© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If God is real, and the Bible is His Word, He demands our diligent, seeking faith. Is faith in God a big gamble? Where is the evidence? Can we know that God exists?
The law of cause and effect says, “Yes!” That law assures us that every material effect follows a sufficient cause. We are real; so are the earth, our solar system, and our universe that may be 20 billion light years in diameter. Who or what had the power to bring it all into existence? Who or what besides an Almighty God? “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).
The principle of purposeful design—every purposeful design demands the existence of a designer—affirms the reality of God. We live in a solar “system.” Things in it work systematically. The sun, the moon, and the other planets help to make earth the only planet that sustains human life. On earth, the needs of plants and animals are so intertwined that neither kingdom could survive indefinitely without the other. No wonder the Bible says that God “did not make the earth a waste, but He formed it to be inhabited” (Isaiah 45:18).
The moral sensibility of mankind reflects God’s existence, too. Across time and across the world, people have believed in right and wrong. Only a holy God explains why life has meaning and why certain standards apply across the board.
God is real. We can be sure.