Does God Exist? Probably.

Updated on January 21, 2018
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Written by Josh K., a news journalist and writer. He studied theology and biblical research at Biola University in southern California.

Does God exist?

One of the most fundamental beliefs in Christianity is the idea that "God" does, in fact, exist. God is a real thing. He does stuff, He knows things, He feels. Even though we can't see God, that doesn't mean He isn't there.

More than that, theologians say God has always existed and will continue to exist forever; it's something they call God's "Eternality." It might be mind-blowing, but He is without a beginning and without an end.

Christians say God created everything we see and everything we don't see (like the laws of physics, mathematics, the virtues, and even invisible unicorns if they exist). Everything that does exist exists because of God; nothing that exists exists apart from God. Get it? In that way, God is the absolute source of everything.

How do we know God exists?

Throughout the centuries, theologians and philosophers developed many arguments for the existence of God. These include the moral argument, the cosmological argument, and notable teleological arguments.

For example, some teleological arguments reason that because there seems to be self-evident design elements in the universe, that could only point to some sort of creator or grand designer. You look at our own planet, its beauty and complexity, and you might find yourself asking the question: how did all this come to be?

Some Christians argue we know God exists because He has revealed Himself to us in His Word, the Holy Bible. God has, in fact, spoken to us through this book, telling us that He is there and that He wants us to know about Him. Christians say God took this revelation business a step further by becoming a flesh-and-blood human being, a man named Jesus who lived in Palestine in the 1st century.

Lastly, Christians believe God reveals Himself all the time today through the testimony and acts of other Christians, churches, and through religious experiences. In fact, it is through some kind of personal experience that many people find God.

I personally believe it is more probable than improbable that God exists, given what we find in the universe. For me, it's hard to imagine that everything was the result of an accident, or that the universe came about through some cosmic fluke for no ultimate reason at all. I also believe particularly in Christianity because it is unlike any other religion in the world in a number of remarkable ways. We'll get to that next time though.

What is God?

Is God just a giant old man with a white beard looking down from the sky at us? Or is He an impersonal “force” that binds us all together just like in Star Wars?

In answering this question, traditional (or theologically conservative) Christians fall in line with the other two major monotheistic religions, namely Judaism and Islam. God is not an impersonal force, rather He is personal. That means we can think of God much like we think of a human being, to the extent that God thinks, sees, feels, reacts, and has will. God is not a part of the universe or the created realm, rather God transcends all these things, existing separately and independently.

If you think God has a big white beard, you'd be wrong too. In fact, God doesn't have any physical form. He is what theologians call "immaterial." God can be thought of as a spirit or a mind who can be everywhere and somewhere at the same time (what?). You can't see Him, but that doesn't mean He cannot reveal Himself in some form. Christians believe He did just that about 2,000 years ago.

While God shares some of the attributes humans have to some extent (known as "the communicable attributes of God"), God has characteristics that are wholly unlike humans (known as "the incommunicable attributes of God"). These would include things like God's infinite nature, His perfection, His perfect goodness and holiness, etc. God is also all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present; basically all the things you think God would be if God were God (thanks St. Anselm!).

That means we can think of God much like we think of a human being, to the extent that God thinks, sees, feels, reacts, and has will.

Why does any of this matter?

If God does really exist, it means the universe has an objective purpose. It means that your life is actually part of a bigger story. Christians believe God actually cares for every single person on earth, whether they know it or not. In fact, God loves the world so much He actually came down to earth to save humanity from the predicament it is in. If that’s the reality of things, then I think it’s important everyone know about it. In the words of CS Lewis: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” My hope is that by reading my works here, readers can come to a basic understanding of what Christians really believe. It will be my pleasure to help you along.

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      auralmack 3 weeks ago

      RE: "God is not a part of the universe or the created realm." I don't believe that. :)

      If you saw Christ, you saw God in the flesh. God went with Joseph. God walked with Adam in the cool of the evening. I think we are connected by our subconscious, which exists or operates beneath or beyond [us] consciousness, and contains the totality of our mental activities; which we are not even aware of and it does not report to us, necessarily.

      God in an infinite being existing in a state of infinity, or so I think. Now that I googled that, I'm not the first to think that up. In the beginning God was alone. No fun. So God made a place for himself. And God existed with everything, and everything existed with God.

      And in the beginning... and in the first two chapters of Genesis there is no Satan with God, nor upon earth, nor in heaven --Genesis 1:31, God looked back and saw every thing that he had made, and it was very good.

      The origin of Satan, is found in Genesis 3:1, "Now the serpent [that Lying Tongue] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." --more subtle than any beast, which the Lord God had made?

      Eve saw that the fruit with the evil seed was good, it was something pleasant in her sight and she desired to have it, Eve took and did eat, and gave unto Adam and he did eat.

      Where was that lying tongue that deceived both Adam and Eve? So God drove them out of the Garden: Adam, Eve, and for some lying tongue to eat dust and die all the days of it's life.

      And Job 1: 6-2:7, is not what it seems, Satan is not with God in heaven at all. What does it mean to go before the presence of God? From whence came Satan in Job? "And Satan answered the Lord: "From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." with man, as men do. Not quite heaven, yet. And Cain went out of the presence of the Lord, also. Gen. 4:16 And on old self written documents we often find "On this day before the presence of God do we wed." etc. You don't need to fly to heaven to go before the presence of God.

      As for as the Bible Story, here is my take:

      A Short History of Man

      In the beginning man began by hiding and lying to cover-up sin. Then man started killing animals to cover sin. And then man began to kill each other to remove sin.

      And then one day they began killing all the animals off the land. And they poisoned all the waters, and all the creatures in the waters were poisoned. Yet sin remained.

      And they cut, burnt, and destroyed all the trees. And they dug up and cracked open the earth and put poison inside. And they poisoned the atmosphere.

      And then one day all men died off, and were dead. And sin took a rest. That 1000 year thing.

      RIP

      RE: "God is not a part of the universe or the created realm, rather God transcends all these things, existing separately and independently."

      God may be able to transcend all things, but I don't think God exists separately or independently, God rests with his creation, God is life. And our Kingdom Come that John saw comes down from heaven to earth, and God will dwell with us on earth, and man and God will dwell together; not separately and independently: But as One, together as one. or so say's this comment.

      -Thanks for the read.

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