kchel-sea asked you:
Hello! How does one prove the existence of God? I mean, I know God exists. But how do I explain that to those to the really smart, scientific people who need evidences and theories and such to believe? Sorry if this is a nonsense question, I just don’t know how to explain it to them. They don’t believe in a testimony, and they most certainly don’t think ‘faith’ is reliable. They say that there should be logic and science and philosophy and yeah….
Jed Brewer replied:
Great question! That isn’t nonsense at all.
I think that, sometimes, we can feel overwhelmed by our own inabilities. There are a lot of tough questions out there – “How do you know there’s a God?” “How do you know your religion is the right one?” “What if you’re wrong?” – and, when we face up to those tough questions, we realize that we don’t have an airtight response ready. And that can be really scary, because it makes us start wondering, “Man, what if I am wrong??”
Well, here’s the thing: nobody has an airtight answer for these questions. In fact, those kind of answers don’t exist. We could talk philosophy and theology and science all day, but we’re going to keep coming back to that sticky word, “faith.”
Faith believes because it does.
In that, faith is exactly like love. Love desires because it does.
It’s not that faith and proof can’t coexist; they just don’t have anything to do with each other. If you told a mother that her child was beautiful, she wouldn’t say, “Well, that’s reassuring!” No, she’d say, “You better believe it!”
So it is with faith. If you told a Godly person that science had just proven the existence of God, they wouldn’t sigh and say, “Wow, well that’s a relief!” They’d say, “Took ‘em long enough!”
With all that in mind, let’s return to your question. How does one prove the existence of God? Simple. You can’t. Now, of course, it should be said that your skeptical friends can’t disprove the existence of God either. And it seems a bit like that leaves us with a stalemate.
Except for one thing. The huge vast majority of people on this planet believe what they believe for emotional – not intellectual – reasons. In other words, people believe what feels true to them. If you grow up and encounter a bunch of mean-spirited people who all go to church, it would feel true that religion is a lie and there is no God. People believe in narratives, in stories, and stories are about emotion.
If you want to help your friends reconsider their views on God, you need to give them a new story to consider. And the one story you have control over is your own. Your life.
If you live a life that demonstrates – with actions, not words – the incredible love of God, the incredible grace of Jesus, and the overflowing joy of a Christian, your friends will take note. If you volunteer at the HIV clinic, they will notice. If you befriend the gay couple on your block and help them move their furniture, they will notice. If you are there for them when they need it and do so without judging or condemning, they will notice.
It may take a long time, but the story of your life will be swirling through their brain. And when they’re ready for something new, they’ll ask you how you managed to be the person that you are. And, at last, in that moment, you can tell them all about God, and you’ll find that they are more than ready to hear it.