Does God Really Exist?

Dan Lenington on November 25, 2015

When I was working at a fast food restaurant at the age of 15, I remember an interesting conversation with another co-worker who was an atheist. I was explaining to him that I felt the design in creation was evidence for an intelligent designer namely the God of the Bible. He then asked me if God were the creator, then where did He come from? Who made Him? I promptly said that no one created Him. He has existed from eternity. His next question was, "Well if you can say God has always existed, why can't I just say that an amoeba or the entire universe has always existed." That really stumped me and I walked away unsure of how to answer. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that the light bulb moment happened and God used a combination of Christian writers like Ken Ham and Francis Schaeffer with His amazingly relevant Word to help me formulate an answer to this question. The basic question is What was in the beginning, God or the universe and why does it matter? It matters because if God was in the beginning, He owns us, and we are accountable to Him. If the universe was in the beginning, we can do whatever we want and there is no right or wrong including murder, rape, and child abuse.

So was the universe eternal or was it made? Hebrews 3:4 reminds us that every house has a builder. So if something begins to exist it must have been caused to exist based upon the simple law of cause and effect. Without the law of cause and effect, science is meaningless. The universe began to exist because we can observe it physically wearing down with time. Psalm 102:25-26 tells us the same thing as the 2nd law of Thermodynamics, that systems naturally move toward greater entropy or disorder. "Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed." So because the universe is clearly not self-sustaining, it had to have a beginning. Becaues it had to have a beginning, it must have been caused to exist by a force outside of it. Genesis 1:1 tells us that God was in the beginning before the universe came into being and He caused it to begin.

But what about God? Didn't He need to be caused to exist perhaps by some bigger god before Him? First, He tells us emphatically in Isaiah 43:10-11 that He is the only God there is or ever was. "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior." The name LORD means the eternal self-existent one. By His own description, God is not a physical being (John 4:24). He is timeless, and self-sustaining (Psalm 90:1-2, 4). So because He is not physically running down like the universe is, He doesn't require a beginning like the universe does. Hebrews 1:10-12 quotes from Psalm 102 to remind us again of the contrast between God and His creation. It will eventually wear out but He will continue eternally. So because God doesn't need a beginning (since He is a self-sustaining spirit), He didn't need to be caused to exist. In other words, logically, His nature makes Him exempt from the natural laws that govern our universe.

So an eternal, self-sustaining God who is a spirit is the only adequate cause for our physical universe. His intelligence is also the only adequate explanation for the amazing amount of information contained in DNA which makes life function. Matter cannot make information, it can only follow it. I wish I had understood these biblical points back in high school so that I could answer my friend. I hope to equip this generation to answer the challenges of the skeptics. For more information listen to the message under the church staff page entitled Does God Really Exist. Lets be bold and confident in our faith as it truly is a superior worldview to atheism and evolution.