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Evidence for God

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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.

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Introduction

I can't speak for other people but I can speak for myself. In my almost 70 years of living, I have experienced the presence of God on several occasions. I also have studied history and have deduced for my own satisfaction the existence of a Supreme Being. Now, I want to lay out the examples and proof if you will the existence of God. To a true believer, no proof is necessary. To a skeptic, or doubting Thomas, some form of evidence is warranted.

- Oct. 2020

Background

God, by definition is supernatural. He is all powerful and omnipotent. He can do anything and he transcends time and space. Besides a visible presence, He can demonstrate His presence with certain actions. One such action is performing miracles. The Bible, which is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and recorded down through the ages and put on paper and print, has recorded many such miracles in the past.

A few major miracles includes Moses parting of the Red Sea, and the Passover where the first born in Egypt were killed by some strange sickness. The manna from Heaven that kept the Jews alive in the desert.

In modern days, miracles has also occurred on a regular basis. A most notable one witnessed by tens of thousands of people happened in Fatima, 1917 Portugal. Most recently, in 2009, a commercial airline plane made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in the dead of winter and not one live was lost.

My Personal Belief

As an engineer and a scientist, I rely on natural laws to guide me. Laws include mathematics, physics and chemistry and electromagnetic to explain our physical world and how things work. Miracles on the other hand are outside this realm. It cannot be explained by conventional means.

In our distant past, it was possible to mistake some phenomenon as miracles or magic such as the eclipse of the sun or moon. Before our understanding of planetary motions, these rare events in the heavens were treated as bad omens.

Those only account for some of the miracles. The majority of them as recorded in the Bible are mostly unexplainable.

Magic is something else. I personally have been in live shows where magic was performed. They were pretty amazing stunts. However, they are not miracles.

Line of Thinking

Here is my line of thinking. Logical and based on evidence, both first hand and second hand, I concluded God must exist.

1. The Bible as history

2. Archeology verified events documented in the Bible

3. Many eyewitness accounts

4. Continuity of the Church for over 2000 years

5. Miracles large and small

6. Personal events - first hand experience

7. Science cannot explain

Details...

My own thinking on this is simple. I rely on history and our ancestors. I also have faith.

I am a trained scientists but I recognize science does not have all the answers. There are spiritual realms that only God can fulfill. That is to say, science and engineering has it s limits. Based on my study of the Bible, and of history and of events in the past, I have to conclude that God exist. He also is a necessity. What I mean by that is, even if God does not exist, Man would have invented something like God in order to cope.

There are many smart people around and even genius in our past. Yet, many of those individuals are believers. People like Newton, and Einstein and all kinds of philosophers, inventors, artists and musicians and scientists.

Logically, it also makes perfect sense. Despite all the questions and doubts, a supreme being or creator or designer if you will makes the best explanation for what we see today.

Here is what we do know for a fact.

  • Life is very complex.
  • It is highly organized.
  • Entropy is a law of the universe. Without external forces, everything degrades over time.
  • Life is unique and fragile. In our huge universe, only one planet in one star system have life been created and survived and thrived.
  • The mathematical probability of random chances of this happening is astronomical.
  • Miracles are happening that defy explanation
  • Our human conscience is a mystery and still to be solved.

For me, the case for God's existence is overwhelming. Let me take it to the next step. For the sake of argument, let's say there is no God. We are just here by chance and by evolution and once we die, that is the end. Even if that was the case, I still think believing in God is worth the investment. The reward is present even if the premise is false. That is to say, following in the teachings of God and religion, is a better way to live and conduct our lives. Does that make sense?

Some Questions...

For skeptics, there are some major questions or stumbling block.

1. Why does God not appear in person to prove his existence?

2. Why does bad things happen to good people?

3. What is the meaning of life?

4. If God is all powerful, why doesn't God just fix it?

5. Why are there so many different religions and Gods?

Possible Answers...

Let me deal with each one of the questions that I have heard from various people.

