If God Exists, There Would Be Evidence

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If God exists, would there not be some evidence of His being? This is a very important and relevant question that must be asked of those who claim to know God. Very often, this question is phrased in the form of ridicule–claiming that no such evidence exists for God, anywhere.

The question must also be asked: “What kind of evidence are you expecting.”

It is the posit of myself and many others, that God has shown us great evidence for His existence. In fact, the evidence is so close to us–we often do not see it. Take for example, the universe itself. Many people are in awe over the immense size and complexity of the universe. They observe the laws of physics which govern the universe. They see the force of gravity and how it orders planets in concentric orbits around their respective stars. They find that the universe had a stunning and stellar beginning. During the initial micro-seconds of the initial expansion of the universe–unseen and unknown forces engineered the expansion of gases in such a way that stars could form much later. These stars by their second generation–could produce planets, finally supporting advanced life forms.

Then they tell us that this all just happened by accident.

If God exists–would He not have the ability to create such a stunning universe and make life possible? Is it not easier to believe that an intelligent being engineered the universe that we can see–rather than imagine that is is all a cosmic accident?

It seems that when facts are staring some people in the face–that evidence is often so overwhelming that they must find a way to deny it. This happens all the time in human life. From the moment that a small child is caught with a cookie in his hand and his mother asks him where he got it, and he denies the facts that are right before him, we have all become experts at making excuses.

We can find a way to deny anything if it does not fit our agenda.

If God exists, would He not seek to communicate with us by human words, since it is by words that we all communicate with each other?

The Bible has stood as the written evidence for God’s existence, for over 4,500 years.

The Book of Hebrews in the New Testament, begins with the statement: “God has spoken to us by His Son…”

Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

This scripture makes the statement that it was Jesus, the Son of God, who created the universe and holds it all together. Then it is boldly declared that Jesus is also the instrument by which God chose to redeem all human beings from sin and make them perfect once again.

Jesus is recorded in the New Testament as the “Son,” by whom God has revealed Himself to us. He lived on the earth for 33 ½ years and performed supernatural works that can only be attributed to God. When the leaders of Israel asked Him if He was the Son of God, He told them “I AM.”

Those who first recorded the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection disbursed their words to the churches who were in Asia at the time Jesus church began. The leaders of these churches meticulously copied the letters they received and redistributed them to other churches. This action continued for many hundreds of years, leaving the entire world with a reliable record of what Jesus accomplished for us at the cross, and by His resurrection.

Today we have nearly 25,000 copies of the original letters which were first distributed by the writers of the New Testament. There is no other record of antiquity that has this number of manuscripts to support any event that has occurred in the past history of the world.

Experts today confirm that the total number of copies that we have of the New Testament are “overwhelmingly greater than those of any other work of ancient literature.”[1]

Number of Original Manuscripts[2]

Of all the copies of the New Testament that are in our possession today, not one basic doctrine of the Christian church is in controversy, when the entirety of these many copies are compared. The only scriptures from the New Testament which are contested by biblical critics are those which contain spelling and punctuation errors. Of the forty lines of scripture which are considered “questionable” in all 25,000 of these manuscripts, only 400 words are in question. Not one of these lines that are in doubt would bring any doctrine of the Christian faith into question. Scholars who take a hostile approach to the New Testament and seek to discredit its authenticity—by asserting that there are many of these manuscripts which are “questionable,” are being quite disingenuous. The vast majority of all biblical scholars agree that the New Testament has come down to us intact from the original dates of their writing.

Bruce Metzger is considered one of the world’s leading scholars concerning the text of the New Testament. He taught for many years at Princeton Theological Seminary. In his book, “Text of the New Testament,” he stated that when we compare the record of all other secular documents with the massive amount of existing manuscripts of the New Testament, these secular documents are “embarrassed by the wealth of the New Testament material.”[3]

F.F. Bruce (1910-1990) was a Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty best-selling commentaries and books. Dr. Bruce also served as the general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. In regards to the reliability of the New Testament, in his book, “The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?” he said this:

“There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”[4]

In regards to any of the so-called “disputed texts” of the New Testament, Sir Frederick Kenyon, author of “The Bible and Archeology,” Biblical Scholar and one of the world’s greatest authorities in the New Testament textual criticism, said:

“No fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith rests on a disputed reading…. It cannot be too strongly asserted that in substance the text of the Bible is certain: Especially is this the case with the New Testament. The number of manuscripts of the New Testament, of early translations from it, and of quotations from it in the oldest writers of the Church, is so large that it is practically certain that the true reading of every doubtful passage is preserved in some one or other of these ancient authorities. This can be said of no other ancient book in the world.”[5]

See the chapter in this book: The Resurrection of Jesus, for further information on the reliability of the New Testament scriptures.

We are the posterity today that the writers of the New Testament delivered this vast evidence to. It is our duty as followers of Jesus to continue to distribute the true record of His life, death, and resurrection to as many people as possible. In these words are found—eternal life. What could be of greater importance than delivering this message to other people who have yet to hear or understand what Jesus has done for them? I have attempted, in some small way, to be a continuing conduit of distribution for this message by way of the prophetic scriptures. It is my opinion that when a person comes into a knowledge that God has written in advance, the total plan of salvation by predictive prophecy, this revelation will open up an entirely new world of wonder.

God has placed the salvation of all people into the hands of faithful men and women.

The Creator of the universe has entrusted us with His word—to tell every living human being the wonderful news. The secular world, the Atheists, the Pagan, and the intellectual, have nothing to offer the world that can compare with the limitless joy which is brought to each one of us who come to know Jesus, the Messiah, as our own Savior.

If you are saved today and on your way to heaven, it is for certain that your knowledge of God’s plan of salvation came from another person who told you about it.

When Jesus was praying to the Father, in John Chapter 17, He was praying for all those who would believe in Him in the future—by the testimony of men who saw and heard Him and recorded these events for all of us.

John 17:20 (Jesus) “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…”

God chose this method, and it is by this written testimony which is found in the New Testament that we know and understand that Jesus is the promised Messiah and only Savior of the world. How do we know this with certainty? God told us through faithful men who recorded these predictions in the Old Testament and then fulfilled over 365 prophecies in the New Testament, in order to validate His word.

Certainly, we can understand that God, who has the technology to bring into existence this magnificent universe that we have observed—also has the ability to communicate the precise words that allow us to know Him. He has ensured that these words have come down to every generation, in the form of the Bible. Although there may be slight errors in spelling and punctuation during the thousands of copies which were made—the facts of God’s plan of salvation are crystal clear. God saves human being by the death and resurrection of His Son. We are the recipients of this powerful work of preservation today.

It is my desire that all who read the pages of my books—find that the Bible is credible, factual, and reliable. Within the pages of the 66 books of the Bible, God has engineered thousands of prophetic words—all of which exist to direct the minds and hearts of men to Jesus.

The prophecies of the Messiah are meant by God to point us to the true Savior that He has sent into the world. The way that we may identify Him, is by understanding what the prophets of the Old Testament have written, and how Jesus is the only person who has fulfilled all of these requirements. If you had no other text—except the 17 prophecies of Psalm 22, you would have enough evidence to conclude that Jesus is the Messiah.

As you read and believe—may you take what you have learned and tell it to others who will also believe. They, in turn, will tell these things to others, and so on. This is the mission that Jesus has given to us, and it is the only method whereby other human beings can be saved. We literally hold the power of life and death in our hands. People are perishing every day and going into eternity without being saved. God will hold each one of us accountable for the souls of those people who we came in contact with during our lifetime.

All that we are required to do is tell people about Jesus. Salvation is of the Lord, but witnessing to people so that they will come to Jesus for that Salvation is our responsibility.

If you have yet to believe in God and maintain that there is no evidence for His existence, perhaps you might lift up your eyes tonight and gaze into the heavens. For the whole universe declares His glory, and there is no place where His voice is not heard by the things He has made.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.


NOTES:
[1] “The Bible and Archeology”, J. Harold Greelee, Chapter 37, Page 15.
[2] 1. Information for the preceding charts was gathered from the following sources: Kurt Aland’s Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 87,1968; Kurt Aland’s Kurzgefasste Liste Der Griechischen Handschriften Des Neven Testaments, W. De Gruyter, 1963; Kurt Aland’s “Neve Nevtestamentliche Papyri III,” New Testament Studies, July,1976; Bruce Metzger’s The Early Versions of the New Testament, Clarendon Press, 1977; New Testament Manuscript Studies, (eds.) Merrill M. Parvis and Allen Wikgren, The University of Chicago Press, 1950; Eroll F. Rhodes’ An Annotated List of Armenian New Testament Manuscripts, Tokyo, Ikeburo, 1959; The Bible and Modern Scholarship, (ed.) J. Phillip Hyatt, Abington Press, 1965.
2. McDowell, Josh (1999-03-02). Evidence That Demands a Verdict, 1 (Kindle Locations 1214-1219). Thomas Nelson – A. Kindle Edition. Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell, ISBN 0-918956-46-3 (Kindle Location 1213). Thomas Nelson – A. Kindle Edition.
[3] Bruce Metzer, “Text of the New Testament”, “In contrast with these figures, the textual critic of the New Testament is embarrassed by the wealth of his material.” Chapter 62, Page 34.ISBN-13: 978-0195161229
[4] F F. Bruce: “The New Testament Documents, are they reliable?” Chapter 15 Page 178. ISBN-13: 978-0802822192
[5] The Bible and Archeology New York: Harper & Row, Sir Frederic George Kenyon GBE KCB TD FBA FSA (15 January 1863 – 23 August 1952) was a British paleographer and biblical and classical scholar.

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