Can you prove God’s existence? That’s a common question, but I find few willing to actually seek answers—because there are amazing “proofs” of God’s existence—but you won’t find them if you don’t seek them. We’re teaching through key passages in the book of Isaiah at Gateway Church leading up to Christmas, and I’m reminded how much “proof” God’s given in that book alone. So I want to blog during this series on some of the details I know you might not catch (or we don’t have time to cover) in the messages. If you’re not yet a believer, I hope this helps you find faith. If you are, I hope this helps you gain confidence in trusting God even though you don’t “see” Him, and in helping others find faith.
Two Types of Proof
First, we have to recognize assumptions. If by “proof” someone means “scientific proof,” then No, you can’t prove God’s existence by the scientific method. But you can’t “prove” most things we claim to know for certain by the scientific method. I can’t “prove” to you that George Bush was President before Barack Obama, or that I went to the University of Texas, or that your mother is “proof positive” your mother. Most things we trust with certainty cannot be proven using the scientific method. That’s because the scientific method requires observable, repeatable data to conclude that a hypothesis is proven. You can’t repeat history to prove Bush was president, or repeatedly watch your mother give you birth.
But that’s not a problem really, because we “prove” things with “legal/historical proofs” all the time. In any court of law, they’re trying to “prove” beyond a reasonable doubt that something historical happened. That’s how we could “prove” your mother is in fact your mother—put forth historical evidence (birth certificate, hospital records), eyewitnesses (dad, grandmom, doctor), or corroborative testimony (neighbors). So can we “prove” God’s existence using the legal/historical method? I think any reasonable person looking at all the evidence would say, “Yes.” Not beyond any possible doubt (there’s always a possible doubt), but beyond a reasonable doubt. I think Isaiah alone gives us enough evidence. How?
God Says How You’ll Know
“Tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods…who has announced this from antiquity? Who has told it from then? Is it not I YHWH? And there is no other God beside me…Turn to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 41:23, 45:21-22). God says, “I will put forth my own evidence—only God knows the future. I will tell you in advance what I’m going to do, so that when it happens, you’ll know it was Me.” And in Isaiah, God gives all kinds of evidence foretelling His coming as Messiah, and foretelling what He will do through Israel.
As I mentioned in the God Who Is Just message (www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast), we found a complete copy of Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls pre-dating Jesus:
“New radiocarbon measurements of the Dead Sea Scrolls made by scientists at the National Science Foundation…radiocarbon dated the famous Book of Isaiah scroll at between 335 BCE and 122 BCE. Paleographers had dated this scroll at between 150 – 125 BCE.”
-Arizona Daily Star.
So we have proof what Isaiah wrote about the coming Messiah pre-dated Jesus. In this blog I’ll list all that Isaiah foretells about Messiah, and in the next few blogs, I’ll go into more detail about these and other global/geo-political events that show He is the God of all history. But don’t miss the point—you can trust Him! He’s got your life in the palm of His hand if you’ve given yourself back to Him. That frees you to live in His love, and in the confidence that everything’s going to be okay in the end. He is God, and as you seek Him, He will guide your future just like He’s guided history to accomplish all He foretold. Stay tuned and we’ll look closer at the proof and fulfillment in coming blogs. Here’s what He foretold through Isaiah:
The Messiah will…
Be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)
Live in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2)
Be born a son, line of King David, yet called by God’s names (Isaiah 9:5-7)
Heal the blind, deaf, and lame (Isaiah 35:4-6)
Be announced by a voice in the wilderness (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:1-9)
Bring salvation to all the earth (Isaiah 49:6)
Be beaten, mocked, spit on (Isaiah 50:6)
Be disfigured beyond human recognition (Isaiah 52:13-14)
Be rejected and pierced and die to pay for our wrongs (Isaiah 53:1-5)
Be assigned a grave with the wicked and the rich (Isaiah 53:9)
Then see the light of life [resurrection] after suffering (Isaiah 53:11)
Justify many children for God (Isaiah 53:10-12)
Be revealed as One God, yet Father, Son, Spirit (Isaiah 63:8-10)