We all believe in unproved things all the time. We use paper money because we have faith in the central bank of our country and the government. We eat at restaurants without proof that no dirt has been added into the food. We use elevators without doing our own structural tests on them. We venture out even though we do not understand everything about the universe (science). We do all these things because we have faith in people - faith with sufficient basis. This being so, faith in God's existence and identity is reasonable. In fact, it has been my strange experience that "math-style, rock solid" proof for God or the Bible is frequently demanded by those who are content to exercise blind faith in atheism or other religions.
The mathematician Kurt Godel proved that even a basic subject like the arithmetic of integers cannot be axiomatized - there will always be some propositions whose veracity or falsehood can never be proved. If this is the case with arithmetic, it is downright stupid for anyone to demand mathematical style proof for a profound proposition such as "There is a God who will hold you accountable". This is what a British atheist mathematician who loved "proof" said:-
"I thought certainty is more likely to be found in mathematics than elsewhere. But I discovered that many mathematical demonstrations, which my teachers expected me to accept, were full of fallacies, and that, if certainty were indeed discoverable in mathematics, it would be in a new field of mathematics, with more solid foundations than those that had hitherto been thought secure. But as the work proceeded, I was continually reminded about the fable about the elephant and the tortoise. Having constructed an elephant upon which the mathematical world could rest, I found the elephant tottering, and proceeded to construct a tortoise to keep the elephant from falling. But the tortoise was no more secure than the elephant, and after some twenty years of very arduous toil, I came to the conclusion that there was nothing more that I could do in the way of making mathematical knowledge indubitable." - Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 3:220.
Thus it is irrational to insist on self-evident "proof" for God's existence.
Moreover, the faith that is required by the God of the Bible is not a blind leap in the dark - against everything we know to be true by experience, but a response to the Evidence for God.
"There is enough light for those who desire to see, and enough obscurity for those of contrary disposition" [French Mathematician Blaise Pascal, in Pensees, Section VII, Morality and Doctrine]
When you respond sincerely to the evidence and God's message to you in the Bible, He will reveal Himself to you personally, and this will give you certainty. It actually takes more faith to be an atheist than a believer in God, because the atheist has to rely on the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution to explain the origin of the universe and life. The articles linked to show how both theories are at variance with the observed facts.
Conclusion: Refusing to believe God or the Bible in the name of rationality is absurd.
This question presupposes that God had a beginning. Something (or someone) needs to be “made” only if it had a starting point inside the realm of time. However, the Bible teaches that God is beyond time. The Bible begins by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth”. Notice the concepts introduced:-
When God made the universe, time was one of the things he created! He is infinite: timeless and eternal. Thus, it does not make sense for someone to “create” God.
Can we comprehend God or the realm of His existence fully? No, for then He wouldn’t be God. Do atheists have an answer for where the cosmic egg that exploded in the supposed big bang came from? No, they don’t. So you can’t use your inability to figure out God completely as an excuse to be an atheist. Further discussion
“If like other men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what profit is it to me, if [God does not exist and] the dead are not raised? Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 1 Corinthians 15: 32Paul could have had a peaceful life if he was like others. Clearly, here is a guy who’s willingly paying the heavy price for believing in God. He’s certainly not believing in God because it feels good.
“What sign do You show then, that we may see and believe You? What do You work?” – John 6: 30Guess what. He refused! He changed the subject. On another occasion, he said: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah [a prophet in 800 BC that his audience was familiar with].”
“I will take no bull out of your house, nor goats out of your folds; for every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains; and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and the fullness of it.” - Psalm 50:9-12The Bible also tells us:
“Guard your feet when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools [that is, brash talk]. For they do not know that they are doing evil. Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to say a word before God. For God is in Heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.” - Ecclesiastes 5:1-2No, God is not unreasonable. He does not expect you to exercise blind faith in Him or “leave your mind out” when you come to Him. But if you come to Him, you do so on His terms, not yours. When God came to earth, he did perform many signs that authenticated him as God. There is a lot of other evidence that God gives us, that He is indeed God. The purpose of this website is to present Him along with the evidence that He has provided.