Quote: Louis Berkhof on God’s Existence

Quote for 3/14/16. Berkhof discusses the existence of God as related to the Biblical text. The Bible is incredibly presuppositional in this way. God’s existence is not “proved” by a syllogism, starting at a position of denial and arguing toward belief. Rather, the Bible begins presupposing the truth of the matter: God exists.

The Christian accepts the truth of the existence of God by faith. But this faith is not a blind faith, but a faith that is based on evidence, and the evidence is found primarily in Scripture as the inspired Word of God, and secondarily in God’s revelation in nature. Scripture proof on this point does not come to us in the form of an explicit declaration, and much less in the form of a logical argument. In that sense the Bible does not prove the existence of God. The closest it comes to a declaration is perhaps in Heb. 11:6 … “for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that seek after Him.” It presupposes the existence of God in its very opening statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

L. Berkhof, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans publishing co., 1938), 21.