Justin Brierley has spent the last ten years of his life talking with atheists.
As the host of the wildly popular “Unbelievable?” radio show and podcast, Brierley has spent countless hours interviewing atheists and moderating debates between Christians and skeptics. And yet after hearing every conceivable objection to Christianity, he remains a Christian. Why? In his own words, “I believe there is far more compelling evidence for the existence of God, than against.”
I agree with Justin. About 5 years ago, I really started to pay attention to the objections Atheists and other non-Christians made against my faith. Through the study of Christian Apologetics, I began weighing the arguments from both sides. In the end, I too came to the conclusion that the evidence points to God actually existing. I can confidently say I’m convinced God exists and here are 5 reasons why:
Have you ever looked up at the stars on a clear summer night and wondered things like, where did this all come from? Why are we here? Why does anything exist at all instead of nothing? I know I have.
I was intrigued to learn that philosophers have wrestled with these question for centuries. We intuitively recognize that everything that exists has an explanation as to why it exists, so what about all of reality?
And why do we have conscious minds to consider such questions in the first place? C.S. Lewis once wrote:
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”
I am too skeptical to believe this is all a mere coincidence.
Up until the mid-twentieth century, most scientists believed that the universe had always existed from eternity past. Then, things began to change. Evidence began to mount that the universe and time itself had a beginning a finite time ago in an event that became known as the Big Bang.
This was great news for Christians. If the universe had a beginning, that implies something or someone OUTSIDE of the universe must have caused it to come into being. Sounds an awful lot like God to me.
We all seem to intuitively recognize some kind of binding moral code or law. Whenever we argue about right versus wrong, we appeal to a universal law that goes beyond human opinion. For example, just about everyone would agree that child abuse is wrong or taking care of the sick is good, no matter what religious background they come from. And since all laws require a lawgiver, I think God is the only plausible explanation for such a law.
As our knowledge of the universe grows, so has the realization that life is balanced on a razor’s edge. Our existence depends on the laws of nature and the initial conditions of the universe being fine-tuned to a degree that is beyond comprehension.
Imagine an old radio with a dial that you use to change stations. Move the dial even slightly to the right or to the left and you lose your station. In the same way, if any of the laws of physics were changed just slightly, life would not be possible.
It's not just the underlying physics of the universe that has been fine tuned, but also our galaxy, our solar system, and even our own planet seem fine tuned for life's existence. Astrophysicist Hugh Ross sums it up nicely:
“The ideal place for any kind of life as we know it turns out to be a solar system like ours, within a galaxy like the Milky Way, within a supercluster of galaxies like the Virgo supercluster, within a super-supercluster like the Laniakea super-supercluster. In other words, we happen to live in the best, perhaps the one and only, neighborhood that allows not only for physical life's existence, but also for its enduring survival.”
It is simply beautiful to see how science actually agrees with our faith. Looking at the stars I resonate with the Psalmist who says, “He is the maker of heaven, and earth, the sea, and everything in them - He remains faithful forever!” -Psalm 146:6
The evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was killed by crucifixion, buried in a tomb, and then seen alive a short time later by a number of people from varying backgrounds is exceptionally good. Alternative explanations of the events surrounding Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are weak and don't hold up under scrutiny. But if Jesus’ words were true, he really is God, and he really rose from the dead, that is powerful evidence for the existence of God.
I've just laid out 5 reasons why I believe God exists, but don't just take my word for it! God has given sufficient evidence of himself all throughout his creation so that those who sincerely seek him will find him.
But that's a choice you have to make! One of the most amazing things about God is that He loves you so much that he will not force or coerce you into belief.
The choice is yours, what will it be?
Matt has studied Christian theology, philosophy, and apologetics on his own for several years now. He is passionate about sharing the evidence for the truth of Christianity and answering the objections of today's post-Christian culture. He hopes to someday earn a formal education in ministry and/or apologetics. Matt lives in Wyoming, Michigan with his wife Sara and Son Ezekiel!