Proof that God Exists

There are many external arguments for the existence of God.  Some point to the fact that our universe is in motion and that that begs the question of who put it into motion?  Some point to the intricacy of design in things like DNA and see that it points to an intelligent designer.  There are teleological arguments, cosmological arguments, moral arguments, and on and on it goes.  All of these are helpful on some level, but I want to look at what I’m going to call ‘internal arguments’ for the existence of God.  In other words, those things that go bump in the night; the things inside even the surest skeptics heart and head that just cannot be swept away.

The first internal proof for the existence of God is that we all are born with an internal sense of right and wrong.  For instance, most of us will agree that murder is wrong.  Maybe in extreme circumstances it can be justified like in certain self defense scenarios or in war, but in general, the taking of human life, we can agree, is wrong.  Things like child abuse, sexual abuse, or animal cruelty seem to be other instances where we see this internal sense of right and wrong coming through in all of us.  It isn’t something that is geographical, that is, folks in Brazil know it’s wrong just the same as those in Siberia or Uganda know these things are wrong.  It’s not something that is merely culturally conditioned either; Japanese culture views child abuse the same as Indian culture does…that it’s wrong.  So where did these moral senses come from?  The answer is that we were all born as moral creatures.  God has endowed us with an internal sense of right and wrong.  We don’t have to look any further than Genesis 1 to see that God created a moral universe because God is a moral God.  He declares what is right and good, not us.  So, it is imperative of us that we seek to learn his standards and to strive to keep them.

Secondly, I would argue that everyone who has ever lived has an inner desire to love and to be loved.  Even from our earliest days we seek to be loved by our mothers and fathers.  This is part of the reason why those Save the Children ads are so hard to view on our televisions.  We see an impoverished child who isn’t being loved well and we desire to show love to him/her.  We have an innate desire to show love.  This is why most of us succumb to the pressure to be at home with family during the holiday season.  And this is the ultimate reason why we do what we do with our lives.  University students are encouraged to “do what you love to do” when it comes to career choices.  Little children are encouraged to love their parents and siblings.  And when they’re old enough, they seek to fall in love and be married.  One of the saddest things I’ve experienced in recent memory was talking to an old lady at my church who had been married for over 70 years to the same man.  Her husband had died earlier this year and with tearful eyes she told me how, “it just wasn’t the same without him here,” and that she felt, “incomplete,” now that he was gone.  Why is it that love is such a powerful thing?  And why is it that we all desire it, pursue after it, and seek to show it?  Because we creatures created to be loved ourselves.

In Hosea 11:1-4, the prophet uses a very moving analogy in speaking about God’s love for his people.  Hosea compares God to a loving father teaching his child to walk.  He says,

“1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,

and out of Egypt I called my son.

2 The more they were called,

the more they went away;

they kept sacrificing to the Baals

and burning offerings to idols.

3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;

I took them up by their arms,

but they did not know that I healed them.

4 I led them with cords of kindness,

with the bands of love…”

Looking at just these few verses, we see the perfect answers to both internal longings in our hearts and minds.  We desire justice in this world of ours, and we desire love.  God provides both of these things, and he gives them perfectly.  God not only gives us his law (right and wrong, defined and applied), but he gives us his love to boot.  Both are summed up perfectly in the life and death of God’s only son.

Jesus last words on the cross were, “it is finished”.  He said this because it was his life’s work to keep God’s moral law and to keep it perfectly.  He succeeded!  So, by embracing Jesus by faith, you are claiming a righteousness that is not your own.  So, when you stand before God in judgement, it’s Christ’s righteousness that you claim and not your own.  You no longer have to try and be good in order to earn God’s favor, and you no longer have to fear that all the wrongs that you’ve committed will keep you from God.  Jesus has done it all!

In the same way, Christ’s death on the cross proves his great love for you.  John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  Jesus proves his love for you in doing this for you in the most inhumane death anyone could have ever died.  You look to the cross and you know that you are loved beyond measure.  And it’s this love then that redefines how we are loved and how we show love to others.

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