Can anyone prove there is a God?

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Is There a God?

I was an atheist at one time. And like many atheists, the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly. What is it about atheists that we would spend so much time, attention, and energy refuting something that we don’t believe even exists? What causes us to do that?

When I was an atheist, I attributed my intentions as caring for those poor, delusional people…to help them realize their hope was completely ill-founded. To be honest, I also had another motive. As I challenged those who believed in God, I was deeply curious to see if they could convince me otherwise. Part of my quest was to become free from the question of God. If I could conclusively prove to believers that they were wrong, then the issue is off the table, and I would be free to go about my life.

I didn’t realize that the reason the topic of God weighed so heavily on my mind, was because God was pressing the issue. I have come to find out that God wants to be known. He created us with the intention that we would know him. He has surrounded us with evidence of himself and he keeps the question of his existence squarely before us. It was as if I couldn’t escape thinking about the possibility of God.

In fact, the day I chose to acknowledge God’s existence, my prayer began with, “Ok, you win…” It might be that the underlying reason atheists are bothered by people believing in God is because God is actively pursuing them.

I am not the only one who has experienced this. Malcolm Muggeridge, socialist and philosophical author, wrote, “I had a notion that somehow, besides questing, I was being pursued.”

C.S. Lewis said he remembered, “…night after night, feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England.”

Lewis went on to write a book titled, Surprised by Joy as a result of knowing God.

I too had no expectations other than rightfully admitting God’s existence. Yet over the following several months, I became amazed by his love for me.

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Categories: Apologetics, Christianity

27 replies

  1. He does keep pressing sometimes, doesn’t He James. I like that, “ok, you win line.” Sounds like a memory almost. I didn’t know anything about anything when I was saved. I might as well have been an eight year old boy for all I truly understood. It was, to say the least, very basic. But, I sure got the important points clearly. Sin, separation, repentance, love and forgiveness. All it took was simply admitting I was wrong.

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  2. Ahhh, great post. When God comes after you, it really is like being pursued. Women tend to talk about being wooed. One young girl spoke of how she felt like God was stalking her, which gave me a chuckle. God really does love us and desires a relationship with us. He is usually quite gentle about it, but often rather persistent. 😉

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    • Hey IB, fancy meeting you here! I’m glad God was gentle with you. He pretty much beat the tar out of me to tell the truth. I may have been more arrogant than the average person in my self reliance, so gentle didn’t work so good. Being torn down to nothing seemed to get the job done, though.

      But, the love was still there, He showed that clearly as He went with me as I rebuilt some of the things that were torn down. Still goes with me, as some things are not completely restored. But, He’s on it.

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      • People take all kinds of paths on their way to finding God, it’s something that has always amazed me.

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      • Ha! Okay Wally, “gentle” from God’s end of things anyway. To call a close encounter of the
        God-kind “gentle” is a poor choice of words to say the least. It’s just that considering He could squash us like a bug, I’m rather impressed by how gentle He is, how careful with our psyches, how He gently layers one seed upon another. We usually try to run away from Him when what we really need to do is run towards Him.

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    • Stalking gave me a chuckle too. God pretty much left me alone for years then, gently persuaded me.

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  3. I really like this post. thank you for this.

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  4. There’s no proof of God because everything is based upon faith. If you had proof you wouldn’t need faith.
    Then there is St Anselm’s argument. Only Doubting Thomas had the real proof.
    Leslie

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  5. Thank you for this post,

    Evolutionary psychologists think “survival” was a bigger factor in our evolution than was “truth.” Given that natural explainations are available for supernatural “belief,” and that such beliefs are predicted by evolution and have been experienced throughout human history all over the world (e.g. people who hold other religious beliefs that seem to be caused by psychological effects from indoctrination and/or motivated reasoning coupled with the human tendency for superstition), my question is the following. How can we distinguish a “supernatural call from God” from “our imaginations.”

    Gentleness and respect,
    —Russell

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    • Hey Russell,

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I have been traveling all day so it to a while to get back.

      I’ll start with the question at the end if that’s OK.

      Simple answer is that you can tell God is speaking to you if what He says matches what Scripture teaches.

      More complex answer is that God’s voice isn’t the only one we can hear. We also hear the voices of our own self (imagination) and the enemy. Discerning the enemy’s voice is relatively simple: It will always contradict Scripture, have a bent towards selfishness, or hold an ulterior motive. The key to hearing God is discerning between His voice and our own, and this familiarity largely comes through practice.

      For example: When I lived in Texas, the news reported that a local man cut off his hand and cooked it on his grill because God told him to. He cited the verse about cutting off your hand if it causes you to sin. In-line with a twisting of Scripture and obviously not a call from God. Was he a little off somehow? Probably but he thought he was sincere.

      Anway, people who are in a relationship with God and study God’s Word know God is real and the relationship is not a product of the imagination.

      This might be hard to understand, there was a time when I didn’t get or believe it either.

      Hope this all makes sense, like I said, I’ve been traveling all day and I’m a little wiped.

      James

      PS. Although I’ve never commented, I’ve been to your blog a few times. Good stuff 🙂

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      • Hi again,

        Sorry for the delayed response. Thank you for trying to answer. My question was, “How can we distinguish ‘a supernatural call from God’ from our ‘imaginations’?” It sounds like your answer is that if our minds come up with a thought or belief that is in line with some accurate interpretation of scripture, it is from God. I’m not seeing an answer in there but I’m operating on little sleep.

        Don’t we often believe things that are in line with the teachings of the Quran or the Book or Mormon? Does that demonstrate that those thoughts and beliefs are given to use by a God that exists? If not, how can we use the same logic to conclude that our beliefs that are in-line with the Bible must be from a God? Is it really possible to know a God is creating those thoughts rather than just our minds coming up with thoughts that happen to be in line with our interpretation of the Bible?

        How can we actually distinguish “a supernatural call from God” from our “imaginations?”

        Thanks again! 🙂

        Gentleness and respect,
        –Russell

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  6. “God was pressing the issue.” I wonder how many folks have said this about the God of Islam?

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  7. Reblogged this on Chaplain + Entrepreneur = Chaplapreneur and commented:

    James,
    Great insight and a much needed testimony for this age of skepticism that we live in.

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  8. Wow! This is powerful. Great personal “it’s-okay-to-doubt-and search” witness because God is actually INTENDING to be found.

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  9. Good post! I just happen to be reading “Surprised By Joy” right now (discovered on a charity shop book shelf while looking for something else).

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  10. Great read! God seemed to be present throughout my life..it was me who didn’t acknowledge Him..and you asked why do atheists refute the existence of God? Hmm..I want to say maybe out of fear..we fear what we don’t know..and that goes for alot of things. Anyway..this was a great post!

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  11. Good post. Controversial but powerful.

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