I've heard this question time and time again from atheists and non-Chrisitians. They say "if God is real, why can't he step off of his cloud and come down and introduce himself?" Others may ask for more physical proof of his existence.
This reliance on physical evidence comes from the scientific belief that only the material is real. The belief is that only the thing that can be seen with the naked eye or with the help of special tools like microscopes. I always find this funny, because many who believe this claim to be atheists when they are clearly putting their faith in science and its (hopefully) infallibility.
EVIDENCE FOR GOD & JESUS OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE
Take a moment and think about the universe. We know from extensive scientific research that the universe is large and in it are many planets and systems. When you think about the Earth in particular, you know that its location and gravitational pull must stay in balance to maintain life as we know it.
THE UNIVERSE AND ITS LAWS
As I mentioned, the universe is immensely complex, so much so that it seems to operate on pre-defined laws such as the law of gravity and others. Without these, the world would be chaotic.
Cakes have bakers, shirts have tailors, and cars have designers. You wouldn't look at these things and think that they just came into being at once. Instead, you would believe that there was a beginning to these things. A baker took out a recipe, or a tailor or car creator sketched a design.
WRITINGS FROM NON-CHRISTIANS
Many people don't believe the bible, so it can be senseless to try to start out quoting it to them. However, the bible isn't the only set of writings that Jesus appears in. In fact, there is so much evidence of Jesus' existence that hardly no historian for the past several decades has contended that Jesus didn't really live. They do, however, question his divinity.
says that Jesus practiced magic and event confirms what we know from the bible: no one came forward for Jesus, and so he was sent to be hung on the cross.
EVIDENCE FOR GOD & JESUS IN THE BIBLE
SCIENCE FACTS IN THE BIBLE
Unbeknownst to many, the bible actually contains a number of scientific facts that we now hold to be true in modern society. Even back when the bible was first circulated, people held different beliefs based on what they thought they knew and the limitations of science. However, in modern years, we
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” -Isaiah 17:1
The above verse is a good example of a present day prophesy seemingly being fulfilled.
There are thousands more you can find just by searching for a list of fulfilled biblical prophecies. What's more interesting than this, however, is the probability of these things coming true without intervention from God.
If science and math are something you look to for answers, you will find that the probability of Jesus living, being born into the family he was born in, and more is very little, yet it all came true.
I am baffled that you can look at a chart like the one to the right and still say you don't have a shred of evidence that God is real and Christianity is the way to go.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE DOESN'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
Our society has become increasingly scientific. Now more than ever, we look for physical evidence that something is true, and very rarely do we take anything to be fact without physical evidence.
But, the alarming thing about this is, even our justice system doesn't always rely on physical evidence.
One of my favorite books as of late is Cold Case Christianity. The book is by a former atheist who worked cold cases and decided to investigate Jesus and Christianity like he would a case in his department.
One of the things he writes that I will always remember is this: cold cases are largely solved rather accurately via testimony rather than physical evidence.
Physical evidence can be misleading, but if several people can help piece together a story,
the case can be solved rather easily and quickly. If you're an atheist struggling with faith, I recommend reading a book like this. You should be able to click the link in the photo credit to be taken to the page you can purchase the book on at Amazon.com.
This book is full of evidentiary information, even some that I covered in this blog. It also helps you to realize that you have to think fairly across the board and not be prejudice when it comes to thinking about faith and God.
I hope that, after reading this blog, some of your questions have been answered. It is true, at least from what I can see, that God has left us plenty of evidence for His existence. Everything from a perfectly balanced world to fulfilled prophecies about Jesus and the world.
I hope you will continue to investigate for yourself!
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HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
There is a common misconception that there are several ways to get to Heaven when you die. This isn't true. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.
God is a perfect being who designed each and every one of us. He is sinless, good, and perfect. However, after Eve ate that apple, sin was released into the world and, as a result, everyone was born into sin and everyone does wrong. Only those without sin can enter into Heaven. But don't worry, Jesus came down to Earth and paid your sin debt do you could go to Heaven. Jesus is our salvation and offers us a way to Heaven. A way to live with Him forever. Here is what you have to do: