Prove That God Exists

November 1st, 2010

I am a Christian. People always tell me to prove that God exists. I always answer with, “prove to me that He doesn’t exist.” I posted that on Twitter. Most of the replies said something like, “Neither existence nor lack of such can be proven.” But one person answered in a way that not only shocked me, but honestly set me off a little bit. So much that I wasn’t sure how to reply. This person answered with, “Starving children. Homeless people. War. The economy.” I am sure there were more bad things listed, but I tweet too much to look for the tweet.

I was so unsettled that I looked through the Bible for a Biblical answer to this tweet. I asked someone who went to college to guide students in their faith, a good friend of mine, and searched my own mind to find an answer. A few days later, I was with my dad, who gave me an answer so simple, I felt a little embarrassed that I couldn’t have come up with it myself.

We will get to his exact words in a bit. Fast forward about a month. I was given the chance to see Ken Davis speak, and I was really excited about it. I had heard he was hilarious and a great inspiration. Let me tell you, he lived up to those expectations. Right before intermission, he asked the people on the ends of the rows of seats to look next to them.

There was a packet of papers, along with a picture of a child that could be sponsored. He told about a few children that he has sponsored and gotten the chance to meet. It was so sad to see these children with so little. Literally fighting for their lives. He asked us to consider sponsoring a child. He told us not to keep the packet unless we are going to commit to sponsoring that child. It was okay with him and everyone around us to pass it along.

One of the packets made its way into my hands. I thought, “I really can’t afford this… I have so much to pay for already.” I looked at the face of that child and passed it along. During intermission, I felt like I shouldn’t have passed that packet, but passed it off as feeling awful that children are suffering and dying.

The next day I listened to a couple CDs of Ken talking on different subjects while I drove 5 hours to my uncle’s house. One was “Super Sheep.” One thing I learned — Sheep are geeky. Haha. Off topic again, but I loved that Ken called sheep geeky. The other was …. Ah, the name of the CD escapes me. The CDs are in my car, but it is cold. Anyway, on one of them, Ken talked about the burning bush. If you don’t know what I am talking about, open your Bible and take a look at Exodus 3. Don’t have a Bible? Look it up on the internet. If you have the internet, or even a smart phone, you have no excuse to not have access to the Bible in some form.

In Exodus 3, God tells Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses made excuses; trying to get out of it, I suppose. Not fully trusting that God knew what He was doing. As I sat in my car listening to Ken’s comical way of telling about this, I laughed a lot. It was hilarious.

Fast forward to this morning. I dropped my son off at daycare, and stopped to get a mocha before heading to work. As I stood there waiting to taste the chocolate and feel the caffeine zap me awake, I started to think about my weekend. I remembered Ken on stage and hearing about the children of the world who are starving. Suddenly, it hit me. Like a stack of bricks, to be honest.

On Saturday evening, sitting in that seat, hearing about the children, I was being Moses. I made an excuse not to sponsor a child. Here I was, standing in my nice work clothes, giving my money to someone for something that is really a luxury. I didn’t need caffeine.

I know God was there this morning, because I instantly thought of the day I told Twitter to prove to me that God doesn’t exist, and the person who said, “starving children.” I also thought of my dad’s words, “It isn’t a lack of God that bad things exist. It is sin. We have the means to feed every person in this world. We choose not to let go of our comfy lives, our selfish ways.” Simply put: I drink a mocha, but I could be feeding a child. Putting all of this together, I knew how to answer that statement, and how to put this all into a blog.

I don’t need Bible verses to show the world that bad things are not a sign of no God. We have what it takes to stop the hurting, the starvation, homelessness and orphaned children. Unfortunately, we are humans. From day one we are selfish. “What about me? Give it to me. I need to eat. Hold me.” Fix this for me. God gives us what it takes to take care of our neighbors. But we don’t share it with our neighbors. We keep it clenched so tight in our hands that sometimes it can’t even be torn from them without damage. We are selfish people. Like Ken said on Saturday night — We do not own anything. It is all God’s, who lends it to us for up to a lifetime.

