- Religion and Philosophy
Having a Relationship With God
Whether you’re an atheist, or a Christian, shouldn’t you know what you’re talking about? If you’re going to refute God’s existence, know what you are arguing against. If you’re going to proclaim your faith, you need to have a relationship with Him in order to know Him.
There are many reasons why people are Christians. There are many reasons why people claim there is no God. Unfortunately, there have been many “Christians” who’ve shown God in an unfavourable light, and mercifully, there have been many Christians who’ve revealed God to the world. But you shouldn’t rely on other’s for your own belief or lack thereof, you must seek knowledge about God for yourself—you need to have your own relationship with Him.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:" Revelation 1:1 The Bible starts and ends with God. Genesis starts with the creation of our world, and Revelation ends with creation of a new world—but from beginning to end, it’s all about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and our relationship with Him.
To get to know who God is, you need to read the Bible, His Words: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39 Get to know the Word and let Him reveal Himself to you. There are many online bibles available: blueletterbible.org or biblegateway.org. You can also buy them online or at your local book store.
Pray for the Holy Spirit
Before studying the Bible, pray for the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are about to read. "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Luke 11:9, 13 "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." Philippians 3:15
Study the Bible
This isn’t a novel that you can read mindlessly, but a textbook/manual that you need to study. You will have many questions, and only by studying the bible will you get the answers: the core answer to all questions is that God is Love. Why did He...? What did He…? Just remember that God is love and you will be half-way to learning the answer. Some texts will be hard to understand, but that’s when you need to keep praying and seeking an answer. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Timothy 3:16
If you’ve never opened the Bible, you could start with Mark, John, Matthew, Luke—get to know Jesus. "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." John 14:7 Then you can move on to Genesis and sequential books in the Old Testament up to Isaiah. Then read Acts and all the epistles. Go back to the Old Testament and read Jeremiah up to Malachi, and then Revelation.
Meditate on Its Meaning
Don’t close the book and forget what you’ve read, but meditate on them in quiet moments. Seek answers and understanding. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11 "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works." Psalm 73:28 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8
When you understand God, you draw close to Him. You become a child of God not because you want anything from Him, but for the sole reason of just being with Him. Not in the future, but now.
- The Necessity of Prayer
Prayer is so important; Jesus needed to do it morning and evening, and sometimes all night.