“Does God exist?” This is a question that has been around for ages. Debates on the existence of God abound. Whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or formal debates between academic scholars, people have been discussing God for centuries.
However, in this post I’d like to make the argument that God can’t not exist. Put positively: God has to exist. I’d like to do so by pointing to three main areas: truth, morality, and beauty.
The culture today is widely inconsistent yet they don’t even know (although I’m sure some do). When we bring up truth, skeptics declare that truth is relative and is not knowable. However, in order for someone to make that definitive statement, he or she must have knowledge about truth. How can you have knowledge about truth when you just said truth is unknowable?
The truth about truth is that truth is objective (say that sentences five times fast!). It is absolute. This simply means that, for example, 2+2=4 anywhere you go and whatever generation you live in. Truth is not based on one’s personal preference.
Truth is objective because, ultimately, truth is grounded in the character of God Himself. Truth is knowable because God communicates to and with us. All truth is God’s truth. No truth exists outside of God’s control. We can know something for certain because we have an objective standard, that is, God.
The problem is people attempt to say truth is relative, but they cannot function that way. Nobody does. There’s not a person on God’s green earth that consistently lives out relative truth. It’s impossible, and that’s because we weren’t wired to live as though truth is subjective. We can’t get away from it. God has made Himself known (Romans 1).
What Hitler did was wicked. Any skeptic cannot definitively affirm that unless he or she (inconsistently) believes morality is objective. Subjective morality is no morality—do we not understand this? It’s the same issue as truth. If you reduce morality to mere societal or personal preferences, you throw any moral superiority out the window. At that point, you cannot reasonably claim anything is right or wrong. At that point there are not “oughts.”
Christians—or at the very least theists—can make the definitive claim that morality is objective. We can do so because God is the ultimate standard that exists outside of mere preferences. All morality comes directly from God’s character, just as truth does.
God is holy. This doesn’t merely mean He is wholly pure in every sense of the word, but that He is completely other than humans. There are many ways God is like us—which is known as His communicative attributes—but Him being perfectly holy is not one of them (unless you say for those who are in Christ!). The holiness of God precedes the morality of men.
Just like with truth, people cannot consistently live our moral relativity. Awhile back a person gave a question to RC Sproul, which was How do I convince my brother that sin is real? (I imagine this person also believed in subjective morality.) RC Sproul, being the quick-witted man he was, said: “Steal his wallet.” It was a funny response but he made a valid point. People say morality is subjective—that it’s based on mere preferences—but when it becomes personal, things change.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” they say. There is certainly truth to this, no question. However, we cannot say that there is not some objective standard of beauty. How can we call anything beautiful if we do not know what beauty is in the first place? If there’s not an objective standard of beauty — how do we even know the definition of it?
God is beautiful. He is the ultimate standard of beauty. Jonathan Edwards was entranced by this. “God is God,” he writes in his Religious Affections, “and distinguished from all other beings, and exalted above ‘em, chiefly by His divine beauty, which is infinitely diverse from all other beauty” (source).
The beauty of God is marvelous. It is “distinguished from all other beings.” The beauty we see in nature, art, music, or fellow humans is because God is beautiful. He is the artist, the Creator. We can’t know true beauty apart from God.
God Has to Exist
Men will continue to go on and on about God how doesn’t exist. Let them. God will have the last word. But in His written Word He knows they see Him (Romans 1). They know He’s there. God is the necessary precondition for everything. Nothing would make sense without the knowledge of God. In fact, to borrow from John Calvin in his Institutes: “For, in the first place, no man can survey himself without forthwith turning his thoughts towards the God in whom he lives and moves; because it is perfectly obvious, that the endowments which we possess cannot possibly be from ourselves; nay, that our very being is nothing else than subsistence in God alone.”
We need God in order for life to make sense. Apart from God, life falls apart, as He’s not only the Creator, but Sustainer.
Friends, God has to exist. It’s not wishful thinking nor blind faith. It’s not hoping for the best nor a shot in the dark. It’s simple reason, logic, and common sense.