Belief, Faith and Trusting in God

Believer's Seekers Atheist and Agnostics

This is an article for believers, seekers, atheists and agnostics. In this article I will share the true story about people who were not only non-believers but people who purposefully set themselves on a journey to disprove the Bible and Christianity. As you read I pray that you will be hungry to learn more about your own journey in life. I hope this article creates questions and interest for the seeker, atheist and agnostic. May God touch your heart and give you faith!

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What is Faith?

In the uncertainty of these times we need Faith. What is Faith? Webster’s dictionary defines faith as “belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust.

In this hub I'd like to begin by sharing references about Faith and lead into stories of people who were once Agnostic and Atheist but who in the process to disprove Christianity found Faith in a very real God of the Bible.

I will strive to engage you as we take an up close considerate look at the following:

  • References about Faith
  • Why Believe in What Cannot Be Seen
  • Begin With the Word of God
  • Agnostic Turned Believer
  • Atheist Turned Believer
  • Take the Challenge - Get yourself a Study Bible - Access Online Resources for Study

If you are left with one thought, after reading this article, I hope it will be, there is no one beyond God's reach!

References about Faith

The Bible is filled with references about Faith - Here is a Sample:

  • An Assured Faith: "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1
  • A Response to Faith: "Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."Matthew 9:2
  • A Tested Faith: "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." I Peter 1:6,7
  • A living Faith: "We live by faith, not by sight." II Cor. 5:7
  • An Overcomers Faith: "for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith." I John 5:4
  • A Saving by Faith: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--" Ephesians 2:8

Why Believe?
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Why Believe in What Cannot Be Seen?

Many find it hard to have a belief in something which has no tactical or visual proof. Why believe in what cannot be seen?

Faith brings purpose to those whom, having not seen, still believe in God. The Bible says in I Peter 1:8 "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy."

There are those who believe no matter the cost. Back in Bible times, believing in Jesus came with a cost. The newborn faith, in the believer's life, drew attention away from the religious leaders. Those who chose faith were placed under these leaders scrutiny. The religious leaders were threatened by Jesus .. A true disciple knew that following Jesus meant persecution and the very real possiblity of losing their lives for Christ's sake ... Yet Jesus’ true followers' would not deny Him. They had seen the Messiah and knew that He held the power of life and death in His own hands.

Just as those living in Jesus time; Christians down through the ages have clung to a Faith whose hope is in Jesus' sure return. Faith changes them from the inside out. Faith brings hope and light into the darkest pit of life's journey. A follower of Christ does not believe in coincidences. By Faith, they see the hand of God at work in all things at all times. The believer knows, by Faith, that "God works all things together for the good of those that love Him." Romans 8:28

What do people, who have no faith, do when disasters happen and their hearts get broken? Without faith it would be easy to feel like a victim of circumstances and to concede with King Solomon as he viewed life, apart from God, proclaiming ... Meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless.

What is Faith? It is belief in a God you cannot see. Though it seems, to some, a concept hard to grasp, it doesn't mean it is not very real. Faith is like believing in the air you breathe in and are surrounded by. Although you cannot see faith or the air you breathe, you still believe because you see the manifestations. The manifestations of an extraordinary intelligent creator, like the air, are all around us and creation sings of His glory.

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Begin With The Word

Faith Comes by Hearing ... and hearing by the Word of God.

The stories I will be sharing with you are about people who started out as agnostics and atheists determined to prove the Bible false. Their plan was to begin their mission by reading through the Bible. During the course of this venture, the Word of God spoke to the spirit of the man.

As God moved - the man became aware that he was on Holy ground and what he was reading was not a book written by a mere human. They became convinced that the sacred text were God-breathed.

You see, the more time a person spends in this Holy book the more he is changed from the temporary, limited, earth-bound perspective, to the eternal truth.

Agnostic turned Believer

The story of Daktar is a fascinating true story about a couple, Dr. Vic. and Joan Olsen, who were self proclaimed agnostics turned believers. It is a story of their journey towards Faith.

Vic and Joan Olsen set out on a mission to disprove the validity of a personal God who speaks to mankind through the Bible, but instead found the flaws in their thinking and proved to themselves that the Bible is God's very word to us.

Dr. Viggo Olsen B.S., M.S., M.D., F.A.C.S., D.T., M.&H., was one of four in his class at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, to receive the M.D. degree cum laude.

