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"His death is the first solid piece of evidence I have seen to prove the existence of God."
— US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, on the death of Chief Justice Fred Vinson.note
A phrase said when something happens that a character feels has happened by a divine hand, hence this is possible proof of the existence of god(s).
The actual occurrence can be a major thing, like ending a war, but just as often it's a smaller thing, especially when this is Played for Laughs
The three basic forms are:
- Used literally. Yes, there really is a God, or I have gained/restored faith in God.
- Used semi-seriously. Well, there might be a God after all. Or at least the world doesn't totally suck.
- Used humorously.
The direct opposite is Evil Stole My Faith
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- Used semi-seriously in Gundam X episode 1. Garrod finds an abandoned Gundam, but when he tries to use it to fight off some pursuers, he finds it doesn't have a control stick. He pulls out a disconnected control stick he found earlier and mutters "If this works, I'll believe in God!" It does, and he immediately turns to his companion and says "Tiffa, I believe in God!"
- Said by Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan when a party goer tosses a grenade necklace over his head while he was feeling down.
- In Punisher Max arc "Bullseye", Frank and Bullseye fight each other, eventually coming down to Frank armed with just a knife and grappling Bullseye. They fall into a construction area, and when Bullseye notices just how many new weapons are available to them, he gives the phrase.
- Used literally, as a last-minute (and somewhat irritating) Aesop, in the third Uplift novel.
- Melissa Mailey (aka "Schoolmarm from Hell") in 1634: The Baltic War uses the phrase several times in regards to Daryl McCarthy, when he acts as a mature adult with a good education, neither of which were previously considered to be accurate descriptions of him. (Notably, Melissa is an atheist.)
- At the end of Catch-22, when Chaplain Tappman learns about Orr surviving his plane crash and sailing his raft all the way to neutral Sweden, he exclaims that it is a miracle and that he believes in God once again (having been plagued with doubts throughout the novel).
- Used humorously in Small Favor of The Dresden Files. At a train station, Harry and Michael Carpenter a Knight of the Cross wielding a holy sword, fight their way through a group of hobgoblins to find a group of muggles huddled in an office, one of them gripping a cross and staring at Michael, who's standing there holding a glowing holy sword. Michael reassures her, "Of course He's there. Of course He listens." Then he admits, "Granted, He doesn't always answer quite this quickly."
- Used for drama in Small Gods, the one which really expands on the God Needs Prayer Badly nature of the Disc. For hundreds of years, Omnians have stopped believing in Om, but rather the Omnian Church built up around it, andd especially the Quisition that roots out heretics and those whose faith is lacking. So when Om in turtle form drops out of the sky onto Vorbis' head, preventing Brutha's public execution just in time, the belief created by witnessing this miracle is so strong it zaps Om back to full strength.
Live Action TV
- In the Mr. Belvedere TV series, Belvedere got stuck because of something Kevin did. When Kevin got in a similar situation, Belvedere says this.
- The TV show ER, episode "Whose Appy Now?". Carter's upset because he's being denied the chance to perform an exciting surgery and reassigned to an appendectomy instead.
Dr. Angela Hicks: You haven't seen the patient yet.
[Carter looks out the window and sees Dr. Benton being wheeled down the hall on a gurney]
Dr. John Carter: Ohhhhhhhh there is a God!
- Uttered by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, when Richard Hammond draws the Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle for the Series 13 race to Edinburgh (Clarkson hates motorbikes). Pure Kayfabe, however, as all three presenters knew which vehicle they would get beforehand.
- A humorous inversion from Babylon5:
Ivanova: If I get through this day without completely losing my mind, it will be a miracle of biblical proportions.
Corwin: There goes my faith in the almighty.
- 1000 Ways to Die uses a humorous version in the episode "Bitch Zapped" when a Henpecked Husband sees his harpy of a wife unknowingly running over the man's arc welder cord and getting electrocuted while showing him how to mow the lawn. After his wife fell lifeless on the ground, he nonchalantly picks up his wife's martini and says "There IS a god!" while shaking his head.
- Unsurprisingly, appears (in its serious form) in The Bible itself, in 1 Samuel and also in Psalm 58:
The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.
Then people will say, ‘Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.’.
- After having... pretty much everyone's religious beliefs insulted with Chuck Austen's bastardized and over-simplified representation of Catholicism and religion as a whole, Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall asks that "Holy War" be expunged and be given something good. He is granted a Blue Beetle comic with a crack of thunder and responds "There is a God." Benzaie parodies this scene later asking the dimensional portal for help too.
- Long story short: when Eric Cartman gets a million dollars he buys an amusement park, which causes Kyle to lose his belief in God, which in turn causes him to be at death's door due to a hemorrhoid. At the end of the episode Cartman gets his comeuppance.
Stan: Look, Kyle, Cartman is totally miserable. [a shot of Cartman on his knees, sobbing] Even more miserable than he was before because he's had his dream and lost it.
Cartman: It's not fair! It's not fair; I wanna die! I wanna daaahahie! [Kyle looks at Cartman, then up at the sky, then sits up and removes the oxygen mask]
Kyle: You are up there! [smiles]
- In Clone High, Joan Of Arc had been trying to stop her film (which contained a declaration of her love for Abe) from being played at the school film festival. When the projection booth catches fire and Edison announces all the films got destroyed, she proclaims there is a God. She then takes it back when Edison announces that Joan's film had not only survived, but had been expanded somehow and was now in widescreen. Fortunately, her work was so abstract that no one suspected it was Joan's love letter to Abe...save for Sigmund Freud.
- When Jay Sherman became a trucker and took his son on a trip, Marty pointed out a shooting star, insisting his father make a wish. Jay thinks a moment, and said shooting star annihilates a billboard advertising Ace Ventura. Quote the critic, "Thank you, God!"