How to answer tough questions

There Is No Hard Evidence That God Exists

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Don’t we all want scientific, verifiable evidence that God exists? The seeming lack of evidence can drive people to dismiss the possibility of God’s existence, especially those with a more scientific or logical bent. Christians, when confronted with the accusation that no tangible evidence of God exists, often find themselves confused because it sounds like an atheist “throwing down the gauntlet.”

Assumptions

  • Hard, tangible evidence that God exists is necessary to believe in God.
  • Whether evidence is “hard, tangible” can be determined objectively.
  • God, if he exists, can be verified via “hard, tangible” means.
  • Science is capable of evaluating matters of faith.

Talking Points

Begin with: “What in your mind constitutes hard, tangible evidence that God exists?” [Alternative wording: “If God were to exist, what kind of hard, tangible evidence would you expect to find?”] (You need to reach mutual agreement on the definition of hard, tangible evidence before you can have a meaningful conversation.)

Then, proceed with one of the following:

  • 1. “Just because you cannot find such evidence doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist. Have you ever been in love before? There is no hard, tangible evidence for the existence of love, yet most of us would appeal to our life experience to say that we believe in love.” (Highlighting the logical fallacy of ‘if there isn’t evidence, then God doesn’t exist’)
  • 2. “God, as we typically picture him, is someone who has immense power and can do things that normal human beings cannot. God can break rules that we can’t, such as defying death or gravity or time. In that case, then, God exists outside such rules, which means that he also exists outside scientific rules. Thus, to try to prove God using hard, scientific evidence is a futile cause—God cannot be bound by such rules.” (Here, you are highlighting the impossibility of proving the supernatural from the natural. This is important especially if the person is equating hard, tangible evidence with scientific evidence)
  • 3. “Although hard, tangible evidence for God’s existence may be hard to find, there are many other forms of evidence that have led scientists and philosophers to believe in God’s existence.” Then go on to share arguments such as intelligent design, ontological argument, etc. (See Resources)
  • 4. “Can you show me hard, tangible evidence that he doesn’t exist?” “So you see, both of our positions require faith. I think that given the intricate design of our universe and even our planet, maybe it takes less faith to believe God exists than that it all happened by chance.” (See the intelligent design argument from point 3)
  • 5. “We all want hard, tangible evidence that God exists, but over time, despite not having all the evidence I want, I’ve come to believe that God exists. Can I tell you why?” Then, bring up your reasons, especially ones such as how God has spoken to you, ways in which you’ve experienced God, etc. (Scientific or philosophical evidence can be challenged, but your personal experience cannot be disputed. Thus, this type of personal evidence may be even more powerful and convincing.)

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Simply put, you cannot say we

Simply put, you cannot say we have to see the miracles and open our hearts to see evidence of God. The bible mentions that people at some point in time were witnesses to obvious miracles and presence of prophets and Jesus, but today we have no obvious evidence to witness to state the same. We are just told now that we should open our hearts or be open minded. That is simply not enough when the bible states tangible evidence witness by many people, without a doubt what they were witnessing. There is more evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence than of the bible stories. Or should we say the biblical stories and extraterrestrial intelligence is one of the same, and we just don't have the fundamental knowledge and perception to make the connection.

You are in some ways rite but

You are in some ways rite but But it sounds like .you been watching too many you tube videos read books study even in the bible it says prove all things in book Thessalonians 5:21 seems you haven't even have gave God a chance.I don't go on blind faith but I'm a believer cause I prove it to my self.with studying of every thing from science, philosophy,religion,old legends etc .then I connect the dots it was sufficient for me .but you may need more so try prayer and do it with all your Hart it all come to.God bless

first off.. there is evidence

first off.. there is evidence of Love << emotion ) according to science it's a chemical change in the human body it's been proven.. It can has seen happening ... FACT,.. also what about the fact that no one wrote a single word about a man (god) that came and did a bunch of so called miracles until 200 years later.. so that means no eyewitnesses... and if you look at pagan myth Horus and there are many other god myths thousands of years before jesus.. It's not rocket science to know that it's all myths and religion and gods were created by man .. anyone with a half ounce of intelligence and reason could see this.. but their are some sheep that still need a shepherd ..

As a traveling apologist I

As a traveling apologist I enjoy the privilege of talking with students and faculty at campuses around the country about Christian faith. Many are atheists. They are rightly concerned about “strong claims but flimsy evidence” coming from the Christian camp. This seems to be the concern of the person writing above when he/she raises the issues of a love chemical, eyewitnesses of Jesus, pagan myths and, unfortunately, a put-down at the end.

It seems to me we cannot specify in advance what kind of evidence God would leave for us of his existence (if he exists at all). We’d have to know a lot about God to know exactly how he would reveal himself. Better to wait and see his methods (if any) rather than impose a method on him.

The Christian claim is that God has sprinkled evidence in many places across many disciplines: widely scattered light showers, we might say, not a concentrated deluge over one city called “science.”

That’s not to say that science doesn’t point toward God in some respects. Much has been made, for example, of the ordered complexity of the DNA molecule, the fine-tuning of the cosmos to permit (and produce) life, the improbability of mental states arising from original inanimate matter, and many other highly unlikely “coincidences” of nature. These coincidences can be likened to a game of poker: if I’m dealt a royal flush I’m very happy but not necessarily surprised, unlikely as it is. But if I’m dealt four or five (or a hundred) royal flushes in a row, I rightly suspect some intelligence is manipulating the cards.

The prior paragraph could be repeated for other disciplines such as history, ethics and philosophy, and I hope the commenter would be open to such inquiry (His/her “200 year” claim is wild and shows a lack of familiarity with standard Christian and nonChristian scholarship on the subject). We Christians think God has sprinkled clues of his existence and care in a wide variety of places. Anyone looking for a “downpour” in one place may easily miss the God who is near at hand.

Actually it is believed that

Actually it is believed that most of it(the new testament) was written 30-60 years later. His disciples(eye witnesses) wrote it. It had not been assembled into what we now know as the new testament until sometime after. In those 30-60 years they most likely wrote some, but as well they were spreading the word by mouth and by travelling throughout the land. They were in fact so devout to the cause that they died for others as martyrs. Why would they do that for a hoax?

There is no science that tells us why we love, only some implications of what may(or may not) happen in our bodies when we do. Nothing is finite regarding this.