This is one of the most important questions a person can consider. Your belief in the existence
of God has enormous implications on your views of life, humanity, morality, and destiny. C.S.
Lewis explained the existence of God when he said that the very fact that human beings have a
universal set of morals (stealing is bad, murder is bad, etc.) points to a higher universal being
laying out a universal set of morals. I would like to share three reasons why life would be
meaningless without God and why God’s existence makes a difference.
1. If God does not exist, life is ultimately meaningless. If your life is doomed to end in
death, then ultimately it does not matter how you live. In the end it makes no ultimate
difference whether you existed or not. Mankind without God is doomed to perish in the
heat death of the universe. If atheism is true, life is ultimately meaningless.
2. If God does not exist, then we must ultimately live without hope. If God does not exist,
then we are locked without hope in a world filled with gratuitous and unredeemed
suffering, and there is no hope for deliverance from evil..
3. On the other hand, if God does exist, then not only is there meaning and hope, but there
is also the possibility of coming to know God and His love personally. Think of it! That
the infinite God should love you and want to be your personal friend! If God exists, it
makes not only a tremendous difference for mankind in general, but it could make a life
changing difference for you as well.
Now admittedly none of this shows that God exists. But it does show that it makes a
tremendous difference whether God exists. Therefore, even if the evidence for and against the
existence of God were absolutely equal, the rational thing to do, I think, is to believe in Him. It
seems to me positively irrational when the evidence is equal to prefer death, futility, and
despair over hope, meaningfulness and happiness. But, I don’t think the evidence is absolutely
equal. I think there are good reasons to believe in God.
Even more to the point here is what I believe to be the Biblical assessment of this issue. The
universe itself cries out to a creator in, Psalms 19:1-4 “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day
pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there
words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to
the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun.” Psalms 19 shows that God has
placed innumerable witnesses to Himself throughout His creation which are impossible for
mankind to refute. In (Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his
invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived,
ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without
excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but
they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be
wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling
mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.) it states explicitly that “consciousness
of God” is universal, while in (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 I have seen the business that God has
given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done
from the beginning to the end.) it explains that this is because God has placed the spark of
eternity in the heart of every human being.
In my reading scripture, I believe God created all mankind with an innate capacity for
understanding and appreciating Him. Though I believe it states very clearly in, (Ecclesiastes
3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart,
yet so that He cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.) that man will
never fully know God and His ways, but that we should seek Him, in the hope of finding Him.
Act 17:27 “That they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him
and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.” More than this, He also brings
every person to the point of recognizing His existence at some time in their life, for it is His
desire for all to know Him and choose Him. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good, and it is pleasing
in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge
of the truth.” 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach
repentance.” The Bible is very clear that one day everybody will have had a chance to have