Prove God's Existence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
- Monday, October 30, 2006
The following is a report on the practical applications of Frank Harber's upcoming book, Prove It!: Answering Life’s Most Important Question, (B & H Publishing Group, 2006).
Of all the questions people will ever consider, the most important one by far is whether or not God exists. You can make an eternal difference in their lives by helping them consider the evidence. While it’s not possible for human beings to absolutely prove anything, it is possible to build a case for God’s existence that would hold up to the legal standard – proving it beyond a reasonable doubt.
Here’s how you can prove God’s existence beyond a reasonable doubt:
* Explain how innate desires point to God. Point out that all humans have innate desires (natural desires experienced by everyone who has ever lived), such as to breathe, sleep, eat, acquire knowledge, socialize with other people, and experience beauty. Mention that there is a way for people to fulfill every innate desire they have. For example, if you want to sleep, you can easily satisfy that need. Realize that, since every innate desire compares to a real object, the innate desire that all people have to live forever must correspond to something that will fulfill that desire. Explain how the desire for eternity can motivate people to look beyond the temporary circumstances of this world and discover God, who enables those who trust in Him to live forever.
* Explain how conscience whispers His presence. Discuss how a sense of right and wrong (a conscience) is hardwired into all human beings. Recognize that the conscience has to come from somewhere. Understand that just as computers can’t program themselves but must be directed by programmers, people must be guided by something greater than themselves. Talk about how the conscience can’t reliably come from nature, the individual, or society. Explain how that points to a moral God who created the conscience to protect us and help us grow by affirming us when we do well and alarming us when we do something wrong.
* Explain how God’s existence is a matter of common consent. Show that, throughout history, the majority of the world’s population has maintained a belief in God’s existence. Seriously consider whether it’s possible that so many people in all times and places could have been wrong; realize that delusion on such an enormous scale is untenable. Point out that it makes the most sense to conclude that humans are hardwired to believe in God.
* Explain how cosmology show’s God’s handiwork. Talk about scientific evidence that shows how the universe was designed by an all-powerful, all-intelligent being. Discuss how science has confirmed biblical facts about the universe, such as how it is expanding and finite. Consider clues that demonstrate how the universe was not just designed, but also designed to actually benefit humankind by a being who has good intentions toward people. Point out how the cosmos displays the glory of the One who designed it.
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