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20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists Discover Why Believing in God Makes So Much Sense

"We've struggled in the past with doubts, too. . . . Frankly, we wanted some evidence."

— Dr. Kenneth D. Boa and Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

1. REALITY

Christianity encourages critical questions, discourages naivete, and offers factual reasons to believe its astounding claims.

A naive person believes everything, but the shrewd person discerns his steps. —Proverbs 14:15

Can we know reality?

2. KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge isn't a mere human construct; we acknowledge truths that must be so . . . even if for some odd reason we did not recognize them.

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. —John 8:32

Why is there something rather than nothing?

3. EXISTENCE

That which begins to exist must have a cause.

God calls into being that which does not exist. —Romans 4:17

If the universe hasn't always existed, what could account for its coming to be?

4. THE UNIVERSE'S BEGINNING

Big bang science has forced even the reluctant to admit one thing—the universe had a beginning.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. —Genesis 1:1

How does life survive in our universe?

5. THE UNIVERSE'S FITNESS FOR LIFE

The odds of the existence of a life-sustaining planet in our hostile universe is infinitesimally small.

He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited. —Isaiah 45:18

Is chance a satisfactory answer for how life came to be?

6. LIFE'S ORIGIN

A nice environment is no guarantee that life will exist.

The Lord stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. —Zechariah 12:1

Can life come from non-life?

7. LIFE'S INTELLIGENT DESIGN

Science has the tools at its disposal to differentiate between undirected natural causes and purposeful actions of an intelligent agent.

My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully formed. —Psalm 139:15

If God made this world, why does it have so many problems?

8. A BROKEN WORLD

Any worldview must adequately address the reality of both good and evil.

The light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. —John 3:19

Is there a philosophy or religion that best explains the condition of humanity and our environment?

9. THE BIBLE'S RELIABILITY

The Bible has far greater manuscript attestation in terms of quantity, quality, and time span than any other ancient documents.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. —Isaiah 40:8

Many books are reliable. Is the Bible also accurate?

10. THE BIBLE'S ACCURACY

Historical and archaeological study dispel the notion of the Bible as mere myth.

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. —2 Peter 1:16

Accurate accounting of the past is expected—what about accurate accounting of the future . . . before it happens?

11. THE BIBLE'S FULFILLED PROPHECY

The Bible contains remarkable predictions of events occurring centuries later.

Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? —Isaiah 45:21

Can the Bible also tell me how to live well in the present?

12. THE BIBLE'S PROFOUND WISDOM

The Bible challenges our prejudices and superstitions and offers foundational truths for moral interaction based on the dignity of all people as image-bearers of the Creator.

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. —Acts 17:26

Can anyone actually live the life the Bible calls us to live?

13. JESUS' LIFE

No one can afford to ignore the most compelling person in history—you owe it to yourself to find out who Jesus really was.

Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12

Many have opinions about Jesus—who did Jesus Himself claim to be?

14. JESUS' CLAIMS

Jesus can't be good, wise, or trustworthy if His claim to be God isn't true.

He was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. —John 5:18

How does the death of Jesus square with His claim to be God?

15. JESUS' DEATH

The historical death of Jesus by the well-attested crucifixion practices of the Romans holds the key to His identity and to the nature and love of God.

Then Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull” (called in Aramaic Golgotha). There they crucified him along with two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a notice written and fastened to the cross, which read: “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the notice was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. —John 19:16–20

What purpose did the death of Jesus accomplish?

16. JESUS' EMPTY TOMB

The empty tomb of Jesus is a cold, hard fact that even early critics couldn't deny.

So she went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” —John 20:2

Why would Jesus' disciples assume that Jesus had risen from the dead?

17. JESUS' RESURRECTION APPEARANCES

Friends and enemies, women and men—by the hundreds—testified to seeing Jesus bodily on earth.

He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive. —1 Corinthians 15:6

What difference does the resurrection make in our lives?

18. THOSE WHO LIVED FOR CHRIST

His followers should exhibit the signs Jesus said would be evidence of the reality of His life to them.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. —Galatians 2:20

At what cost do others serve in the name of Jesus?

19. THOSE WHO DIED FOR CHRIST

The number and manner of Christian martyrs should make us examine their unshakable confidence.

Some faced mockings and scourgings, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned; they were sawn in two; they were put to death with the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them. —Hebrews 11:36–38

Many religions have martyrs—what makes dying for Jesus unique?

20. THE UNIQUENESS OF CHRIST

Truth: The claims and promises of Christ go beyond those of other religions.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." —John 14:6

What will you do with the evidence?

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

—C. S. Lewis, "Is Theology Poetry?"

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