1. Why does not God just appear in person to prove his existence?

The simple answer is He has. 2000 years ago, in the name of Jesus. He came as a human to teach us and to act as the sacrificial lamb. His death on the Cross under the Romans, was to pay for the price of our sins. Unfortunately, even though hundreds of people saw him, and even after his resurrection, could not convince others that He was the Son of God and in fact one of the Trinity that is God.

2. Why does bad things happen to good people?

I don't know the exact answer but I can offer a possible reason. Suppose everything is perfect and God made everything just right. Would you be inclined to even think about God? The reason we humans feel a need to be close to God, and pray to Him is because of some need. If there is no need or pain or sorrow, why would we care?

So the answer may be, God uses these events to bring focus to our lives.

3. What is the meaning of life?

To each his own. To me, the interesting part of life is exploration. Unraveling the mystery of the universe, one at a time.

4. If God is all powerful, why doesn't God just fix it?

I suppose he could. He is all powerful and by definition can do anything. It comes down to free will. God created Man in his own image. He was given free will - the ability to choose. Once that was in play, it kind of put a restraint or limit to what God may do. The ball is on our court. It is up to us to "fix it..."

5. Why are there so many different religions and Gods?

There is only one God who created the universe. He may appear in various forms for various cultures. It is like you with your children. Do you act the same with all your kids? Each human is unique. What works with one children may not work with another. We are all God's children. It is a two way dialog. The underlying concept of most religions are the same.

What is Faith?

In the New Testament of the Bible, there is one passage where Jesus was speaking to Thomas.

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymusa), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The lesson of this story is about faith. When Jesus was resurrected, hundreds of people including the apostles and Mary saw him in his glorified body. There were thousands more who only heard about it second hand. Yet, their faith carried the day. They believed in the resurrection and the miracle without first hand knowledge.

The Bottom Line

Here is what it comes down to. The bottom line is - a belief in God or a Supreme Being is personal. No government or church official can force anyone to belief or not belief. We saw this in the Soviet Union, when under Communist rule for 70 years, the church was banned. Yet, the people who believed, remained true to their faith even being persecuted.

By the same token, our country has gone to extreme to keep a separation of Church and State, fearing that the church could influence people's belief but they couldn't.

Summary

The conclusion and the Good News for everyone is you are free to choose. In our country, we have that freedom. We can choose to believe or not. We have the first amendment. The one that guarantees our freedom to exercise our religion which ever one that is or no religion.

Did you ever hear of Pascal's Wager?
Basically it is a theological argument that goes more or less like this:
If you believe in G-d and there is no G-d, no harm no foul.
However, if you do not believe in G-d and the is a G-d, you are screwed.

Postscript...What Are Some Alternative Explanations...

I suppose there may well be a perfectly logical explanation for everything we see. One theory proposed by Ancient Alien theorists is that extra terrestrials visited earth perhaps hundred of thousands of years ago and helped created man by manipulating our DNA. There advanced technology could explain all the miracles described in the Bible. They cite evidence of ancient megaliths which is hard pressed to believe that humans with primitive tools could construct. Additionally, they also cite convincing evidence of knowledge of the planets and stars before the invention of the telescope. Even if this was the case, it still does not resolve where did the aliens originate?

Another proposal of UFO and paranormal activity is the existence of other dimensions. Other beings from another dimension may found a way to travel between dimensions and somehow affected our human history.

Finally, the one that defy logic is the theory of time travel. That beings from our future have invented a time machine that can travel back to our time period in some attempt to alter history. This one is hard to swallow for a scientist like me. Once you allow for this possibility, there is all kinds of paradox that can happen and it just boggles my mind.

Sometimes, the most simple explanation is the best and probably the correct one. God does exist. He told us in the Scriptures and he gave us instructions for the way forward. How clearer can it be?

