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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5 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.

    • 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 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.

  2. Wilson Kean

    Christian here, believer. I agree with the counterarguments but I think this set of arguments cannot be used in isolation but with a combination of other parts of the Gospel.

    A person who raises this question is because either out of spite that he challenges you, there is no evidence for God, why believe in God and hence the above question and this set of answer and this response above is saying, there is no evidence of other things you believe in, why believe in them?

    Or the second category of person asking this will be, where is God during my pain, my loneliness and my troubles? Why believe in Him if I can feel him, and use above arguments and close of with, Jesus is close to those who are broken hearted, the question is, with all this evidence of his existence, do you want to invite Him into your life and let Him guide you to life eternal?

    • Matthew Tingblad

      Thanks for your thoughts, Wilson. If I’m understanding you right, you see the question more like a smokescreen that people use either if they are antagonistic to the Gospel or in a great deal of pain. I would imagine that this is usually the case. When I interact personally with others, I usually explore those areas first, especially if I suspect that is the case. But I hope for some that this written piece provides help, particularly for those who are simply trying to determine if Christianity is reliable.



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