“Why do you believe in GOD?” Here are my top 10 reasons.
Reason #1: Design Implies a Designer
When I look around at nature, everything from the way my hand functions as my brain signals it to open and close, to the way an ant gathers its food for winter, to the way the earth is perfectly positioned in proximity to the sun so as to enable life and the changing of seasons, it all exhibits complex and sophisticated design.
I have observed that anything which has been designed is the result of someone who designed it. Thus, I believe GOD designed and created the universe.
Reason #2: The Bible’s Creation Account Seems Most Plausible
Of all of the theories as to how the universe began, the Bible’s account of creation seems to me to be the most plausible. Quite frankly, theories which remove a creator seem silly. I have never witnessed anything which began on its own.
Reason #3: Consistency of Math, Science, Laws of Nature
The precision of math, science, weather patterns, and laws of nature such as gravity shows a clear order to the way stuff works.
It is implausible to me that such order and consistency could exist and be sustained without a source maintaining order. Chaos and inconsistency would reign until everything fell apart. How often do completely random and chance events fall perfectly into place anyway?
Reason #4: Inherent Human Concept of “Fairness”
From an early age, young children argue that something is or is not “fair.” I believe the human awareness of justice and fairness is not a learned behavior, but a built-in sense we have that gauges when we or another has been “wronged.”
Where do these feelings come from? I believe they are an indication that we have been designed—created for the purpose of administering justice and fairness to the best of our ability. This built-in barometer of equality and right-wrong is GOD-given.
Reason #5: Human Fascination With Life Beyond What We See
Humans know of birth, life and death. We know it because we experience it firsthand and because we watch others experience it every day.
Yet, we also have a fascination with the possibility of life beyond what we see and experience here on earth.
I believe this manifests itself in numerous ways, from a belief in an after-life—heaven and hell—deceased loved ones “watching over us” or “looking down on us,” to aliens, ghosts, spirits, and even time travel.
Eccl. 3:11 tells us that GOD has placed eternity in the heart of the human. I believe all of these “feelings” people have regarding life beyond our own are manifestations of this truth.
Reason #6: Only the Bible Offers Satisfying Answers to Life’s Most Important Questions
Where did I come from? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? What happens to me after I die?
Outside of the answers provided in the Bible, humans are left to wonder or to discover on their own what they believe to be the answers to these and similar questions, without assurance if what they believe to be true really is.
Reason #7: Only the Bible Gives Me a Purpose Worth Living (and Dying) For
Life without purpose is no life at all.
In Jesus, Christians are free to struggle instead of struggling to be free.
In the Bible, we believe GOD reveals our purpose and life’s meaning. While GOD may not speak audibly to us individually and tell us exactly what He wants us to do every step of our life, He gives us principles which guide our decisions and aids us when we pray. And most believers will attest that, at various specific moments in their life, GOD clearly communicated in some unique manner what they should do.
Reason #8: The Bible Reads Unlike Any Other Book
I’ve read a lot of ancient literature, including other writings from the same time period as some biblical writings. I find no comparison between any of them and the writings of the Bible.
The Bible is indisputably more complex than any group of humans could have perfected without supernatural influence. Written over the span of about 1,500 years, with over forty writers, yet there is complete harmony between the writings.
All of the writings speak of a common theme, telling a consistent story of the history of GOD’s interactions with a subset of humanity, and of a Savior who restored the broken relationship between humans and their Creator, Sustainer, and Judge. All of the text reads like a single author.
No such project or group of writings could withstand the scrutiny and battery of study, debate, attacks and hatred as the Bible has done, unless it was from GOD.
Reason #9: People Living By Biblical Principles Exhibit Character I Desire in Myself
There will always be hypocrites and pretenders, to be sure, but a person who strives to live by the teachings of the Bible and specifically that of Jesus Christ consistently displays the type of character and reputation that I want to have.
This truth is strong evidence for the existence of GOD because, consistently, these teachings guide and shape men and women into better people, citizens, fathers, mothers, teachers, government officials, rulers, judges, and on and on.
Reason #10: No One Has Found the Bones of Jesus of Nazareth
Besides the evidence from looking at the world around us, the most significant testimony to GOD’s existence, in my opinion, is the fact that no one has found a grave with the bones of Jesus of Nazareth.
Secular history testifies to Jesus’ life on earth and his death by crucifixion. Yet, as the Bible records, despite humanity’s best efforts to keep Jesus from rising from the grave, He did and therefore we do not have His bones with us today.