Another Piece of Information - A True Story

I was fortunate to work at IBM Research for my whole career. One of the benefit was to be around lots of smart people. One particular brilliant guy was my mentor. He was a theoretical physicist prior to working for IBM. He was one of the smartest person I met. In fact, he worked on the Manhattan project during World War II. He is Jewish by birth but he is not religious by any means. Over the years, we would have occasional conversations about other stuff than work, such as life, family and religion. I am a Catholic and over certain holidays there were the obvious signs like Christmas, Easter and Palm Sunday and Ashe Wednesday. He would say he is an atheist. He just doesn't belief there is anything more than what we can see and experiment. He is a firm believer in the scientific method.

After he retired, I went to visit him at his home. His wife recently passed away and he was living alone. His children are all grown and moved away. He sees his grandchildren at times and was proud of what they become. He became more reflective in this stage of his life. We talk a bit and he asked me some probing questions about my faith.

A short time after that, he became terminally ill. I visited him at the hospital along with a few of our colleagues. At some point, I was alone with him for just a few moments. He confided in me that he became a believer. He just wished it had happened sooner. We prayed together for a moment. That was the last time I saw him alive.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee

Comments

T on October 11, 2020:

What on earth makes you think “if the worst was to be true, at the end, and God did not exist” anyone on earth would live their life God prescribed?

That’s ludicrous because if God didn’t exist there would be absolutely no reason for anyone to live as God prescribes because there would be no such thing as sin, no need for salvation, no need to aspire to goodness as each material human (purely accidents of nature, not created beings) would be subject to nothing but it’s own idea of what is right and wrong. So it was in the world before the flood as in Genesis 6.5

And the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

If there is no God, no creator, an incomprehensible being, that is the only possible result and to even imagine that without a creator such imagined evolutionary humans could first of all even exist let alone of their own volition invent a Godly life is more than an insult to God, it is an insult to humanity which was created in the image of God!

I don’t question your belief and love of God Jack, but you really need to more closely examine who He is. And fear not that your writing is in vain for this conversation you and I have just had is most importantly what your friend needs to hear.

Hopefully he is a critical thinker who will be inspired to seriously seek the truth more than he’s prone to straddle a fence which is the divider of eternal life from eternal damnation.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 11, 2020:

T, I am conflicted by your comment. On the one hand I agree with you but on the other hand, I don't see my argument as an insult to God.

I am a true believer in God and the goodness of God.

My argument presented is just a mental exercise for a good friend, who has doubts.

My point to him is even if the worst was to be true, at the end, and God did not exist, if he lived his life the way God prescribed, he would be happier and he would have made a positive impact on those around him.

T on October 10, 2020:

Well that makes some sense. However to suggest mankind would, on his own if God actually didn’t exist, invent anything “like” God so belittle’s God that it is the ultimate insult to God and every Christian alive.

Mankind had pitifully invented substitutes for God, Idols, from the beginning since the fall.

“Something like God” ? Man is incapable of inventing anything remotely like God. You are making the point that all that is significant about God is that mankind could pretend that his invented idea of a god is just about as good as the real God. That is so unintelligent that I can only believe that you do not have any understanding of how awesome God is and that you think if there was no God somehow good works could be the salvation of mankind when nothing could be farther than the truth.

There is just no way to arrive at the conclusion that if God didn’t exist there could even be any meaning to anything for all life would simply be the result of random chemical reactions “evolving” into living things. Meaningless things.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 10, 2020:

I can accept that criticism. My statement was meant for a friend of my who is the inspiration for writing this article. He is an agnostic when it comes to God and Religion. My point is really to make the case there is no excuse...for not believing.

T on October 10, 2020:

Well you had a good start ... until you went down this road

“What I mean by that is, even if God does not exist, Man would have invented something like God in order to cope.”

That statement is so unscientific and anti spiritual that it brings into question all your logic on the rest and certainly is an insult to scripture which is God’s word. I can’t begin to explain how lame that statement is in the context of an article titled Evidence for God! It was hard for me to keep reading after reading that.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 10, 2020:

I think you have expressed your points of view on faith beautifully. I only really began to immerse myself in the faith after I had the opportunity to see so much God inspired art on a vacation in Italy. I felt I needed to know a lot more about it after that time.

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