By: Matt Troiano (Youth Pastor @ Church of the Harvest)
“By faith we understand the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” – Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand this; we who are followers of Jesus Christ. But not everyone sees the world that way. How then can one prove that God exists?
The secular scientist will ask, “What is your evidence?” And you declare “The authority of Scripture” to which he laughs in your face. The scientist asks if God can be understood with Empirical Evidence (the 5 senses). In other words: Can You See God? Can You Hear Him? Touch Him? Smell or Taste Him?
We answer: I have seen God work in my life. I have heard his word speak directly to me. I have felt his touch guiding me. I have tasted His goodness and mercy. I have taken in the aroma of his peace and faithfulness.
But how can you measure an immeasurable God? How can personal experience truly prove His existence.
Well. It can’t.
Empirically speaking: You will never drop a mountain of evidence in front of an unbeliever and prove God.
So it is by faith that you have come to know, see, and experience Him. But there is a secret that a Christian knows, that the scientist does not.
Answer this: Biblically speaking: 1) is seeing believing? OR2) is believing seeing?
The scientist retorts, “I’ll believe in a God when I see one.” …And he waits his whole life. YET he has seen Creation and the created order. He has tested and seen design and life’s complexity. He has even perhaps experienced individual signs, but counts any form of the supernatural to merely be coincidence, or serendipitous chance.
“Creation Declares His Glory”, the authority of Scripture declares that we are “without excuse” and actively “suppress” the truth.
The Christian says, “I believe in God, and thus have seen Him.” This seems totally counterintuitive to most Western people. You believe and then you understand? Isn’t that backwards? Don’t we understand and then believe? We look for evidence and then we believe what we see. Atheist Richard Dawkins said, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.” But, I could persuade you that even Mr. Dawkins has faith based assumptions, just like everyone else.
It’s interesting the phrase in Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand” follows shortly after another phrase, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Note carefully the verse is saying “Faith is…evidence” or another accurate way to translate the Greek here is “Faith is…proof.”
“It’s a fact that the universe was created by the word of God – a knowable fact we can have evidence and proof for, though ultimately speaking, faith is the means by which we get this all-important knowledge. The experience of your five senses (the basis of the scientific method) is important, but it’s not enough. Your five senses are useful in bringing you all kinds of data, but they can’t build you a tower all the way to heaven and give you some kind of scientific “proof” that God exists.
There does come a point at which you must simply believe what Romans 1 says you already know: that God exists.
If you want to understand – if you want proof – the Bible says “Believe” and the Chapter that says “by faith we understand” (Hebrews 11) is called “The Hall of Faith” because it lists dozens of people who bucked their cultures and maintained a rock-solid belief in realities they couldn’t see.”
To know God, the evidence is truly within the idea that “Believing is Seeing”