Proof v. Evidence

From time to time, I participate in lively debates with people who label themselves as atheist or agnostic.  Although both sides bring up great points, invariably, one side makes known its desire for “proof” of the other side’s claim.  Because I am not so closed-minded as to think there is not evidence for God’s non-existence, I can concede that there is no definitive “proof” of God’s existence (for us, at this time and point in history – in Jesus time, I would surmise that those who knew Jesus could not deny God’s existence).  But what we do have are mountains upon mountains of evidence.

I should explain the difference between evidence and proof.  Evidence is a piece of information that leads a reasonable person to believe that something may be true.  Proof is a set of evidences that leave no reasonable doubt in the mind of the decider that what is being presented is true.  Proof is conclusive, whereas evidence can be weak.

Now, God has already determined, to the fullest extent , what is truth; God created reality, and it is our task to understand how He has designed and created it.  Since God is the source of all that is real, one of the most important things we can do in our lives is to get to know God on a deep and personal level.  The things that we are unable to discern ourselves, God will either give us the information we desire (or only what we need at that time), or He will allow us to put the desire for that knowledge behind us.  This is the proof that those who love Him will receive – God will speak to you.  But, this is your proof.  To everyone else, it is anecdotal, and to the skeptic, it is ridiculousness.

The Universe is a wonderfully complicated thing.  The fact that it exists in the way it does, today, despite almost insurmountable odds, is a testimony to something.   For the Universe to have come to be as a result of chance is preposterous.  There would have to be an infinite number of factors that perfectly come together, and one slip, like an asteroid hitting the planet, could change the course of history.  In fact, 65 million years ago, an asteroid hit the Earth, and killed off most of the dinosaurs.  Without this killer asteroid, humanity could not have come to exist like we do, today.  Freak accident or work of God?

The Universe, itself, is a testimony to God.  When we see a building, we know that it didn’t just appear out of nowhere.  We know simply by looking at any building that it has a builder.  The Universe is no different.  God is the creator and builder of the Universe, and it is evidence of His existence – but not proof.

Jesus is a testimony to God.  His birth was foretold in the prophecies.  He lived a sinless life, directly connected to God, performing only God’s will to the end of his life.  And three days after he dies on the cross, God raised Jesus from the dead.  The resurrected Jesus appeared to many people, and when the time was right, Jesus ascended to Heaven, where he resides with God.  This is why there is no tomb to visit Jesus’ body, unlike the other religious leaders.

The Apostles and the martyrs are a testimony to God.  It takes love, faith, and dedication to give up everything, including one’s own life, for God.  Some left friends and family behind to follow Jesus.  Some left behind power and riches to be servants of God.  Some left behind everything in order to show just how deeply they loved God.

I am a testimony to God.  He raised me up and saved me from death and unbelief.  I know the struggles I went through, and there is no other explanation than our Father.  This blog is not meant to chronicle my experiences.

You are a testimony to God.  You are wonderfully made by our Father.  You are capable of great things.  The Creator of the Universe looks after you. He wants to have a relationship with you, because you can show the world that God is real and He is awesome.

You will never find any definitive proof of God’s existence, although there is more evidence than we can count.  Christians will never meet the burden of proof worldly people place on us, because the only way to fully know that God is real is to desire to be in and develop a personal relationship with Him, and for most that is too hard.

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