What is the best answer to give to a non-believer asking to prove God?

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Speaker 1

So Lisa is asking, when confronted by a non believer, who asks, prove there is a God and why should I believe? What is the best answer?

Speaker 2

I could go first, and unless you already know, Tina, to what you want to say. Okay, I’ll go. Psalm 34, verse eight. I think this is kind of one of the Bible’s challenges to us. And it says, o taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who trusts in Him. So I would first suggest to someone, give God a chance, actually just try trusting in Him, try some of his promises and see what happens. Because the Bible has lots of challenges in it for us. And I think right away you should feel something if you give God a chance. And not just feeling, but also experiencing. And when you read the Bible with an honest heart to just be taught, not trying to outsmart the Bible, but let the Bible educate you, your brain will just start exploding. That’s what happened to me. And next one is the Bible actually has challenges. And I wish I had the verses, I just thought of them now. But in Isaiah a couple of times, god has this challenge where he says, who else but God and I’m? God can tell you the beginning from the end.

Speaker 2

And I could declare events long before or way before they actually happen. So God’s saying that, you know, I’m God because I can give you prophecy, I could predict future events. And I think one of the most amazing ones is found in Daniel, chapter nine, verses 24 to 27. And you can mathematically predict and then with history, prove when the Messiah would appear. And I’m just shocked. Most Christians don’t talk about this, and they have weird theories about what this prophecy means, but mathematically, historically, it ends up being right. And basically, Daniel nine, verses 24 through 27 talks about there being 70 weeks that are assigned to God’s people and believe a week stands for or a day stands for a year. So 70 weeks, that’s 490 years God gives to his people. And at the end, amazing things start happening. So it talks about 60, 60 weeks and 62 weeks and one week. So that adds up to 69 weeks. So after 69 weeks, there comes a special week at the end of the 490 days. And that’s when it talks about how Messiah would show up. And what does messiah mean? It means one anointed, which Jesus was anointed when he was baptized.

Speaker 2

And this prophecy began when this decree went out that’s found in Ezra seven, verses twelve to 26, this decree to go and rebuild Jerusalem. This is what Daniel nine says. It says there’s this decree that go out to rebuild Jerusalem. You find that decree in Ezra seven. And that year the decree was given was 457 BC. And then if you add, you add all the time up to it, which was the 70 sorry, the 69 weeks you end up at 27 Ad being the year Jesus would have been baptized. And that historically is pretty much spot on. We expect Jesus was around around 27, 30 Ad. So here itself, Daniel, which is found in the Scrolls of the Dead Sea, meaning it was part of the Hebrew canon even 200, 200 years before Jesus showed up, predicts exactly when he was going to come to the day. And then it predicts, this prophecy, predicts that in three and a half years later, messiah would die for the sins of not his own sins, but the rest of the basically for his people, for the world, and that he would put an end to the sanctuary, service, the activities that were going on at the temple.

Speaker 2

Sure enough, that’s what we find. Jesus died in that middle of the time. Three and a half years later he died. And then it says that he continues then to confirm the covenant with his people for another three and a half years. Well, Jesus took off shortly after his death, but his disciples continue to minister within Judea, within Jerusalem, to God’s people for that period of time. And if you read in the book of Acts, that’s exactly what they’re doing. And then we come to the stoning of Stephen about three and a half years after Christ’s death. And after the Jews stone Stephen and start persecuting the Christians, we suddenly see Peter being called to preach to the Gentiles. You have Philip, who’s speaking with the guy from Africa, and then we have Paul becoming the apostle to the Gentiles. So now the era of the covenant with the Jews is over, and now the Gospel and Christianity is going out to the entire world, to the Gentiles also, exactly as predicted in Daniel, 200 plus years before Christ. How about, how about you? What would you say to try to.

Speaker 3

Convince a non believer this is the biggest evidence?

Speaker 2

Oh, sorry, I take them both.

Speaker 3

No, I 100% agree with you. Isaiah 46 ten declaring the end from the beginning. That’s how you know that God’s word is absolutely true. It’s his word of prophecy. I’m 100% on board with that. There are so many prophecies in the book of Daniel and Revelation that have come to fulfillment on the day that they said they were going to happen. And God has even called people by name 150 years before they were born.

Speaker 2

Cyrus.

Speaker 3

Yeah, Cyrus. In the book of Isaiah sorry, someone is excited.

Speaker 2

Yay, mommy.

