“Evidence”, or “proof”, uncovers truth. Therefore we can use evidence to prove God’s existence for our selves.
Here are two types of evidence or proof.
A. Nonphysical or Experiential proof: proof that we gain only through mental or inner experience rather than by physical observation. And which we can not demonstrate to others because the senses can not discern it. Thus others can not verify it. And we acquire this proof through our mental and inner faculties. And in the form of visions, dreams, inner inspiration and similar forms of experience. So we prove that this type of evidence does exist whenever we experience it, as mentioned above.
B. Physical or observational proof: proof that we gain only through physical observation. And which we can demonstrate to others because the senses can discern it. Thus others can verify it. And we acquire this proof when we study and observe physical objects and physical activity.
The first type, “A”, can only establish truth in the area of nonphysical reality. While the second type, “B”, can only establish truth in the area of physical reality. So, clearly, we can use only type “A” above to prove God’s existence. And only through type “A” above are we able to receive communication and benevolence from God.
Evidence proving God’s existence
Various places in the Bible show people receiving from God, benevolent acts, visions, dreams and inspiration. And all of these people are proving God’s existence during their experiences as mentioned above in “A”.
So below, I give several examples of some of these people and their moments of proving God’s existence.
• Luke 1:11-20, 26-38, 2:8-20; Matthew 1:18-25, 2:7-14; Acts 2:41,42, 9:1-7.
Also, Rene Descartes, the distinguished French philosopher and mathematician (1596 – 1650), proved God’s existence. And we can read it in a part of his philosophical work as named below.
• First Proof of the Existence of God in Meditation 3
• Second Proof of the Existence of God
Evidence: conditions for, and access to getting it
But are they any conditions that we must meet to be able to prove God’s existence? Yes, we must have faith (Hebrews 11:1) in him. And this faith must motivate us to daily keep the ten commandments. And also, we must live by the other aspects of God’s will for us.
So when we make God’s laws and will for us our daily way of life, God sends his spirit with us. John 14:21,23. And God answers our prayers. 1 Peter 3:12; 1 John 3:22; Proverbs 15:8,29; John 9:31; Psalm 34:15-17; Psalm 66:18,19. Thus, as God gives us these experiences we prove his existence.
So God taught Abraham his laws and his will, and Abraham lived by them. (Genesis 26:5) And Abraham was a friend of God (James 2:23) thus he proved God’s existence. Also, Abraham did this 430 years before God wrote down those laws, for the first time, for Moses and Israel.
And can we initiate the occurrence of such occasions of proof of God’s existence? Yes we can, and we do this whenever we ask God for a favour and he grants it to us. Thus we prove his existence. But we must qualify for this to happen by daily keeping the commandments and doing God’s will.
So we can prove that God exists. And we do prove that he exists whenever he communicates with us, and whenever he acts toward us. And this proof is clear. Also, daily this writer proves that God exists, and he testifies to daily experiencing what Christ says at Luke 17:21.
By Edward Fagan
This post fulfills a promise I made in the last post “Proof And God’s Existence: Briefly”. And there I promised to show in the next post (this post) how we can prove God’s existence.