Why Believe in God if I Can’t Feel, Hear, or See Him?


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It’s easy to believe in things that we can perceive through our senses. But the sensory things of this world aren’t the only things we believe in, right?


We believe in many things that can’t be felt, seen, or heard. Consider the following. We believe in:

    • Scientific theories, such as the Theory of Relativity.
    • Certain things about the future, including that the sun will rise tomorrow.
    • Certain things about the past, including that George Washington was our first president.
    • Mathematical proofs, such as 2+2=4.
    • Moral standards, including that racism is hurtful.

We believe in them because we recognize that not all knowledge comes from the senses. To add another item particularly relevant to God, we even believe in the existence of certain things we can’t sense, such as quarks or dark matter.


Why should I believe in God


Sometimes we believe in things because of logic or intuition. Sometimes because the evidence makes it likely or necessary. And sometimes because we trust the source or person speaking about them.


We can believe in God for similar reasons:

We may not be able to feel, hear, or see God, but we can still come to believe in God’s existence through many avenues of reason. The Bible touches on this in Romans 1:20, which states,

“For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

For more reasons to confidently believe in God and Christianity, check out 77 FAQs about God and the Bible by Josh and Sean McDowell. To dive deep into the historical validation of Christianity, also study their apologetics classic, Evidence That Demands a Verdict.


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Matthew Tingblad is a communicator at Josh McDowell Ministry with a seminary education from Talbot School of Theology.

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2 Responses to “Why Believe in God if I Can’t Feel, Hear, or See Him?”

  1. sandra king

    I agree! I have been in a science field all my life, and it’s always a battle to start a discussion inside this circle because some others rely on evolution for their frame or scaffolding to explain life.

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    • Matthew Tingblad

      Thank you for your comment! It’s interesting you should say that, Sandra. Evolution (at least on a macro level between changing species) is not something that is felt, heard, or seen either. There are things we can look at in order to reach conclusions about evolution (i.e., small changes in species or the fossil record), but it large-scale diversification of species over millions of years still needs to be argued toward on the basis of evidence. In that sense, the push for evolution is not that much different from people who observe this physical world and push for the existence of God.

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