How do I know that God is real?


By BibleAsk Team

The question of whether God is real is a profound one that intertwines faith, reason, and experience. Many individuals seek confirmation of God’s existence through various means, including exploring creation, delving into sacred texts like the Bible, contemplating the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and hearing the testimony of others. In this essay, we’ll delve into each of these avenues, examining how they contribute to the understanding and affirmation of God’s reality, drawing upon references from the Bible.

Creation as a Testimony of God’s Existence

The natural world, with its intricate design, staggering complexity, and awe-inspiring beauty, has long been regarded as a testament to the existence of a Creator. The apostle Paul affirms this in his letter to the Romans, stating, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20, NKJV).

From the vast expanse of the cosmos to the microscopic intricacies of DNA, the universe reflects order and purpose, suggesting an intelligent designer behind it all. The Psalmist echoes this sentiment, declaring, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV).

Moreover, the beauty and diversity of life on Earth, from majestic mountains to delicate flowers, from soaring eagles to microscopic organisms, bear witness to the creativity and care of a divine Creator. As Jesus Himself pointed out, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:28-29, NKJV).

Through the lens of creation, individuals often find themselves drawn into contemplation and reverence, sensing a transcendent presence beyond the material world. This encounter with the natural world can serve as a catalyst for spiritual awakening and the recognition of God’s reality.

Further, the Creator placed a yearning in the hearts of His intelligent creatures to connect with Him (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and He has also written His moral laws (don’t kill, lie, steal…etc.) in their minds.

Scripture as Divine Revelation

For millions of believers, the Bible serves as the authoritative and inspired word of God, providing insights into His nature, will, and purposes. The apostle Paul writes to Timothy, affirming the divine origin and utility of Scripture: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16, NKJV).

Throughout its pages, the Bible presents a cohesive narrative of God’s interactions with humanity, revealing His character, promises, and redemptive plan. From the creation account in Genesis to the apocalyptic visions of Revelation, Scripture offers a comprehensive portrayal of God’s sovereignty, love, justice, and mercy.

Moreover, the fulfillment of prophecies, historical accuracy, and internal consistency of the Bible provide evidential support for its divine origin. Prophecy is one of these evidences. One third of the Bible is prophecy. The Scriptures has over 1,800 predictions concerning more than 700 separate subjects.

Jesus Himself affirmed the authority of Scripture, stating, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35, NKJV), and frequently referenced the Old Testament as a source of divine revelation. These miraculous prophecies could only be accomplished with the supernatural guidance of God who sees the end from the beginning.

Through prayerful study and reflection on the Scriptures, believers often experience a deepening awareness of God’s presence and guidance in their lives. As the writer of Hebrews attests, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV).

Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Word

Central to the Christian faith is the person and work of Jesus Christ, whom believers confess as the Son of the heavenly Father and the Savior of humanity. The apostle John encapsulates this foundational belief in the opening verses of his Gospel, proclaiming, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14, NKJV).

Jesus, through His teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection, provides a tangible expression of divine love, grace, and redemption. He declared Himself to be the embodiment of divine truth, proclaiming, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, NKJV).

The eyewitness accounts recorded in the Gospels attest to Jesus’ divine identity and the significance of His life and ministry. His fulfillment of Messianic prophecies, authority over nature and demons, and triumph over death validate His claims and affirm His unique relationship with the heavenly Father.

Moreover, Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and subsequent resurrection offer hope and reconciliation to all who trust in Him, bridging the gap between humanity and the Creator. As the apostle Peter declares, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).

The Creator revealed Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), healed all sickness (Luke 5:15-26), fed thousands of people (Luke 9:12-17), cast out demons (Luke 4:33-37), raised the dead (Luke 7:11-16), and had authority over nature (Luke 8:22-25). He said, “Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father” (John 10:24-38). Even secular history testifies to Christ’s miracles and divinity.

Jesus’ incredible life fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah (Matthew 5:17). His crucifixion is a historical fact and His resurrection was verified by hundreds of witnesses  (1 Corinthians 15:6). There is no other man in history that supported His words with such divine deeds.

The Testimony of Millions

For many believers, encountering the person of Jesus Christ through the Scriptures, prayer, and a transformative experience that solidifies their conviction of God’s reality. Through communion with Christ, they find forgiveness, purpose, and eternal life, confirming the truth of His words: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3, NKJV). The testimony of millions of people who have been changed by the power of the heavenly Father affirms that God is indeed real and can transform sinners into saints.

In conclusion, the quest to know that God is real is a multifaceted journey that draws upon various avenues of exploration, including creation, Scripture, the person of Jesus Christ and the personal testimony of millions of people. Through contemplation of the natural world, study of the Scriptures, and encounter with the living Christ, individuals find affirmation of God’s existence, presence, and love. As they open their hearts and minds to the evidence of divine revelation, they discover a reality that transcends the material realm and offers hope, meaning, and fulfillment to all who seek Him. People who doubt God’s existence must realize that a belief in atheism takes a great deal more faith than does a belief in the Creator.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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