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Is God real or not?
Thank you for this simple and yet very deep question about God. I obviously believe that God is real. It is my job to answer people's questions about God. If there was no God then I would not have a job!
There are different ways that we can see God at work:
When we look at the world around us we believe it is impossible to think that this all happened by accident. Just as if you told me that this laptop I am working on was formed out of an explosion of random atoms. The world was created. You and I were created by God.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made (Romans 1:20)
It is also possible to see God at work in miracles. God is active in people's lives all over the world. I believe that the greatest miracle is salvation. God is saving people from hell by forgiving them their sin through Christ Jesus. Jesus was killed on the cross to take the punishment that I deserve. If someone truly trusts in Jesus' life and death then the miracle of salvation occurs!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16)
It is also possible to see God in mankind who is made in the image of God. We are all made to be like God in some ways. The fact that we know some of the difference between right and wrong shows that God is real. He decides what is right and wrong and we are aware of it.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them (Romans 2:15)
Significantly the Bible does not try to prove God, indeed all the arguments of philosophers to prove God throughout history, whilst helpful, have ultimately failed. The Bible claims to be the direct revelation of God into human history, and is consistent through the Old and New Testaments in its declaration that God is pure and holy and humanity are in rebellion against Him, subject to judgement, but the recipients of His mercy where they will repent and believe.
Thus the question is not whether we can prove God, but are we willing to believe His self revelation, ultimately in the person of the God-man Jesus Christ? The question each person must ask is, 'are my presuppositions preventing belief before I read and weigh up the evidence?' Jesus Christ is the ultimate proof of God. He claimed to be identical with God, and hence the Jewish authorities of his day sought to kill him for blasphemy. This begs the question: could the person who brought such profound teaching as the sermon on the mount also be so completely delusional as to claim complete identity of his person with God unless he was in fact God? As the famous author C.S. Lewis put it in his book, "Mere Christianity",
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
The only way you can decide if there is a God is to read the Bible and assess the claims for yourself. I suggest that you start with the Gospel of Mark, and possibly then John's Gospel which is full of Jesus' claims to be God.
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
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