Is there a way that people can undoubtedly prove that God exists? Since the beginning of human existence, people have wondered if God exists. There are many proofs that God exists however many people continually refuse to accept that God believes. Peter Kreeft’s article, The Reasons to Believe, displays many of the hundreds of arguments for the existence of God. As an apologist, Kreeft often displays both sides of the argument in his writing, while still clearly defending his point of view, the existence of God. One strong argument Kreeft uses is the idea that everything must have had to come from something. Also, the universe seems as if it was designed for humans to be able to understand parts of how it works. This being the idea of the anthropic principle. The next argument is miracles. Barrels of water into wine, five loaves of bread turned into hundreds. There is no other logical explanation to these extraordinary events than an all-powerful, all-loving being, which is God. Lastly, the most important part of the existence of God, is faith. Humans can look at ample proof but none of it matters unless people choose believe in God.
Many scientists try to prove that the universe was created all at once by the big bang or that one atom magically appeared which just continued to multiply until we have the universe. Both of these theories come from the basis that something truly can come from nothing. If God was real, he would have existed since the beginning of time, as the unoriginal origin, even if the universe had ceased to exist. God existing indefinitely means he would have created the beginning for everything we see and know today. This clarifies the idea that something cannot come from nothing. Yet an atheist may claim in an attempt to discredit God’s existence, that if a so called God created everything, he would have had to come from nothing before creation. So say the freak chance that something indeed come from nothing, how would it all be able to come together so perfectly? One of the many names used to describe God is the divine designer. This name clearly shows how only someone this perfect can create something so big that works with no flaws. It has been proven time and time again that no man made machine is perfect. There will always be at least one flaw whether it is that something does not fit properly or that the input energy will always be more than what is actually used effectively. These two proofs show how God is the creator to the universe, proving that he truly does exist. Now with what most Christians would think as unquestionable proof of God and that he has created the universe, it leads on to further proof of God, which is the anthropic principle.
The anthropic principle is the idea that the universe was designed for the existence of man. As explained earlier, God created the universe to work perfectly. One main point that may lead us to the conclusion of the anthropic principle is the Catholic Church describing that God created man in the image of himself. First, God created man to watch over all of the other creatures. This makes humans more similar to God because God is constantly watching over man, like man watches over the creatures. God also gave humans the ability to choose. For as much as we know, humans are the only entities, other than God, that have free choice. Humans can choose their life paths; if they want to be a dentist, teacher, or anything else. This also explains how no other creatures understand why they do what they do. A bear will eat a fish because it is hungry, hibernate in winter, and continue to do it year after year but the bear will never ask or understand why it follows this cycle. This contributes to the anthropic principle and idea of God creating man in his own image. Another reasoning is the feeling of wonder and awe. A human and stare in amazement at the complexity of a beaver dam, spider web, or bee hive. But these are minor in comparison to some of the marvels humans have been able to built. The Eiffel Tower, the Roman Coliseum, the St. Louis Arch. The list goes on and on. But the beaver and the spider will look at these astonishing buildings and not think that anything is special about it. To them, they are just more buildings. All of these ideas prove how God created the universe for humans.
The next piece that demonstrates more reasons to believe in God are miracles. The bible teaches about multiple occasions in history where people are faced with a crisis with what was thought to have no solution. However, one thing that may of these people facing the issues had in common was they either believed in God or had a connection to him in one way or another. In the book of Exodus, Moses carried out what God told him to and demanded that the Pharaoh that he let the Hebrew slaves be free. After the countless refusals from the Pharaoh, he told Moses he would let them go, only to lie, and chase them down after. To help the Hebrews escape Egypt, Moses was told by God to place his staff in the water and as he did, the Red Sea parted, creating a path for them to cross. The sea was split in half. Tonnes and tonnes of water parted by placing his staff in the water. Another unfathomable event came when Jesus, the son of God, and his disciples were invited to a wedding and there was no more wine. There were many barrels of water and Jesus, through the power of God, was able to turn them into wine. No man would ever be able to accomplish anything close to these incomprehensible miracles. The only justification for miracles, is God.
Even with the endless examples that prove God is real, many people still do not believe that there is a God. The leap of faith or the leap to faith makes a huge impact on the relationship that one will have or wants to have with God. For someone who chooses only to take a leap of faith, they are leaping, hoping that someone, which is God, will be there to catch them. They are living their life in uncertainty, wanting to have God as a part of their lives but yet still do not fully trust in him. These people still have that thought in their mind that God may not be real and that they spent their life believing in something that does not exist. However, those who take a leap to faith knows that God is real and that he will always be watching over us. They are always trusting in God and even though their will be things that try to draw them away from God, they will always be trusting in God. In J.R.R Tolkien’s books, “The Lord of the Rings,” Frodo, a character who was given the task to destroy the ring, was faced with many influences to try and do other than destroying the ring. The people who leap to faith are the one who turn to God, asking for help in times of need, know he will be there for them.
Many people have a difficult time believing in God, even with the all of the proof that he exists. Nonetheless, the people who choose to put their faith in God have different reasonings for why they did. For some it may be the unimaginable miracles that helped them take their leap to faith. For others it may be the anthropic principle and the idea that the world was created for human to understand. All of these lead back to the idea that the universe did not just randomly appear one day from absolutely nothing, but that God created it to all work together. All of these ideas that were presented in Peter Kreeft’s article leads people to realize that their is a God and gives them many of the reasons to believe.