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Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: Don Stewart :: Does the God of the Bible Exist?

Don Stewart :: Why Should We Give Arguments for the Existence of God If the Bible Itself Does Not Give Any?

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Why Should We Give Arguments for the Existence of God If the Bible Itself Does Not Give Any? Why Should We Do Something the Bible Does Not Do?

Does the God of the Bible Exist? – Question 4

Although the Bible does not give a series of arguments for God’s existence that does not mean that we cannot provide certain lines of evidence to prove that God exists.

Indeed, there are many reasons as to why we believe that the God of Scripture exists. While we believe that He exists by faith, it is certainly not “blind faith.”

Yet, it may be fairly asked, “Why should we attempt to provide arguments for God’s existence when the Scripture does not? Why should we attempt to do something that the Bible itself cannot do?” Three reasons come to mind.

1. Providing Evidence Can Help Convince Honest Seekers

First, we do so to show there is sufficient evidence to believe for those who are sincerely seeking the truth. People who may have some difficulty believing in God can be shown that faith in the God of the Bible is not irrational, or unreasonable.

To the contrary, placing ones faith in the God of Scripture is the only sensible thing to do when one examines all the evidence. Of course, there is no amount of evidence that will convince a person against their own will, or if that person wishes to live in sin. However, the evidence is there and the unbeliever should be confronted with these undeniable facts concerning God’s existence.

2. Looking at the Evidence Will Strengthen the Faith of Believers

Second, we provide reasons for God’s existence to strengthen those who already believe in Him. Faith increases when the Christian considers the overwhelming evidence for God’s existence. We know that we are not believing in Jesus Christ merely because we wish to believe it. There are solid reasons to embrace the Christian faith.

3. We Can Know God Better by Looking at the Evidence He Has Provided for His Existence

Finally, we look at the evidences for God’s existence in an effort to increase our knowledge about Him and His nature. The more we know about Him the more we will trust Him. Furthermore, knowing God better should cause us to be more like Him.

This, therefore, is extremely practical. What we believe and know about God will affect how we live. Therefore, a correct knowledge of God is essential. Sound belief should produce sound living.

In fact, the Bible commands believers to hold to sound doctrine. Paul wrote the following warning to Timothy about those who refuse to accept the truth of God.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires... (2 Timothy 4:3 NASB)

The translation, God’s Word, puts it this way.

A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3 God’s Word)

As our knowledge of God increases, we are not only further convinced that He exists we should become more like Him in our character and in our behavior.

Consequently, there are a number of benefits for believer and unbeliever alike in considering the evidence for God’s existence. Therefore, it is a subject we should indeed investigate.

Summary — Question 4
Why Should We Give Arguments for the Existence of God If the Bible Itself Does Not Give Any? Why Should We Do Something the Bible Does Not Do?

Although the Bible does not attempt to give proof of God’s existence, reasons can be brought forward to show that He does exist. There are a number of benefits of doing this.

For one thing, an examination of these evidences can help convince honest seekers that the God of Scripture does truly exist; He is not a figment of our imagination. It demonstrates that Christian faith is not blind faith but rather it is intelligent faith. In fact, one the evidence is examined it will be clear that it takes more faith not to believe than to believe.

In addition, those who already believe in His existence can have their faith strengthened when they discover the tremendous amount of evidence that is available. It is encouraging to realize the facts behind the claims of the Bible. This will give us further confidence in telling others about Him and His message of forgiveness of sin which He offers to the human race.

Finally, the more one knows about God and His nature, the greater the possibility of knowing Him better on a personal level. Indeed, the more we know about Him and how He works, the more we can trust Him with our own life. We can then become more like Him in our attitudes and our actions.

Thus, the examination of the existence of the God of the Bible has benefits for everyone. Consequently, it is a subject which we should pursue.

Does the Bible Attempt to Prove That the God of Scripture Actually Exists? ← Prior Section
What Is the Cosmological Argument for God's Existence? Next Section →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


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