Can Atheists Disprove that God Exists?

Can Atheists Disprove that God Exists?

While atheists can try to give evidence that God does not exist, they cannot disprove that God exists.  Similarly, even though theists can give evidence that God does exist, we cannot prove that He does exist.  Despite this, a very good case can be built that shows that it is highly irrational to say that God does not exist.

Atheists have a difficulty if they want to try to show that God does not exist in that it is much easier to show that something does exist rather than that it does not exist.  Pretend that I have told you many things about my supposed friend George yet you have never seen or spoken to him.  In fact, the only reason you know about George is because I told you about him.  You have to decide for yourself if you will believe what I say.  I can tell you about George until your ears fall off, but it ultimately comes down to your personal decision whether you choose to believe that George exists or not.

This is the same thing with God.  Some people—such as myself—have a true friendship with God.  It would seem ridiculous to you if I tried to convince you that your best friend didn’t exist.  Because I have a friendship with God, it seems ridiculous to me that someone would say that God doesn’t exist.  But the great thing about God is that I don’t have to prove Him to you, He speaks for Himself in many different ways.

One way that God shows us He is real is through creation.  As Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork”.  His glory can be seen in that even though we humans think we are so important, we are but a pale blue dot in comparison to the rest of the universe.  Our world barely makes a mark in the solar system, and there is so much out there that we don’t know. 

And then our minds can once again be amazed when we consider the complexity of the smallest things in our universe.  Scientists used to consider the atom the smallest thing in the universe, but now we know that atoms are merely the beginning.  When before we thought we knew everything there was to know, now we have just started to understand how much stuff there is that we don’t understand about how the universe works.  Something of this complexity must have a Creator.

Another way in which He speaks to us is through the Bible.  It is in the Bible that we read that God loves us but hates our sin. He loves the person (John 3:16, Romans 5:8), but is unable to allow the sin into Heaven (Revelation 21:27).   It is in the Bible that we read about the life of Jesus and how He died to pay for sin (1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21).  God tells us in the Bible that “the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 ESV).

But perhaps the most direct way in which God spoke to us is by His Son.  The Son of God actually came down from Heaven and lived the life of a human from birth until death (John 1:14, Hebrews 1:2).  Many of His actions are recorded in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) all the way from His birth to His death to His resurrection and return to Heaven.  This God-man is not a mere imagination of a human author; He actually lived and died on this earth.

God has shown Himself to us in many ways, now it is the responsibility of each person to choose.  We must each choose to either believe what God says about Himself or to reject it.  But please, consider the evidence for yourself—in light of even these few items, how can someone rationally deny that God exists?

Anthony Elliott