Viggo declined the opportunity to become sixth in the prestigious Halsted lineage of surgeons and a professor at an early age. His Faith led him to leave everything behind and fly to the other side of the world to serve in East Pakistan.

I have the book Daktar featured for you on the right. I know you will be engrossed by the details of this couples journey - I couldn't put it down.

Can you imagine being gifted with such a high intelligence and being offered a promising future with all the bells and whistles of fame and fortune only to turn it down and choose rather to go to a third world country completely void of comfort, fame or fortune? .

That's just what Vic and Joan did. They left the applause and respect of colleagues to serve the God they found to be real.

If you have read this book, I would love it if you'd comment below or if you read the book as a result of this hub - please come back and share your thoughts about the book - it would so bless me.

Atheist Turned Beleiver

Lee Strobel was an award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune and was also an avowed atheist. Lee was an Atheist turned believer. He also set out to investigate and disprove the Bible. In "The Case for Christ" he presents compelling evidence and expert testimony for the claims of Christianity.

As a seasoned journalist, with a Yale law background, Strobel systematically tracks down his leads to ask blunt tough questions - questions that can make or break the Christian faith. He refuses contrived, simplistic answers.

To learn more of his story and where his curiosity led ... read this provocative and spellbinding book called "The Case for Christ." I have it listed for you to the right.

Take the Challenge

If you have never taken the time to investigate the Bible for yourself, I'd like to challenge you to do just that. If you are an intellect, I surely would recommend both books I've written about above.

If you want to learn for yourself and are not sure how to go about reading the Bible, may I introduce you to the "How to Study the Bible" books listed below.

There are many reliable translations today. This year I am reading through New Living Bible and would highly recommend it. I listed the Living Bible below. The Online Amazon store is a great place to find new and deeply discounted prices on used books. I have also included links where you can listen to The Bible Online for free. The internet makes it SO easy for us.

God bless you as you journey - Please take the time to do your own search for Truth and contemplate the complexities of the Universe.

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The Bible Online

For those who have been motivated to dig into the Bible, to search the question for themselves "What is Faith," if you don't have a Bible, I have included The Bible Online website where you can read the whole Bible for free.

Read the Bible Online Here:

Bible Gateway - I recommend the Living Bible Translation for those who are new to Bible reading.

I have friends who tell me that they HATE to read. These friends would benefit by listening to the bible. For those who'd rather listen I have included an audio Bible Online. You are going to love it!

Listen to the Bible On-line Here:

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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Praying for you Betty .. if you must fall - let go .. knowing that His everlasting arms are beneath you.

Love and Hugs!

Mekenzie


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jesusmyjoy 4 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

thank you so much for the comment on my hub..God bless you


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Mekenzie 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you thomas for stopping by and leaving your encouraging comment. I'm going to head over to your hubs and see what's there. May God bless you as well.

Mekenzie


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thomasczech 5 years ago from Canada

Thanks for this beautiful hub. Keep up the good work. God Bless you and your family.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

MB, once again your words have filled me with wonder ... "we find it (Faith) at first when we gaze with newborn eyes on our mother's face and trust her over the womb that sustained us." What a tender thought, contemplating the baby's mind as trusting the warmth of mother's face over the comfort and security of the womb. Beautiful Picture! Magnificient!! You got it MB, Faith, Love and Hope will lift us up, give us the courage, keep us on the right track and ultimately get us through ...

Blessings dear man!


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Life requires faith, from the moment of birth till the instant of death, we find it at first when we gaze with newborn eyes on our mother's face, and trust her over the womb that sustained us. We have to embrace it so often in our lives even in simple ways like a set of stairs that is steep, yet we believe we can descend them. All of our most important changes in life require having the faith to take the steps to get it done. If we lose faith we most likely lose the beauty of what it offered. Marriages, churches,

talent, jobs, and so much more fall to a lack of faith.

