In this article I am going to suggest that there may be clear proof that God exists. I am going to look at two sorts of proof: the kind of proof that is used in a court of law, and the kind of proof that is used in science.
Proving God exists in a court of law.
Not too long ago, I heard a brilliant sermon on evangelism. It was given by a friend, Rick Fletcher, who practised as a lawyer for many years and his main point was that, in a court of law, testimony is evidence. He said that, when we share the good news, all we really have to do is be witnesses, provide testimony or, to put it very simply, just talk with others about our walk with God. Our testimony may well be convincing.
This got me thinking. In a court of law something can be proved by the testimony of witnesses. If you get a number of credible people to stand up in court and say “This is what I witnessed” and if their testimonies agree, the judge or jury may be convinced and deliver their verdict accordingly. I know dozens, probably hundreds, of people who believe that they experience God in a very real way. Most of these are sensible, honest, intelligent people who hold responsible positions in society and who, therefore, would make very credible witnesses. Importantly, their experiences of God are very similar. If they stood up in a court and stated how they experienced God, they might well convince an independent-minded judge that their experiences are real and, therefore, that God exists.
Proving God exists using the scientific method.
I’ve thought a lot about whether God’s existence could be proved scientifically. I think it could.
I was discussing this with another friend, not a Christian, who pointed out that science is based on observation, evaluation and experimentation and that the spiritual experience cannot be tested in this way. On reflection, I would have to disagree. My trust in God is based on observation, evaluation and experimentation. Early on in my walk with God, I trusted him a bit and found that I was safe doing so. So, I trusted a bit more. I experimented with trust in God and found that trust in God worked.
In the scientific method, it is important that an experiment can be replicated. Can my experiments in trusting God be replicated? I think it’s happening all the time. Indeed, I myself am replicating experiments carried out by many others over thousands of years. I could list many, many people whose experiments I have replicated with the same happy results. King David and Henri Nouwen to name but two.
Science studies things for which there is no clear and obvious explanation and tries to find an explanation. There is no clear and obvious explanation for the millions of people on this planet who sincerely believe that they experience God. Some of these people are, undoubtedly and unfortunately, suffering from mental illness. But many appear to be just sensible, ordinary human beings. It would be interesting to see what would happen if independent-minded scientists investigated this phenomenon.
I wonder what conclusions they would reach.