Why I Believe in God – by Eliezer Gonzalez
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Eliezer Gonzalez
- New Testament
Dec 23, 2015 1988
I was recently asked why I believe in God. There are many ways to answer that question. Does one go to the rational and traditional apologetics arguments? Or do you talk about the personal convincing evidences of God in your life?
Here are the three reasons that I gave. They are some “reasons of the heart,” if you like. They are not where I would necessarily start if I were debating with an atheist, but they seemed, among many reasons, the most personally relevant to me at the time:
1. I believe in God because this world is exactly what I would expect it to be if there were a God.
The universe’s fundamental constants fall within a narrow range that is compatible with life. Today there are 38 recognised cosmic constants. Of these, the most sensitive is the space energy density (the self-stretching property of the universe). Its value cannot vary by more than one part in 10120. Many more examples could be given.
It certainly looks like the universe and this world have been finely tuned to support life. However, I mean more than just what has been called the “Anthropic Principle.” I mean that the world is just what is should be if what God says is true.
People look at the suffering and evil in the world and see it as evidence that there is no God. On the contrary, I see it as evidence for the existence of God, because God tells us that we live in a world that was once perfect and beautiful in every way, but that has now been taken hostage by a cosmic enemy. And so amidst the beauty of God’s creation, I see the devastation and chaos of evil in the world. This points me clearly to the truth of what God has said as the best explanation for the world that I see around me.
2. I believe in God because I am exactly what I would expect it to be if there were a God.
But more than that, what God has said is the very best explanation of who I am.
Within myself I feel the stirrings of the noblest and highest aspirations, yet my ability to reach these is sadly tragically lacking. I find that in spite of my greatest desires, I am a sinner, unable through my performance to be entirely whom I want to be. Of course I am a Christian, but this is often reflected in the lives of both believers in symptoms such as loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
Still, my life has purpose, meaning, and focus because of God. And I have had many experiences of his guidance and strength in my life.
God’s narrative and explanation of who I am is the best way of understanding my own identity. For me, that clearly points to the existence of God.
3. I believe in God because he is better than anything my corrupt mind could imagine.
No atheist could conceive of a God as good, as merciful, as compassionate, and as loving, as the God of the Bible, and the God who has revealed Himself to me. Not even as an abstract concept could a mind made up of the random collisions of molecules over millions of years think of such pure goodness as God is.
Neither, has any religion that has ever existed on the face of the earth conceived of such a God as is revealed in Jesus Christ. They can conceive of perfection, justice, and law, and concepts such as these, but never can they conceive of a love such as the Gospel reveals.
For me, the fact that the goodness of the character of God is so far beyond what my mind can imagine is evidence for the existence of God.
Psalm 86:5 (NLT) says…
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
As Martin Luther King said,
When I look at myself I wonder how I could ever be saved.
When I look at God I wonder how I could ever be lost.
– Eliezer Gonzalez