Why should I believe in God when no one can prove he exists?
God is spirit. We cannot see, hear, or touch spirit. Therefore, we cannotsee, hear, or touch God -- at least not directly. That is why he gave us hisWord, the Bible. And that is why we must look at Jesus to see God.Lots of things cannot be "proven" through the scientific method. Love, forexample, cannot be weighed on a scale or poured into a test tube. Andyet we know love is as real as anything in this world. People setthemselves against tremendous odds, endure tremendous hardships, gotremendous distances -- all in the name of love. The greatest example of love, of course, is God's love for us: "For this is the way God loved theworld: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes inhim will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
In addition, while there may be little direct evidence for God's existence,there is much indirect or circumstantial evidence:
The universe must have had a beginning -- and hence a"beginner."
Complicated design -- that is, evidence of an intelligent designer --is found throughout all of nature, even down to the DNA within asingle cell.
Certain moral laws -- against murder, rape, stealing, lying, etc. --have been and still are accepted by many and various culturesaround the world.
Why isn't general revelation enough?
By itself general revelation is limited for at least two reasons: 1) "due to their fallen condition," humanbeings "suppress this knowledge and pervert its message," and 2) general revelation cannot provethat the God spoken of in the Bible actually exists.
In addition, if all we had to go by was generalrevelation, we could reach some very misleading conclusions. For example, without knowing anythingelse about God, all the pain, suffering, and evil in the world could easily lead us to conclude that thebeing who created this world is unloving, powerless, or both.
General revelation lays the foundation for special revelation, which is God's communication of himselfin a particular sense. This is what can be known of God through his many personal encounters. Asrecorded in the Bible, God communicated directly with such individuals as Abraham, Moses, and theOT prophets of Israel. God's ultimate revelation, however, came with the appearance of Jesus Christ.Through Jesus, God made himself known as never before.Jesus' many miracles, his sacrificial death, and his resurrection from the dead verified his teachingsand made a way for us to enter into a personal relationship with God. This is the message thefollowers of Jesus (the first Christians) took to all the world beginning in the first century AD/CE.
After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, inthese last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom hecreated the world. The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence, and he sustains