Can You Prove God Exist? Where is The Evidence?
- Her: Can you see God?
- Me: No
- Her: Can you touch Him or even hear Him respond to you when you talk to him?
- Me: No
- Her: Then what’s the point? It’s obvious the whole idea of God is fabricated
Perhaps, you’ve had a similar dialogue with one or two friends. Have you ever contemplated the concept of God and you can’t seem to find any reason to believe He exists? How could these thoughts not be going on in the minds of other people? What if it was all made up? What if in the end, it all didn’t matter? Now is the time to be open – minded.
Logic And Reflection
In a world full of so much noise, it is only normal to find ourselves taking some time off to question the essence of life. In various parts of the world and at different points in time, there’s one great phenomenon that is common to us all as humans – the innate urge to yearn and search for the creator. One of the blessings we possess to the exception of all other creatures is the intellect. We have the ability to think, to ponder and to arrive at rational conclusions. When we look without prejudice at everything in the universe, beginning with ourselves, we will be quick to realize that nothing happened by chance.
Ponder upon DNA, which is a code to tell our cells what body parts to form and characteristics they must have. The mechanisms that interpret code (like computer hardware or cells) must know how to interpret that particular code at that time i.e. they must be designed at the same time. This is impossible by chance. If code in your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile didn’t evolve and was written by humans – then how about DNA which is more complicated?
Consider the coordination amongst various organs in our body. How our brain operates in harmony with the rest of our body, how the nervous system, the respiratory system, the digestive system and excretory system operate in perfect and beautiful harmony. Surely that must have been produced by an intelligence. These things didn’t just happen. There must have been a calculated design behind it all.
“And it is He who produced for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful. And it is He who has multiplied you throughout the earth, and to Him you will be gathered. And it is He who gives life and causes death, and His is the alternation of the night and the day. Then will you not reason? Rather, they say like what the former peoples said. They said ‘When we have died and become dust and bones, are we indeed to be resurrected?” [Noble Quran 23:78-82]
We have been blessed with different senses; sight, hearing, feeling, tasting and smelling. We are also capable of expressing different emotions. We can use these senses to consider things that surround us. Think about the significance of the minutest details of creation. Have you ever wondered why no two fingerprints are the same? What would happen if a tiny component of the food chain went into extinction? Why it is that the earth is fertilized by the same rain, yet produces fruits of different tastes, colours and sizes? All these are pointers to the fact God is real.
Likewise, consider the complexity and consistency of the universe. The planets rotate on an organized path, serving a purpose. The sun is a specific distance from the Earth protecting us from burning, but close enough to keep us from freezing. The Earth’s atmosphere provides the perfect amount of oxygen for breathing. Provisions necessary for survival such as water and land are abundant. Nothing is simply random. It’s quite obvious by the symbiotic relationships between man, animals and the Earth, that we were created to co-exist. Had there been several creators, this whole universe would not coincide so smoothly and with such balance.
Let’s ask ourselves practical questions. Imagine the craziest scenario: Walking into an industry that produces everything you could ever ask for, being run by no one; no humans, no machines, nobody. How would you comprehend that?
Quran: A Book of Signs
Besides logic, there exists scientific evidence that God exists. He explained the beginning of the universe over 1400 years ago in the Quran, which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him); long before modern science discovered them. Scientists have now observed new stars forming out of the remnants of smoke, suggesting the galaxies, stars, planets and other celestial bodies were nothing but a cloud of smoke or a highly dense gaseous mass.
“Then He directed Himself to the Heaven while it was smoke and said to it and to the earth ‘Come [into being] willingly or by compulsion.” [Noble Quran 41:11]
Today, we know, just like a satellite, the moon orbits around the earth and the sun revolves around the center of the galaxy, taking approximately 225 million years to complete one circular orbit. God mentioned orbits of the sun and the moon and the fact each travels with its own motion.
“It is not allowable for the sun to reach the moon, nor does the night overtake the day, but each, in an orbit, is swimming.” [Noble Quran 36:40]
We may not be able to see and hear God, however, His signs are all over the earth for us to see. Mountains have large underlying roots and only a small part of it shows above the surface. What remains of the structure is buried deep underground.
“Have we not made the earth a resting place, and the mountains as stakes?” [Noble Quran 78:6-7]
The scientific theory of plate tectonics, which was discovered in the late 1960s, tells us mountains act as a balance for the earth, without which the earth will not be firm. This means mountains prevent the earth from shaking.
“He has cast into the earth firmly set mountains, lest it shift with you.” [Noble Quran 16:15]
Likewise, consider how thunderstorm clouds are formed and produce rain, hail and lightning. This has been summarized in the Quran:
“Do you not see that Allah drives clouds? Then He brings them together, then He makes them into a mass, and you see the rain emerge from within it.” [Noble Quran 24:43]
One of the most interesting discoveries of modern science is in the places where two seas meet. There is a barrier between them, dividing them so each sea has its own salinity, density and temperature. This can be seen in Egypt between the Nile River and Mediterranean Sea, as well as in Canada between the Fraser River and the Georgia Strait, which is an arm of the Pacific Ocean. God mentioned the existence of this barrier:
“And it is He who has released [simultaneously] the two seas, one fresh and sweet and one salty and bitter. And He placed between them a barrier and a forbidden partition.” [Noble Quran 25:53]
No component of this earth is too small to be significant. Little creatures like bees are signs of the existence of God for us to reflect. Science has revealed bees collects nectar from flowers of different kinds to form honey within its body. God had earlier stated this fact, also highlighting the healing properties of honey.
“And your Lord inspired to the bee, ‘Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].’ There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colours, in which there is a healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” [Noble Quran 16:68-69]
Even modern scientists cannot successfully imitate any of these creations. Why then do we doubt the existence of God?
“Do they not contemplate within themselves?” [Noble Quran 30:8]
Quran’s Miraculous Nature
The miracle of the Quran is that it has endured over 1400 years without being corrupted or changed in any way. Every Quran worldwide has the exact same words in Arabic. Only the translations use different words obviously, but the source has been protected by God. An Arabic copy of the Quran from Turkey published 900 years ago will match a copy in Japan published yesterday.
The message and details in the Quran are timeless and just as relevant today as it was when it was revealed. There has never been any need to update or revise to make it fit modern times.
Worldwide, many Muslims memorize the entire Quran in Arabic, regardless of their native language. This is yet another testament of the existence of God. The ability for people to remember almost 850 pages of a book that may not even be in their native language and retain it is not very common. God explains:
“And we have certainly made the Quran easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” [Noble Quran, 54:17]
Don’t Turn Away
Believing in God is not believing in fairytales. When we gather all the pieces of evidence and put them together, solving the puzzle becomes much easier. All we need to conclude that God exists is look at all the signs and evidences. Because in our everyday lives, we will admit that there are things we believe in based on evidence and not “proofs beyond reasonable doubt”. For example, When a person enters a building and sees cars, kitchen utensils, wardrobes full of clothings and home appliances, he would immediately come to a conclusion that someone lives in that house even without seeing the person, This is the very same way a person would come to the conclusion that someone has been murdered when he sees things like knives, guns, blood stained shirts and gloves at the scene of a crime, even without seeing the murderer and the murdered. The Quran repeatedly refers to everything around us as “signs” to point to the existence of God who created all things. Most people see all these signs and turn away for reasons we may not be able to understand. This is a call for us to be open minded, to reflect deeply and come to a logical conclusion. Finally, let’s think about our own existence. Are we just another bunch of creatures who came from nothing and will return to nothing, having no particular purpose to fulfil in this life?
“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding – Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” [Noble Quran 3:190-191]