Speaker 3

Yeah, she loves me, I love her. Isaiah 45 one, it says, thus saith the Lord to my anointed to Cyrus. Whose right hand have I held, that he would loose the loins of king. You read about exactly this happening in Daniel, chapter five. And the thing is, when you look at the Dead Sea Scrolls, old scripture, the book of Isaiah dates back over 100 years before the Book of Daniel was written. So the fact that this was stated well before it occurred, in calling the person by name before they even existed, I mean, come on, you can’t deny that there’s something to this. And they’ve even proved this with it called Cyrus’s Cylinder. It was the cylinder where they wrote the Book of Daniel on it. And it dates back well before this time. And so there’s just so many prophecies and things like that. But the number one thing I would say why do you believe in God? Because I’ve had this question quite a bit, especially I have family that’s not in the faith. And the biggest thing I would say is a change life. And the thing is, the me that I used to be before Jesus is not the me that I am now.

Speaker 3

Because like it says in two Corinthians 517, I am crucified. I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live. Yet not I, but Christ lives within me. And the life which I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. And so I just want to thank God that he makes all things new and he loves us enough to change us, and he can heal those things that nothing else in this world can heal. And you’ll see that in any recovery program, that there’s just a need for a higher power.

Speaker 2

There is.

Speaker 3

The only one that is powerful enough to change your life is loving God. And I find him in the Bible.

Speaker 2

Amen. And yeah, actually, I missed the why. Why even believe? And that is a great question. And I think so many Christians miss the why. And the why is love. Why would you want to love God? Why would you care about Him? Because he loves you. He is love itself. And it’s just amazing. We were made to love and be loved.

Speaker 1

And there’s so many things that there’s so many forms of love in the world that are really just like components of love. But like, the fullest love is only seen in Jesus name, one person that’s walked this earth that has loved people as fully and completely and deeply and greatly as what Jesus did.

Speaker 2

Yeah.

Speaker 1

If we take anything else as our model of love, then Jesus, we are looking at a broken model of love. Now, granted, I am greatly blessed by the love that this man puts in my life and shares with me and makes Jesus real in my life in more powerful ways. That love is wonderful, but no offense, honey, that love doesn’t compare to Jesus’s.

Speaker 2

Love nothing compared to it.

Speaker 1

It’s only when we look at Christ’s love that we really truly understand what love is in the fullest sense of the term.

Speaker 2

And then we come to realize just the brilliance, the wisdom of God’s law. That is love. There’s no better philosophy as a lawyer, I say God’s law is so magnificent, so simple, so beautiful, so correct, so just and just. Our laws are an absolute mess. They’re horrible, they’re oppressive. Nobody can know them all. God’s law is so beautiful. It is divine. It’s absolutely miraculous.

Speaker 1

I want to share just a little bit of a personal story on this one as well, because I wasn’t raised in a church. I was raised with some basic ideas about church, but I really didn’t know anything about the Bible growing up, except for these fire and brimstone pastors on TV that clearly were not preaching the love of God in any way. And then I went through this windy process in and out of different face, learning about different people’s face and questioning, does God exist? Does God not exist? Is this real? I spent a lot of time with scientists that were very anti the idea of God. And I got to the point that I decided I was going to just toss this idea of God from my mind. And what’s funny is, even though I didn’t know if I really believed in God, I still kind of had this conversation with God growing up. I just didn’t know it was God at the time. But I decided at this point in college that I was just going to completely get rid of the idea of God existing. And I just decided I was not even going to consider it anymore.

Speaker 1

And everyone always said, if you reject God, you’ll be struck by lightning, you’ll die, you’ll whatever. And none of that happened, right? But what did happen was there was this emptiness that I experienced. There was this void that I started to experience and life went on and I did things, but there was this piece that was missing. And when I let God back in, that peace came back and that void was filled. And there was a wholeness there that was not there during that time when I was trying to do life without God. And that, to me, was the evidence that God is real. And God has a place in my life and I need to pay attention to what else he has to say.

Speaker 3

Amen to that. I definitely agree. And I think that’s such a great, beautiful story and so many valid points there. And just like you’re saying, these scientists are saying, oh, there’s no God. No God. Like I showed you, my little one. Literally the miracle of life. They can’t explain it. No scientists can explain their theories, but there’s no explanation for why is there life? And I just thank God that he allows us to experience life and to have a mind and to comprehend things and see things intelligently. It’s just a beautiful outlook on life to understand that there is a higher power, there’s a Creator, and he created us. And because he’s given us that gift of, we can experience Him in our mind, which is not tangible. Something spiritual. It’s different. So, yeah, I love your story as well.

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