What do you think is the best proof of God’s existence (Romans 1:20)?
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Nothing will prove God’s existence.
“Nothing” is the answer when someone doesn’t want to believe. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”
Everything will prove God’s existence.
“Everything” is the answer when someone does want to believe. The apostle Paul said we have no excuse for not believing, “since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation” (Romans 1:20).
Seeing is not always believing.
Many people saw Jesus’ miracles, yet didn’t believe. After Jesus was crucified and buried, more than 500 people at one time saw him alive, yet those eyewitnesses were not enough to convince everyone that he had risen from the dead.
We can believe whatever we want. It doesn’t have to be true. To believe a lie, all we have to do is reject all evidence that conflicts with what we want to believe.
Thomas, who wouldn’t accept the word of eyewitnesses, heard Jesus say, “Blessed are those who have not seen me, yet believe” (John 20:29).
The best proof is what we already know.
When an atheist quits lying to himself, he has to say, “If God isn’t real, why am I so motivated to argue that he isn’t real?” The truth is, he already knows but doesn’t want to admit it. After choosing to believe, he will say, “I always knew.”
A song by David says, “Only a fool would say in his heart, There is no God (Psalm 14:1). Someone who honestly doesn’t know would be called ignorant or uninformed, but that’s not the definition of a fool. When someone knows the truth but denies it, he’s a fool.
People don’t like being called fools.
Most people will defend the lies they believe when told they are wrong, which explains why that approach seldom ever works. If they don’t respect Scripture, quoting truth from the Bible won’t help either.
In proving God’s existence, what works best?
Do what the apostle Paul did on Mars Hill when he spoke to the Athenians. Instead of saying their gods weren’t real, he took advantage of their belief in an unknown God. He quoted their own truth that pointed to God’s existence, saying, “He is not far from any one of us. In him we live and move and have our being, as your own poet Epimenides has said, for we are his children” (Acts 17:27–28).