The existence of God?


This is a question that has cropped up time and again while doing some work in a secondary school. Teenagers so convinced that what they are living is life, that everything that can be explained using the Simpsons. I remember one boy saying, “Jamie, I don’t believe in God, I believe in evolution!” I then asked him what evolution was. He had no idea. Another common question is, “who created God?”

This has made me think for a while now. What is the answer to that question?

I have no intention of answering this question, at least not in depth. Instead I want to present little appetisers, to help get a taste for finding these kind of things out.

We must remember that God is God, not us. His characteristics are eternal, so he can not have been created. Also, if God was created he would not be God! How can God be created? He can’t. 

I guess what is important to remember is that sin has blinded us. Psalm 10:3-4 says…

“He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”

Romans tells us that we are without excuse for not believing in him through the evidence of creation (Rom 1:20).

But what I want to stress the most is that only God can overcome our sin and enable us to be persuaded of his existence. (2 Corinthians 4:4) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

(1 Corinthians 1:21) “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him.”

We are dependent on God to let us see him and his glory. Without God we must remain blind to the truth, blinded by our sin.

So I shouldn’t get bogged down trying to convince these teenagers that God exists with human wisdom, but I need to point to Jesus. Fully God but also man, came to this earth, lived the perfect life, died the perfect death. If people cannot believe in God when he came to earth to walk amongst us, we cannot expect to prove God’s existence with our own intelligence.


am Jamie, and I am a Christ follower. I love Jesus but more importantly he loves me and made the ultimate sacrifice of his son so that all the things I have done, and will do, have been forgiven. And now I know God, and I pursue to know him more. Motivated and transformed by his grace I live for God, to glorify him by enjoying him.

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