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Proving God

Blog, Weekly MessageRabbi Moshe Rothchild3 Comments

prooving God banner Can you prove that God exists? Despite thousands of years of philosophers and theologians attempting to prove that God exists, there is still no foolproof, airtight argument for the existence of God. It’s not that there aren’t any good arguments or reasonable proofs, it’s just not 100% provable.

And for good reason. A fundamental tenet of the Jewish faith is that each person has free will. We are not robots placed here to entertain God. We are free will beings put here by God to make good choices and to bring spirituality and Godliness into this world. The world is beautiful, full of wonder and amazement. Yet, it can be dark and full of evil as well. If we could prove that God exists, we would essentially have no choice but to believe.

Imagine that sin was followed immediately by punishment and good deeds followed immediately with a reward. Who would dare go against the word of God? We are left with a world that is a challenging place, with evil sometimes appearing to prosper and the good apparently suffering. Our faith is tested as we live our lives by doctrines that cannot be proven. Faith is honestly one of the most beautiful things that we can hold on to in this world. Personally, I would not like to believe in a God that I did not have to believe in.

While I cannot prove that God exists, if you ask me, I will tell you that I can see God nonetheless. The Bible tells us that one of the signs of the end times is the Jewish return to the land of Israel. Part of the prophecy is that the land will once again blossom and produce fruits and vegetables. And it has! So when I go to the market here in Israel and see the fruits and vegetables, I feel as if I am seeing God! I don’t need proof, I just need to bite into a tasty apple!

When I hear people speaking Hebrew, the only dead language ever revived, I hear the echo of God reverberating in the Holy language of the Bible. The return of the pure language was predicted by the Bible.

As a tour guide I speak of God all the time. There is not a battlefield here in Israel from the modern wars of the State that the hand of God was not revealed. The more you learn about the details, the more you see God.

This week on July 4th while the U.S. was celebrating her independence, Israel celebrated the miracle of Entebbe. On July 4, 1976 an Air France plane with 248 passengers aboard was hijacked and taken to Entebbe, Africa. The non-Jewish passengers were released and more than 100 Israeli and Jewish hostages were held. Without getting in to all the details, Israeli commandos flew over 2500 miles, stormed the airport, and released the hostages. It was truly a modern day miracle! (If you would like to read more about it, you can easily search the internet.)

Our first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion once said that “to be a realist in Israel you have to believe in miracles.” You cannot study the history of modern Israel, visit site after site as I do, read the Bible, and not see miracles and the hand of God. No need for fancy proofs, all it takes is one visit and you will no longer believe in God, you will know God.