Short Summary on Reasons for Belief in God

Over the next few months we will begin looking at a couple of different topics including the Trinity, different religions and their beliefs (as best as I can articulate since I am by no means an expert), key doctrines for Christianity, and even some controversial ones.

Today, we look at reasons for believing in God. Think of this if you only had 30 seconds and could only give 3 reasons. This isn’t about an exhaustive apologetics, but a very high-level short summary of why I believe in a Christian God.

REASONS FOR BELIEF IN GOD

There are many examples that could be used for reasons to believe in God. First, creation as a whole, including the universe, galaxies, earth, humans and all the smallest particles that make up all things, points to an intelligent design. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Ps 19:1, NIV). He placed the sun in the exact location it needed to be in order to provide warmth, light and life to the earth.[1] The odds are so minute that all this was done by chance, as some believe, that every day the world continues to reveal the glory of God.

Secondly, God is a loving Father. God’s aim in creating the world was God Himself.[2] Creation occurs so that the love of the Father might be shared. He is an attentive Father who knows all that is happening and all of our needs from the needs of a hungry child to the number of hairs on a person’s head. “The love and goodness of the triune God is the source of all love and goodness.” The human tendency to know right from wrong points to the moral law God put within us.

Finally, the greatest evidence for believing in the Christian God is shown in the life of His Son Jesus Christ. The Son is the image of God, “perfectly showing us what the Father is like.”[3] As God inspired Scripture through the Holy Spirit, all of Scripture points to Jesus that we might know Him. In Christ, the goodness and the love of God is shown to all people. The life, death and burial of Jesus shows just how far God is willing to go to show His love for all of us. The resurrection of Christ, as He predicted multiple times, provides proof of His deity. By way of the cross, God the Father’s love was truly exemplified to all people by the death of His only Son.

[1] Michael Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012), 62.

[2] Ibid, 48.

[3] Ibid, 43.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Reeves, Michael. Delighting in the Trinity. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012

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