From the November/December 2022 issue of Discern Magazine

Three Reasons to Believe in God

Is believing in God something people have to do with unreasoning, blind faith? Or are there sound reasons to be deeply convicted that God truly does exist?

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Deciding whether to believe in the existence of God is a challenging issue for an increasing number of people.

A growing percentage of people today have doubts about whether God truly exists. A recent poll by Gallup found that the percentage of Americans who believe in God has dipped to 81 percent. This number “is down six percentage points from 2017 and is the lowest in Gallup’s trend. Between 1944 and 2011, more than 90% of Americans believed in God.”

Since young people are the demographic group least likely to believe in God, the percentage of people believing in God is likely to continue to decline in the U.S.

The same trend of not believing in God has occurred in Western Europe. In fact, the decline there began earlier and is even greater than in the U.S.

Surveys by the Pew Research Center in that part of the world found that most people had drifted away from God and religion. “Among the Western European countries surveyed, only in Portugal (44%) do more than three in 10 say they are absolutely certain that God exists.”

Major reasons people give for not believing in God include lack of evidence, science, evil in the world and disagreement with biblical values.

The unavoidable matter of faith

The hard truth is that believing in God does require faith. Since God is invisible and dwells in what is supernatural to us humans, we will never be able to physically see Him. Because God dwells in a realm that cannot be tested or quantified by science, we cannot get a final answer from science by itself. Thus, believing in God is ultimately a choice that is largely determined by our faith or lack thereof.

Atheists and agnostics who demand physical, tangible, scientifically measurable proof of God in order to believe He exists will not find it. Even the Bible acknowledges that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

Of course, since God is not part of the physical universe, neither can atheists and agnostics prove that God doesn’t exist. When people conclude that God doesn’t exist, they are actually choosing to have faith either in the reasoning of those they consider to be experts or in their own reasoning and feelings, which cannot be proven.

If we choose to believe that God exists, must we simply close our eyes and take a leap of faith? Is there no physical evidence at all? Must we toss out all logic and reasoning?

The biblical answer is “No.”

The Bible explains that reasoning and looking for physical evidence is okay. In fact, it even explains how to reason and what evidence to consider if we want to have faith that God exists.

In a message to the ancient Israelites given through the prophet Isaiah, God said, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). God wanted these ancient people to carefully consider their ways and where those ways were leading them.

If we want to logically consider what physical evidence could give us reasons to believe that God exists, the Bible points us toward a subject that, when carefully studied, has led many to conclude that He surely does exist.

So, what is that subject?

Paul penned these words in Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.”

The physical world we live in—“the things that are made”—has embedded clues that indicate a Creator. Put another way, the fingerprints of God can be seen in His creation. The natural order in which we live is a visible disclosure of the invisible God.

How so?

Here are three of the more obvious indicators.

1. The existence of the material world

As we ponder the existence of the world we live in, let’s remember that science cannot explain how matter came to be. The theory of evolution posits a method by which the plants and animals on earth developed, but it can’t explain how matter came into existence. Science tells us that the world had a beginning and that it is running down, but the tools of science cannot explain how the universe and the matter within it came to be.

The Bible, however, does provide an answer. The very first verse tells us that “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). It explains that not only our solar system with its planets, but all the galaxies that we can see, were brought into existence by the Creator God.

When we actually study the Bible, we find that it does not contradict itself, that good science and accurate biblical interpretation agree, and that God loves humanity.Additional details about this creative process include the explanation that God created all things through the One who became Jesus Christ (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). It was through God’s spoken word that the creation came into existence (Psalm 33:6). “He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (verse 9; compare Psalm 148:3-5).

Atheists cannot disprove this. They can have faith in their own reasoning that God did not create the material world in which we live, but they are way out of their area of expertise when it comes to understanding—much less evaluating—the spirit world.

Consider these facts: We know that the created world exists, and we know that science does not have an answer for this reality. We also realize that people’s feelings and prejudices about what they want the answer to be can’t be trusted.

Thus, a next logical step would be to consider the validity of the source that offers an answer.

2. The uniqueness and veracity of the Bible

Since the Bible is considered the premier authority on God, and since it includes the claim that God created all that exists, we need to consider its credentials. Are there things about this ancient text that give us valid reasons for trusting it as an accurate and authoritative source to believe?

Skeptics of the Bible have a host of arguments that seem credible at first glance. These range from claiming the Bible is full of contradictions, to the belief it is unscientific, to the perception that the God of the Bible shows favoritism and incites violence against others.

But when we actually study the Bible, we find that it does not contradict itself, that good science and accurate biblical interpretation agree, and that God loves humanity. Furthermore, there are valid reasons to believe that the Bible truly is the one-of-a-kind, unique, authoritative Word of God that it claims to be.

Although about 40 people wrote the Bible’s 66 books over approximately 1,500 years, there is unprecedented consistency in its teachings. No other widely renowned ancient work has been written in a similar fashion. On a human plane, it boggles the imagination that so many writers could all deliver such a consistent message over such a long a period of time.

The Bible explains that the reason its text is so consistent is the fact that God Himself is its primary Author. Explaining this point to Timothy, Paul wrote: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16).

