There are many people from all walks of life who wonder about the answer to this question.
When I was in college, I became an atheist. If you were to ask me about my beliefs in God at that time, I would say that there was no God or gods.
If you were to ask me about what I believed would happen after we die, I would tell you that the lights would just go out.
I would give you an analogy about how just like you push the power button on your remote control to turn off your TV, then that’s exactly what would happen to you after you die.
If you were to ask me about what I thought about religion, I would tell you that I thought that all religions were evil.
I would tell you that religion is the cause of so many killings and hate crimes in the world. The world would be a better place without it.
More than 15 years later, I now think differently.
I now believe that there is a God. I now believe that it’s not always religion that’s a problem, its people.
My beliefs about the afterlife have changed too. I now believe that after you die, you end up going somewhere for the rest of time.
If you’re interested in my story of how I changed my mind about my beliefs in God and the afterlife, then you can read about it over here.
In this article, I’m going to share with you what is the scientific evidence for the existence of God.
I’ve shared before an article about the logical or philosophical argument for the existence of God. All of the objections to this argument have really good answers, in my opinion.
Of course, I didn’t come up with this argument, Plato and Aristotle did back in the first century.
Still, when I share this article with atheists, some of them tell me that they want to see scientific evidence for the existence of God instead. So here it is.
If you don’t believe in God, then I hope this will be the beginning of your journey to find the truth.
If you do believe in God, then I hope that this article will be helpful to you the next time you share your faith.
What is the Scientific Evidence For the Existence of God?
You’re a unique person that has unique physical attributes. For example, think about the shape of your eyes, your mouth, the color of your hair.
All of you put together is unique, and unless you’re a twin, there’s nobody in the world that looks exactly like you.
That’s because of your DNA. Your DNA is the genetic makeup that gives you your unique physical characteristics.
It wasn’t until recently that we fully understood what DNA is.
In 1990, the Human Genome Project set out to determine the sequence of the chemical base pairs which make up human DNA.
It took 13 years to complete the decoding of DNA, and the results were eye-opening (source).
DNA is the scientific evidence for the existence of God.
3 Reasons Why DNA is Scientific Evidence For The Existence of God
1. DNA is a Language
I want you to imagine that you walk into a bookstore and you pick up a book that you find interesting.
You open up the book and you read the first sentence. It reads, “This is a story about love.”
What is it about those six words that made you understand what this book is about? I’d like to propose these two things:
Each word in the sentence above has a meaning. You know what words like “story, about” and “love” mean.
If these words didn’t mean anything to you, then you wouldn’t know how to pronounce them or understand them.
The fact that the words are in a certain sequence is important. The words are arranged in a certain way so that it creates a grammatically correct sentence that you can understand.
If the sentence above instead said, “story a love this about is,” then the sentence wouldn’t make much sense.
Making these two distinctions about language is important to you understanding how DNA is also a language.
If you were to open up a book and you found meaningful words that were put together in grammatically correct sentences, what evidence would you need to know that there was an author who wrote the book, even though you never met him or her?
The answer would be the linguistic sentences in the book are evidence that there was an author who wrote it.
Similarly, the language in DNA is evidence that there was an author who wrote the book to life.
What’s further fascinating about DNA is that after the human genome project was complete, it was discovered that it was composed of some 3 billion genetic letters.
“One of the most extraordinary discoveries of the twentieth century was that DNA actually stores information, the detailed instructions for assembling proteins in the form of a four-character digital code.”Dr. Stephen Meyer, The Discovery InstituteThe amount of information in human DNA is roughly the equivalent to 12 sets of The Encyclopedia Britannica, which is an incredible 384 volumes. DNA is so filled of detailed information, that it would fill 48 feet of library shelves! (source)
Some people will try to argue that evolution is responsible for the intricate language found in DNA. However, it’s impossible for a process like evolution, even if it was given billions of years, to come up with the language that we see in DNA.
There will be more about why this is the case in the section of this article called, “Answers to Counter-Arguments by Atheists.”
You also might be thinking that while there must be an intelligent source behind DNA, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the source is God. I’ll also be addressing this question later on in this article.
2. DNA is an Instruction Manual
The second interesting thing that we learn about DNA is that it’s an instruction manual.
Imagine that you just bought a new nightstand to replace the one that you currently have in your bedroom.
Most nightstands these days come unassembled so that you can easily move the piece of furniture out of the store, into your car, and drive it to your home.
So as you are in your bedroom opening up your new unassembled nightstand, the first thing that you find when you open the box is the instruction manual.
You pick it up and as you begin reading it, you find that it says, “Take the wood panel labeled 1 and attach it to the wood panel labeled 2. Use one of the provided screws to fit the two panels together.”
The instructions give you, the assembler, all the information you need to put your nightstand together.
Likewise, DNA are instructions to your cells to put all of your living parts together.
If you bought your nightstand and looked at the instruction manual without ever meeting the author of the manual, what evidence would you need that there was an intelligent source behind the writing of the manual?
The answer would be that the manual itself is evidence that someone wrote it. You don’t need to meet the author of the manual to know that there was someone who wrote it.
Neither do you need to meet the designer of the nightstand to know that there was a designer.
Similarly, DNA instructions are evidence that Somebody wrote the manual to life.
Another way of looking at it is similar to that of writing code for a software program. The code written by the programmers of the software instructs your computer to do certain things.
Likewise, the code in DNA instructs your cells to do certain things. Obviously, there has to be an intelligent programmer behind all of this complex code.
“DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised.”Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
3. DNA is Mathematically Perfect
The alphabet that makes up the DNA language consists of only four letters.
They are denoted by the letters A, C, T, G. If you tend to be on the geeky side, then those letters stand for adenine, cytosine, thymine, and guanine.
These four makeup nucleotides that make up the strands of DNA. (source)
DNA needs to copy itself. In order to meet maximum efficiency, DNA requires the number of letters in each word to be an even number.
Of all the possible mathematical combinations, scientists have discovered that the ideal number for storage and transcription has been calculated to be exactly four letters. (source)
“The coding system used for living beings is optimal from an engineering standpoint. This fact strengthens the argument that it was a case of purposeful design, rather than a lucky chance.”Werner Gitt, German Engineer
The fact that DNA is mathematically perfect is a strong indicator that there was an intelligent designer that coded DNA for a specific purpose.
Who is The Intelligent Designer Behind DNA?
So now that you’ve read about the evidence for an intelligent designer through DNA, you might be thinking why does that intelligent designer have to be God?
After all, a higher life form from another universe could be the designer behind DNA. Or the intelligent designer could be any god like the god of Islam, or maybe one of the gods of Hinduism.
So in this section I’m going to show you why that intelligent designer has to be the Christian God.
We know that our universe had a beginning in time. That means that before the universe began, there was no such thing as space, time, or matter.
We know that the universe did not come from nothing. Please see my article for more information.
Therefore, the intelligent designer that created the universe must have had the following attributes (source):
The intelligent designer has to exist outside of the natural world because nature itself was created at the same time when the universe was created.
There was no such thing as space before the universe began. Therefore, the intelligent designer must exist outside of space because He created space a long time ago.
The intelligent designer must be immaterial because He created matter.
The intelligent designer must be powerful because He created something (this universe) out of nothing.
The designer must be intelligent because the universe was designed to sustain life and all of its complexities.
The intelligent designer must be personal because it decided to convert a state of nothing into something. Impersonal forces don’t have the ability to make choices.
When you examine all the intelligent designers that claim to have created the universe, you see that there’s only One that is said to have all of these qualities.
That is the God of the Bible.
Answers to Counter-Arugments by Atheists
Even though the scientific evidence of DNA clearly points to an intelligent designer, atheists like to make counter-arguments to some of these points.
In this section I’ll be answering the most popular ones.
1. Evolution is Responsible for DNA
Atheists like to claim that evolution is responsible for DNA. They say that given billions of years and given random chance, then it’s possible to create a sophisticated language and database like the one found in DNA.
However, I’d like to point out that this is an impossibility. There is no intelligence behind evolution. Just think of this example.
Imagine you’re flying in one of those airplanes that skydivers jump out of. With you on the plane, you take a bag of red, white, and blue confetti that are made up of thousands of little pieces.
When you’re flying in the sky, you throw out the bag of confetti out of the plane.
What are the chances that the pieces of red, white, and blue confetti would fall perfectly, and create a picture of the United States flag as they fall to the ground?
The odds of that happening is a mathematical impossibility. Why?
That’s because you don’t need lots and lots of time in order to arrange the red, white, and blue confetti into a United States flag.
You need an intelligent designer that has a purpose of putting the pieces together. (source)
Likewise, you need an intelligent designer to put all of the complex pieces of life together.
Just how impossible is it for evolution to be responsible for the complexity that we see in our universe? The answer is 10 to the power of 60.
That number, if written out, would be “one” followed by sixty “zeros.” You can read more about the mathematical impossibility of evolution in this article.
Some scientists say that they’ve demonstrated that natural selection can produce changes in DNA.
Changes to DNA through natural selection isn’t disputed by creationists. This level of evolution is known as microevolution.
However, what creationists do dispute is changes to DNA at the macroevolution level.
Macroevolution states that given billion of years, one kind of organism can turn into a different kind by adding new information to DNA.
However, this claim has never been observed as shown in this movie here.
2. An Unknown Intelligent Designer is Responsible For DNA
There are some atheists that agree that an intelligent designer is responsible for DNA.
However, they reject the God of Christianity as being that designer, and they instead propose that the intelligent designer is still unknown.
What they are alluding to as the source of intelligent design are an unknown higher life form, like for example, aliens.
They’re basically saying that there’s a possibility that there’s an intelligent life source out there in our universe that we don’t know about yet, that is the intelligent designer behind DNA.
Or they even might say that the intelligent designer exists outside of our universe.
In either case, this is just a stall tactic to buy time and avoid giving an answer.
Atheists love to say things like, “We don’t know the answer but we are making new scientific discoveries every day. We just know that the answer is not your God.”
Well that’s a problem because it always gives atheists a way out of the argument.
But the truth of the matter is that there is a God. There is an afterlife. God will hold people accountable for their choices.
There’s also a heaven and a hell. The choices you make in this world will determine where you spend eternity.
DNA is Proof That There is a God
Even though I’ve demonstrated in this article that the scientific evidence leads to the conclusion that there is a God, some atheists will still not be convinced.
It’s not because atheists know that God doesn’t exist. The bottom line is that deep inside atheists know that there is a god, but they’ve suppressed the truth in their unrighteousness.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.”
I should know about this, after all, I used to be an atheist.
During that time I didn’t want to be accountable to God. I wanted to live life on my own terms.
So I ended up partying, going to nightclubs, and doing all sorts of bad things that left me lonely and depressed.
But God brought me back to Him after eight years of living a sinful life.
I hope this article helped you. If you want to chat about this topic, just drop me a comment below.