seems drawn to the loudest voice, we forsook religion and followed a lie.
Atheists do not believe in God. But they don’t stop there. They only believe in materialism. They do not accept the existence of anything beyond the physical. Atheists do not believe in any absolutes. They do not believe there is a metaphysical realm.
When they reject God they destroy so many other things. They do not believe in transcendent qualities. There is no truth. Love is only a biological need. Love is nature’s way of tricking us into reproduction. How empty. How ugly. Beauty is meaningless. Justice is opinion. Goodness is foolishness.
If there is no God, our world has no meaning. We live dark, empty lives. Then we die. When we die, we cease to exist. A world without God is so depressing.
There is no morality. The world becomes very cruel. Why would anyone choose to believe in their world? I don’t know. It’s illogical to choose atheism. It’s totally irrational.
Voltaire knew the evil of a world without God. Voltaire believed in God but he was not a Christian. Living in France in the 1700s, he saw the destructive power of atheism. Voltaire once said, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.” Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer. Voltaire believed in God. He knew our need for God. Civilization cannot continue in a world of atheism.
How very fortunate we are. We do not need to invent a god. Philosophy can prove that God exists!
Philosophy’s Proof Is Only the Beginning
Philosophy’s proofs are only the beginning. There is one big problem with them. They cannot tell us anything about God’s personal qualities. Philosophy can prove there is a God. Logic proves God is eternal and infinite. He is all powerful. Philosophy tells us He exists but not much more.
Atheists are the first to point this out. They say, “You think you proved God exists?” (we did) “Well, that’s not enough. Your proof says nothing about God. It does not prove the existence of the Christian God.” The atheist is right. Proving the Christian God is the work of revelation. It is a task for the Bible, theologians, and God’s Church.
But look at what these philosophy provides. It gives us proof for the existence of God. God is the only firm foundation for our lives and world-view. On this foundation we can define absolutes, develop moral values, and discern transcendent qualities.
Philosophy’s proofs cannot tell us very much about the God of the Bible. Does God love us? Does He even know that we exist? Those questions are answered by biblical revelation. However, philosophy does prove God exists. These proofs are strong. Only a foolish person would study these proofs and not believe in God.
I invite you to consider the philosophical proofs for God. They establish the fact that God must exist. They establish that it is illogical and irrational to deny the existence of God.