9 Responses to the "Why Should I Believe in God?" Question

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Recently I spent some time studying to teach a group of High School students about:

#1 – Being compelled to share their faith

#2 – 9 Responses to the “Why should I believe in God?” question

So I studied a book I found very helpful titled Without A Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples.  You can find it on Amazon for $20.  In my study I just spent time perusing through the first chapter.  What I found was very difficult to put into words.  I tried anyway and found that I needed to take some time and simplify my research.  I want to be clear and note the author (Kenneth Richard Sample) of the book I used for my findings as the source of information.  I would encourage you to pick up the book and read it.  If you have trouble with it shoot me an email and I’ll see if I can help you.

I led our session together with a message on “being compelled” by God to share your faith.  I think it is extremely important to mention that here, as it is imperative to me that you understand my heart in the matter.  Many times studies in apologetics can quickly become argumentative and abrasive.  Please know that my heart in writing this synopsis is to aid those with a belief in God in the way of helping them strengthen their faith and  understand how to respond to critics.  The hope is that when we respond reasonably to people they will be interested in engaging in a spiritual conversation with us.

Question I attempted to answer:

*Why Should I Believe in God?

Here are The 9 Responses to the “Why Should I Believe in God?” Question:

#1 – It is more reasonable to believe that God created the Universe

#2 – How else do you explain the order of the universe?

#3 – If all truth doesn’t come from God, where does it come from?

#4 – Who else sets the boundaries on moral values?

#5 – Why do people care about the afterlife?

#6 – How do you explain why most people think there is a God?

#7 – How and why are we all here?

#8 – How else can anyone explain the miracles of Jesus?

#9 – What makes life meaningful?

9 Reasons Expanded:

#1 – It is more reasonable to believe that God created the Universe

Most scientists believe in the big bang theory and it suggests the universe is not eternal but had a starting point.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics supports the idea that universe had a beginning.  It does this in the way of explaining that the energy in the universe must come to a ultimate boiling point called "Thermal Equilibrium".  In layman’s terms this means that at some point the energy in the universe should come to a point where all energy manifests the same temperature therefore causing all physical activity to cease.  The point is that if the universe had always been in existence this event would have already happened due its constant expansion.

Furthermore Aristotle first introduced what is known as the Cosmological Argument which became what is known as Kalam’s Cosmological Argument, which suggests:

(1) Whatever begins to exist has a cause for its coming into being

(2) The universe began to exist

(3) Therefore, the universe has a cause for its coming into being

#2 – How else do you explain the order of the universe?

Even atheists would agree that the universe and everything in it exhibit great order & complexity.  Therefore without the belief in God how can someone account for the incredible complexity of the natural order of the universe?  It is statistically more likely that God created everything in the universe than idea of creation happening out of nothing for any unintentional cause.

#3 – If all truth doesn't come from God, where does it come from?

Without believing in God how can you account for the great complexities of the abstract, nonphysical realities we have in our world?  Even logic needs a foundation beyond the human mind.  So where does it begin?  What is the foundation?  I don’t believe the world has a sufficient answer for the questions that involve the supernatural.  Those who believe in God do.

#4 – Who else sets the boundaries on moral values?

All human beings have within them the need for a moral compass.  Somehow and for some reason we are all born with the idea that a definite “right” & “wrong” exist.  Over the years we learn shades of gray but we still need a starting point from which we begin to lean this way or that.  So the questions become 1) how do you know what is right and wrong? 2) who determines what is right and what is wrong?  3) Is that the responsibility of a collective group of people?  4) how many people can set the rules?  How does a person answer the question of who sets the moral boundaries without a belief in God?  The truth is without God it is impossible to define moral boundary lines.

#5 – Why do people care about the afterlife?

We are all born with the idea that meaning, purpose, and significance exists in this life.  It is an internal drive that human beings sense and yearn for.  With the belief in God we know we have a purpose to fulfill.  Without the belief in God where does meaning, significance & purpose come from?  We know we can find life in knowing God and begin the pursuit of a life with Him and for Him.  Other questions also arise like 1) where do we go when we die?  and 2) why do we even care?  These are the questions that have plagued humanity from the dawn of time.  Those who believe in God know that the scripture teaches that God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

This is what we know:

First:  All human beings have an intuitive sense they have purpose

Second:  People yearn for meaning and purpose after death

Third:  If the world is without meaning,  life without God would have no meaning as well

#6 – How do you explain why most people think there is a God?

It is undeniable that people have a deep sense that a God exists.  Many religions have been created throughout human existence and all have been in pursuit of a divine being.  This pursuit accounts for the deep seated desire we all have that something is out there.  This something is responsible for our quest for the divine.  This divine being therefore must be knowable and must have some purpose for our lives.  If there were no God why would human beings have that?

Those who believe in God can count on this passage in scripture:

Ps. 19:1-4

1The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

#7 – How and why are we all here?

One of the greatest mysteries that plague humanity is… why?  Why are we all here?  What does it all mean?  Who or what can account for the mystery of our existence?  Without the belief in God we are left to the notion that we are all here simply because of an unintended organic evolutionary incident.  The short answer is “it just happened”.  How can that be?!  How can it be possible that all incredible people in the entire world throughout the whole of history be products of an unintended incident?  The easy answer is that it can’t.  The belief in God presents a whole and other perspective for this worlds’ greatest riddle.  Humanity was created for God’s purpose and pleasure (Ephesians 2:10; Revelation 4:11).

#8 – How else can anyone explain the miracles of Jesus?

The life and actions of Jesus Christ is one of the most debated and curious events today.  The validity of Jesus’ claims and  existence is constantly called into question.  Yet even though Jesus is questioned his claims and actiosn cannot be completely refuted.  The question then becomes “how can we account for Jesus?”.  God answers all of the truth claims that Jesus made and explains the miraculous power He had on earth.  A world without God would have to explain all of the testimonials and accounts people gave of the miraculous works and truth claims of Jesus

#9 – What makes life meaningful?

The world is full of meaningful reality.  People find joy in life all the time.  If God didn't create or design it all than it in fact all just… happened.  Though a person may find temporary happiness, a world without meaning built on meaningless things is meaningless.  Therefore in a meaningless world everything is meaningless.  Life then becomes something that happens without purpose, without the idea of an afterlife, without meaningful relationships.  Everything then leads to nothingness.  I just can’t believe that.  As I've already said the world was has within it great meaning, creativity, joy and purpose.  We know this is true because it is deeply implanted within the fabric of the human soul.  A world built by a Creator, God, offers much meaning thereby giving life more meaning than people can comprehend.

I know this is a ton of information and maybe difficult for people as they wrestle with it.  It is difficult for me to wrap my mind around all of the technical, physical and metaphysical arguments as well.  I invite you to leave comments and ask questions.  I will do my best to answer them.