Premise A: The Bible says God exists.
Premise B: The Bible is trustworthy.
Conclusion: Therefore, God exists.
When I was a child, I learned a song in Sunday school—perhaps you’ve heard it:
Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so.
At a very basic level, this simple song expresses the believer’s position concerning The Bible.
What Christians believe about God, they believe because of the Bible. To a Christian, the Bible is to be believed because it is the Word of God.
If the question is asked: How do Christians know that God exists? The answer is: Because the Bible says that God exists.
When hearing such an assertion, an atheist might accuse Christians of circular reasoning, or what is known in philosophy as “begging the question”—which means that the answer is assumed in the question.
But the truth is that every worldview depends upon this kind of reasoning. Every worldview starts with propositions that are assumed to be true and cannot absolutely be proved. For instance, the atheistic viewpoint begins with a presupposition that God does not exist. This is a supposition that cannot be proved to be true. But based on this supposition, atheists argue that the various proofs for the existence of God are wrong because He does not exist. As atheists have their presuppositions, so too do Christians.
Christians choose the Bible as a foundation for belief.
Why believe in God? The Bible tells us to. Why believe God is eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omni-benevolent? Because all these characteristics of God are clearly stated by the Bible. Why do Christians believe that Jesus is God, and that, as the Son of God, He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to save humanity from sin? Because, once again, that is what the Bible says. Why believe the Bible is the Word of God? Because the Bible says it is the Word of God.
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About the Author: Dr. Daniel King is a missionary evangelist who has traveled to over seventy nations in his quest for souls. His goal is to lead 1,000,000 people to Jesus every year through massive Gospel Festivals, distribution of literature, and leadership training. Because of his experience and research on evangelism, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in mass evangelism. As an evangelist, he has a deep interest in using apologetics to convince skeptics that God is real.