It along with love and charity are our most important gifts we can offer to others and to God. ~~~~great Hub Mekenzie~~

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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh Calibar you really hit my funny bone when you mention the comments that come out and sometimes get past the retract time. I'm still giggling. So, dear friend, you are human too are you? It's a condition we all find ourselves in isn't it? I see your love for Jesus jump off the pages and I so enjoy it. It's hard for us Pilgrims to keep our focus on things eternal ... with all the garbage going on down here. Thanks again for your wisdom and for once again gracing my hubs. It is an honor dear man. Blessings


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mekenzie, you have done it again, a fine hub on a fine subject I enjoyed in agreement your words. I have faith that things around us happen as his will and giving way to his will through faith we, as long as we are alive can have hope through faith. I some times drop faith from my mind and make disconcerted comments that I probably should not make, by pressing the post comment button I have a 5 minute window to retract them, sometimes it dawns on me and I successfully get them and delete them. It seems that in anger or displeasure of politics cause me to do this. If I shut my big mouth and watch and pray, when things look disparaging a door will open and the very thing that bothers me and I pray about and I guess many others pray about as well are changed through faith. The most current was the death of Senator Kennedy and the appointment of Senator Brown who became a stumbling block to what would cause many Americans grief in there daily lives. If one looks at the whole picture it is one painted by someone who ultimately has a universal plan and he will see us through.

I so Love Jesus Christ and as a lifelong learning adventure I'm still learning to let go and put my faith out front as a shield. I realize that Faith is our gift as well as eternity if we hold our Faith in front and fore most.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dear Hop, thanks for stopping by my hub. Yes, there is power in the Word of God and He does speak to us through it. The angels do rejoice whenever a human accepts God's perfect gift of salvation. As you pray for God to use you, He will be faithful ... that you can count on ... because He never fails. I must admit I have been guilty of taking over control in the midst of trials ... if you read my hub entitled 'not my will' you'll find that out. But God is faithful at teaching us to trust Him and to release our grip of control to Him.


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Hopmoney wizard 6 years ago from barak

good hub mckenzie. ive been a long time Christian and its nice to read your hub its like a refresher to me. When we heard the word of God and He speak to us in his own way then we start to believe that truly God exist. And its a rejoice in heaven even a single person to believe in God. My everyday prayer to God is that i would not forget to practice my faith in Him to my everyday life. This is the part where some Christian tend to become skeptic when circumstances arise all of a sudden their faith become set aside and instead they take over their life that once been surrender to GOD.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello friend Skye, You are so sweet! Thanks for the encouragement dear one. I don't have the intellectual mind of the author's of the books that I reference here ... I did read Daktar and found Dr. Olson's journey to disprove the Bible to be amazing and facinating. My saving faith was really childlike and I grabbed onto it (for dear life) as soon as I heard it.

There are many intellectuals on the hubs - I read their questions and the answers of those who dare to take the challenge. I too pray that this hub will encourage those who seek ... to learn from other intellectuals who were once in their shoes.

Sending Hugs and Blessings to you..


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hi Mckenzie. Well done Good and fathful servent I have heard Doug Wallace He has quite the testimony.

It was nice to read a faith hub. I pray it gets to many mckenzie. So many are lost and hurting. Jesus is the way truth and life. The simplicity you used in your writing is awesome. I beleive one that has a must see mind can grasp onto your encouragement with ease.

Way to go sister. Sending Hug. Love, Peace and Joy in the New Year + + +


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you dear John, I appreciate the kudos. I place the address to my hubs on twitter every once in a while - we must be friends on twitter too. Do you have a different name on Twitter? I do.. It is Susieisgreen ... representing my eco interests. Blessings!


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Excellant hub, and for some reason it came up on my Twitter account! - glad it did!

Well done,

John


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

RevLady, This was a fun and interesting article to write. The books I recommend are great for those who are searching with an honest desire to know if God and/or His word is for real. I appreciate you and your ministry. I look forward to knowing you better through your hubs! Blessings


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A great testimony to the meaning and power of faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ Who is our power Source.

Forever His,


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

SL, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the additional verses about Faith. Anyone who has accepted Jesus as Lord, knows what it means to have Faith. You can't see it or explain it (well anyway) But for those of us who know HIM it is as sure as the ground we stand upon.


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SL Perrin 6 years ago from South Carolina

Thank you for inviting me to read this hub. I affirm with the well written piece and wish to back it up with John 20:29 that relates to man's having to see and those of us who haven't. To paraphrase: Jesus told Thomas you have seen me and my wounds and believed, now I say blessed are they who have not seen; yet believe. The second piece to back it up is in Heb. 11:1, Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Thanks Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Matt - I truly appreciate your encouragement! Have you ever read either of these books? I've read Daktar - facinating read. My husband has read The Case for Christ and shared it with some intellectual seekers. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!


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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

well thought out, well delivered, well written.. u have truly been blessed.. Keep going..


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for Stopping by Coolmon


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Enjoyable reading thanks for sharing

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