I am happy to tell you that the packet going down the row wasn’t a lost chance at sponsoring a child. I went to Ken’s website and searched the main page, hoping to see anything about sponsoring. When I got to the bottom, I saw a clickable box that said, “sponsor a child.” I smiled, and clicked on it. After having God hit me over the head with a ton of bricks, I have no choice but to help in a way that I can. Giving up even half of the mochas in my life will feed a child. I think I can handle that.

I encourage you to go to Ken’s website and at least look into sponsoring a child. I will give you a direct link to the Compassion page, because I know some of you may use the excuse, “it was hard to find.” I don’t wanna hear it. Check this out: Compassion Page

Don’t tell me you can’t afford it. If you have the internet in your home, you have way more than these kids. We have more than we think we have… We just have to be willing to live a little less luxuriously to help out our neighbors. I always say, “Smile at a stranger, you never know if it will make a real difference.” Please consider making a difference to a small stranger.

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8 Responses to “Prove That God Exists”

  1. ken on November 3, 2010 10:52 am

    The question of how can there be a God if there is so much pain in the world is not new. The answer is not easily accepted by non-believers. It is not God who caused the pain it is man’s sin. Every sin, including those committed in God’s name, is at the source of the pain and suffering blamed on God. This question cannot be answered glibly or in a few words. I highly recommend Philip Yancey’s book, Where is God when it hurts? and his newest one which I am reading now “What good is God” His approach is thoughtful and considerate of those who doubt. Those readings will give you a solid foundation. Don’t be discouraged. Keep digging. The evidence for God far outweighs the alternative.

  2. Aaron on November 11, 2010 10:05 am

    Awesome post! And so true! One of the quotes that has stuck with me is an answer to the question asked by so many Christians, including me at one point, ‘If God is good, why do bad things happen?’Answer: “Who did He leave in charge?”-Bill Johnson.

    You have nailed it…We are God’s answer to so much of what happens in the world. Obviously, it is His power working through us, but He gives us the honor of having a hand in it. Great post! Keep posting! Keep Tweeting! 🙂

  3. Dave P. on November 11, 2010 11:16 pm

    Great post, Jae! As always, you have challenged me to think more deeply about some things that I often just casually pass off in the midst of a busy day. Thank you!

  4. adam on December 6, 2010 5:13 am

    you don’t have to give monetarily to support the less fortunate. Donating time can mean just as much as giving up your “mocha for a day” or whatever. Sometimes it’s just seeing that person that could use a smile, a kind word, an extra dollar. You can change a life at any time at any place. “I don’t care what you believe in, so long as you believe in something.” Even a “misplaced” belief can do some good, so don’t count those out either. Just believe, help, and reach out when you can. If nothing else, “Do a good turn daily”, or if you will, “pay it forward.” pick your poison, just do something. So long as it’s something, it’s not nothing.

  5. Edy Hate on December 30, 2010 11:47 pm

    Excellent !!!

  6. Kate on January 1, 2011 8:56 am

    This person answered with, “Starving children. Homeless people. War. The economy.” …..

    If the ultimate of bad exists, ie Satan then the opposite of that evil must also exist, ie God. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober and vigilant the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The devil is starving children. The devil is Homeless people. The devil is War. The devil is the bad economy.

    Even Aristotle, one of the world’s greatest thinkers of all time wrote of the existence of a “prime mover” ie a God who created it all.

    I could go on and on and on and on but I won’t for your sake…

    Good post!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Kate on January 1, 2011 8:56 am

    my twitter name is: @mommymonologues

  8. Nate Garrett on January 25, 2011 1:05 am

    Exactly! Jesus does want to ease the world’s suffering that is why he put us here and gave us his Spirit. When there is poverty or worse, we are to blame not Him.

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