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The Question of God’s Existence- Why Does it Matter?

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Several years ago, I wrote the following words in the flyleaf of my Bible: “If there is no God, then nothing really matters.  If there is a God, nothing else matters.”  I don’t recall where I heard it, but as far as I’m concerned this one statement covers all the bases in very few words- it really is the bottom line.  Notice that the question is not whether one believes in God, but rather, is there really a God? Does He really exist? This is the ultimate question, isn’t it?  It has to be the ultimate question because absolutely everything about your life and mine depends upon the answer to that question, whether the answer is “yes” or “no.”  All of the important, relevant questions that we ask about our lives are ultimately grounded in that question.  Where did we come from?  How did we get here?  Are we here by the purposive act of a Creator Who made us, or are we simply the product of random, blind forces of nature?  What is the purpose and meaning of life?  IS there any purpose or meaning to life?  What is the basis for ethics and morality?  On what basis do we determine what is right or wrong?  What about truth?  Is truth relative, or is there absolute truth?  If so, is there any way that we can discover it?  What happens to us when we die?  Does life simply terminate at the grave or will we survive the grave?  If we survive the grave what will become of us?  Where will we go after we die?  As I said, the question of God’s existence is the ultimate question.

When it comes to this question, there are many today who would tell us that it’s rather pointless for us to even ask such a question since there’s no way that we can ever really know.  Others would insist that such a question is a complete waste of time since we cannot know anything about God.  But to say that we can’t know anything about God is not only a cop-out, it’s self-contradictory.  After all, the person who says that we can’t know anything about God is actually claiming to “know” a lot of things about God!

For instance, they may be assuming that God is some “impersonal force” that lacks the ability to communicate with us.  Either that, or they are assuming that even if God is a personal Being Who can communicate with us, He is either too distant to do so, or else He simply doesn’t care to do so.  They are assuming that  none of the world’s religions nor any of the religious texts within those religions could ever be seriously considered as the means by which God has attempted to communicate with us.  And finally, they are assuming that God has not taken the initiative to reveal Himself to us in any way through the physical, material world that He created.

As I said, the question of whether or not God really exists is, by far, the most important question that anyone could ever ask.  With so much at stake, we dare not brush it aside or ignore it on the assumption that we “cannot know”.  Not only can we know, I am convinced that the answer to that question has been clearly revealed to us and is available to anyone and everyone who is willing to approach the evidence with an open mind.

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