God’s overall authorship is reflected in the fact that “more than 3,800 times words are introduced by such formulae as ‘The Lord spoke,’ ‘Thus says the Lord’ and ‘The word of the Lord came’” (Eerdmans’ Handbook to the Bible, 1973, p. 33).

Although each human author wrote in his own style, all recorded what God inspired (1 Peter 1:10-12).

Archaeology is continuing to discover that people and place names previously found only in the Bible truly did exist. Fulfilled biblical prophecies also indicate that the Bible can be trusted and that it is unique and unlike any other book.

Given these examples and many more that could also be considered, we have solid, valid reasons to believe the Bible is a holy, divine book that is accurate in its description of how the material world came into existence. For additional study regarding the Holy Bible, download our booklet Is the Bible True?

3. The miracle of life

The theory of evolution posits that life sprang from nonliving matter.

Long ago, people believed spontaneous generation occurred when maggots suddenly appeared in rotting meat. Over time everyone came to understand that such occurrences weren’t proof of life originating from nonliving matter. Instead, flies had merely laid their eggs in the meat. Science disproved spontaneous generation, and to this day, no one has been able to give an example of life coming from nonliving matter.

Logically, one would think that not being able to see life generated—either in nature or in a lab—from nonliving material would have been a serious blow to the theory of evolution.

Isn’t the miracle of life itself a reason to believe in God?The unsettling truth for supporters of evolution is that there has never been an experiment showing that life can come from nonlife. But those who believe in evolution still have faith that this unprovable event occurred. A foundational premise of science is that a scientific theory can only be proved through observations or experiments that can be repeated. Yet many still have faith that life came from nonlife—something that has never been demonstrated even once, let alone repeated.

Some argue along the lines of “but it could have happened.” Yet we also have to consider whether it is rational to believe that life could develop through blind chance. The odds against this happening are astronomical. (For more on the probability of evolution, see “Problems With Evolution,” “Intelligent Design: Can Science Answer, Does God Exist?” and “Irreducible Complexity: Challenge to Evolution.”)

Science has been a great help to mankind in many ways, but it is also important to understand that it has limitations. Science can show us how natural law works, but it can’t explain its origins.

So, what does the Bible say about the miracle of life? Genesis 1 tells us that God created vegetation and animals. Then in verse 27 we read that God created man in His own image. He made man in two models: male and female.

Then regarding this astounding process of creating life from nonliving matter, Genesis 2:7 says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

We humans have never been able to duplicate what God did. Along with being given life, we have amazing abilities superior to those of all other forms of life on earth. Some of our greatest traits are that we are self-aware, we can plan, we can create, and we can appreciate beauty.

What is indicated by these physical attributes that are superior to those of all other life-forms? Are these not evidence that our Creator has made us in His image?

And isn’t the miracle of life itself a reason to believe in God?

Creation reveals a Creator

In briefly considering these three points of physical evidence for the existence of God, we’ve only scratched the surface of the wealth of evidence available. The placement of our planet and the facts regarding how it is perfectly designed to sustain life, as well as the amazing complexity that exists in the universe, provide additional proofs.

If you are searching for reasons to believe in God or if you simply want to bolster your faith that He exists, Discern magazine is here to support you and help you. One of the reasons we run the “Wonders of God’s Creation” series is to remind everyone of the amazing animals that testify to the Creator’s existence.

For further study, see the articles in the “Is There a God?” section of our website and download our study guide Does God Exist?


Sidebar: 9 Quotes From Scientists About the Existence of God

“I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.”

—Lord William Kelvin, world-renowned mathematical physicist, known for research into theoretical thermodynamics


“Everyone who is seriously engaged in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that the laws of nature manifest the existence of a spirit vastly superior to that of men, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”

—Albert Einstein


“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Science brings men nearer to God.”

—Louis Pasteur, biologist, microbiologist and chemist


“What is the ultimate solution to the mystery of the origin of the Universe? The answers provided by the astronomers are disconcerting and remarkable. Most remarkable of all is the fact that in science, as in the Bible, the World begins with an act of creation.”

—Robert Jastrow, astronomer and author of Until the Sun Dies (1977)


“God created everything by number, weight and measure.”

—Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most influential scientists in history


“I believe in God. In fact, I believe in a personal God who acts in and interacts with the creation. I believe that the observations about the orderliness of the physical universe, and the apparently exceptional fine-tuning of the conditions of the universe for the development of life suggest that an intelligent Creator is responsible.”

—William D. Phillips, 1997 Physics Nobel Prize winner, professor of physics at the University of Maryland


“If the universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the Universe was created for man to live in.”

—John A. O’Keefe, Harvard-educated NASA astronomer


“The exquisite order displayed by our scientific understanding of the physical world calls for the divine.”

—Vera Kistiakowsky, MIT physicist 


“It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed.”

—James Joule, physicist whose work laid the foundation for the first law of thermodynamics

About the Author

David Treybig

David Treybig

David Treybig is a husband, father and grandfather. He and his wife, Teddi, have two grown children and seven grandchildren. He currently pastors the Austin, Texas, congregation of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association. He has served in the pastoral ministry for over 40 years, pastoring congregations across six states.

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