Big Questions Section
This section includes answers to some big questions. We don’t claim to have the answers (only God has all the answers!) But we hope and pray this helps you and the young people you work with. These are not definitive and you may way disagree or be able to add more, but they hopefully act as an inspiration or starting point.
There are 18 questions answered here. We must credit “When Skeptics Ask” by Norman Geisler and “Cosmic Codes” by Chuck Missler, “It makes sense” by Stephen Gaukroger and the website http://carm.org/ (Christian Research and Apologetics Ministry). We’ve tried our very best to give easy answers to the questions and then more advanced / detailed answers and even further study.
Evidence for God. Does God really exist?
1. The Bible’s existence… The Bible is the Word of God and even if we don’t open the Bible, it helps support the existence of God by the fact that it was written over years by 40 authors and yet is incredibly consistent from start to end. Inside its pages it contains hundreds of prophecies (predictions) that have come true – not just in part – but completely and precisely true! But even if we don’t open the Bible, the fact that this book was written for us points towards a loving God who passionately cares about us. Did you know that if we just take some of the predictions about Jesus that came true, the likelihood they could have just ‘happened’ is beyond what science calls impossible!
2. The fact that Christians exist… Many people have tried to destroy the Bible and kill off Christians. In fact, more Christians are killed across the world today than ever before. At least 165,000 Christians are killed each year. Many countries have tried to ban the Bible. Islamic countries like Iran and Indonesia ban Christianity and the Bible; secular states like China and North Korea do the same. Yet in all those countries Christianity is growing at an incredible rate!
3. The life of Jesus… Only those who are mad in the head deny that Jesus was a real person. There are accurate records of him in the Bible. But there are also records of the life of Jesus from Jewish historians and people who hates him and Christians! Was he the son of God as he claimed to be? Well, Christians believe he was. If he wasn’t he was obviously mad! But you cannot deny his actual existence. The Bible tells us that Jesus was God in human flesh. So if you want to know what God looks like, take a look at the life of Jesus! If you just look at the things that were foretold about Jesus hundreds of years before his birth and that the way he fulfilled them exactly, you should be convinced!
4. Science and archaeology… A recent scientific programme aired on television showed how over a million Israelites could have easily crossed the Red Sea, as the Bible tells us they did. Many pieces of archaeology support the truth about the life of Jesus. Even some scientists who don’t believe in God will say that the evidence in science and in the ground all points to the complete accuracy of the Bible.
5. Creation and our consciences (that little voice inside you that tells you about right and wrong)… Romans 1.18-20 tells us that God has shown himself to mankind very plainly in their inner consciousness. It also tells us that ever since the creation of the world, God’s characteristics (of being God, eternal and powerful) have been shown in creation in ways that everyone can see and understand! Do you ever feel something inside you asking whether your life is all there is? Do you long to do something bigger than yourself, to make a difference? That is the voice of God calling you.
6. The created world… When you look at the intricate and incredible way that leaves are formed; the amazing range of animal, plant and bird life; the amazing way the human body works; the fact that the earth is so finely balanced that anything other than the exact way the earth works means we couldn’t live… All of this points to an incredible creator. This world cannot have been formed by chance. To have done so is beyond what science calls scientifically impossible. So it is impossible this world just magic’d itself into existence. So to have such an incredible world shows there must be a powerful outside force that made and handcrafted the world and everything in it. There is – God !
7. The life-changing story of Christians… I know of hundreds of Christians. Each one has met with God and has a personal story that is amazing. Just average everyday people have been touched by God and gone on to feed thousands; end slavery; reform prisons; go into the darkest parts of the earth and see change brought; brought hope to the hopeless; seen amazing miracles. I know of people who were gang leaders, killers, murderers, drug addicts, prostitutes – all have had their lives completely changed. No other power on earth can do this except the power of God. My life has been totally changed round by God – turned right way up. No-one can deny this. No-one can deny the evidence of changed lives. You may doubt it was God who did this. But if you look closely at the lives of Christians, you’ll see ordinary people doing extraordinary things.