Can you prove God?
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Can you prove God?

1. How can you prove the following?

 Emotions:   Love
 Science:   Air, 
 History:    Captain Cook 
 Spiritual Belief:  God

Not everything that we believe in, can be seen. 

2. Why can we not see God?

John 1:18 "No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like."

1 Timothy 6:16 "Only God lives for ever! And he lives in light that no one can come near. No human has ever seen God or ever can see him. God will be honoured, and his power will last for ever. Amen."

- God is invisible.
- God is too holy for us to exist in his presence.
- God is Spirit, People are part spirit part physical, tables etc. Are only physical. Thus, we have a foot in this world and a foot in eternity with God.
 

3. People cannot guess what God is like by themselves but need God to tell them what He is like.

1 Cor. 1:21  "God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him. Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach."

We are dependent on God's telling us about Himself for our knowledge of God. If God did not reveal Himself then we would have no true knowledge of God.
- Trying to see God is like trying to land on the sun.
- God is pure and our sinful nature can't survive in the presence of God.


Hints About God
4. What can we tell about God from creation? 

Romans 1:18-20 "From heaven God shows how angry he is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to crush the truth. They know everything that can be known about God, because God has shown it all to them. God's eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That's why those people don't have any excuse."

- God has revealed a little about himself through creation. That is his power and divine nature. But due to sin even this understanding is not  always accurate.
- Creation points to a creator. The size and complexity of the universe, points to his wisdom and power. 
- The creator has to always be greater than what is created.
Example: If you walked through the desert and a find an empty mansion. What could you tell about the owner? By looking at the possessions, clothes, furniture etc. you can detect the owner's tastes and interests etc. Thus we can learn about God from what he has made.

5. Can we prove that God made the world?

Hebrews 11:1, 3 "Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God's command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen."

- No. No one was in the beginning except God. Christians rely on what God has shared in the Bible, scientists add to this knowledge through research. (But remember science is not perfect)
- Science seeks to tell us how; the Bible tells us why.

God Spoke

Hebrews 1:1-3 "Long ago in many ways and at many times God's prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. But now at last God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will some day belong to the Son. God's Son has all the brightness of God's own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word he holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven."

- God spoke to prophets
- He confirmed this through the fact that every prophecy (prediction) in the Bible has come true.
- The ultimate proof of God is Jesus, who is God in human form.

Jesus is God in Human Form

God came down to earth as Jesus. Thus, Jesus was God in human form.  John 14:6-11  "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him."

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need."

Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father? Don't you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say is not said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things. Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me and that I am one with the Father. Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do."

- Jesus proved he was God by being sinless, by doing miracles, by fulfilling Old Testament prophecies and the biggest proof; dying and then coming to life again.

Example: If you were surrounded by ants and wanted to warn them of the fact that the building you are in is about to be burnt down; What could you do?  Yelling would not help, as they don't understand humans or English. If however, you could become an ant you would be able to communicate to them because you are now one of them. Jesus is God the Son who came down to earth as a human to tell and show us God. Jesus is 100% man and 100% God. Thus, the perfect go-between.
 

Fact, Feelings and Faith.
Is believing enough or does God want us to follow Him?

James 2:19 "You surely believe there is only one God. That's fine. Even demons believe this, and it makes them shake with fear."

-God wants us to respond; not just believe.


SUMMARY OF WHAT WE HAVE LEARNT
 We needed God to communicate to us. This He has done through creation and throughout history as He spoke to Prophets. Then through His Son Jesus Christ. We may try to guess what God is like but the best way to find out what He is like is to read how God describes Himself in the Bible. We know that looking at Jesus is the best way to understand God and Jesus proved he was God's Son by his miracles and the resurrection.