I Believe In God, But You Don't Have To
I'd like to give you a few reasons explaining why I believe in GOD. But if you consider yourself a true atheist or agnostic, you'll get no argument from me.If you confidently choose not to believe, I can respect that. At least you have the courage of your convictions. Frankly you have more guts than I did..
For more years than I'm comfortable to admit, I believed JESUS CHRIST was a real entity. I had accepted HIM as my Savior. I believed "The Bible" from cover to cover and yet I seldom if ever prayed. I attended church sporadically, more out of duty than devotion. But essentially, I was ignoring God. This happens with a lot of us Christians, We accept GOD's invitation.Then we're no-shows.Go figure. Seems "the spirit is willing" but the flesh is indeed, pathetically weak.
Personally, once I experienced GOD's grace, I figured HE was darn lucky to have me. I really didn't like the way HE seemed to just let things happen. Obviously HE needed a personal adviser who could clear up a few things HE just didn't understand. Such as why is so much evil unpunished? Why do bad people prosper?, If YOU know everything why even create Lucifer when YOU knew he was going to rebel? Why can't YOU fix me up with Michelle Pheiffer ? Whine ! Whine ! Whine !
Years later, GOD would let me come back, but only after HE was able to penetrate my considerably dense cranium, with the knowledge that HE WAS GOD, AND i WAS NOT. Truth be told, most REAL Christians probably have a similar "pride vs GOD" story, or their own unique account of boxing with GOD.
The point is that for those years while you non-believers were busy living an authentic non-believing lifestyle, I was faking it, I just went through the motions, believing but not believing. My faith was lukewarm at best. Which isn't really wise, because if you know the Bible at all ,you know God is no fan of the lukewarm. :
When I think about those years in the spiritual wilderness I've taken great comfort in the words of British writer, and middle-age convert, G.K. Chesterton "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried". Guilty as charged. Believe me, I know and understand from first hand experience how hard it can be to truly believe.So I won't be one of those Christians who will vigorously hammer your unbelief.
But I've promised you reasons, so here are four simple reasons you can easily ponder for yourself. The fifth reason is a personal experience that I believe leaves little room for doubt for GOD'S existence.But be warned these are very simple observations. I'm not trying to dazzle you with theological postulates.
1). in basic biology they taught us the Earth's atmosphere is 78% oxygen, 21% nitrogen, and 1% of some gases to be named later. In order for human beings to coexist with the divergent flora and fauna throughout the planet, this 78-21-1 composition is actually perfect.for all life forms concerned. Could this perfect atmospheric mixture honestly be the result of some huge intergalactic explosion.Can atmospheric order come from atmospheric chaos ?
2) ""DNA"" Yes I'm talking good old Deoxyribonucleic Acid. The stuff that makes you - you. Perhaps I'm not smart enough to believe DNA is the result of adaptation and evolution over millions of years. I won't try to argue that scientifically because I can't. The little I know about DNA has convinced me it would take more faith to believe It wasn't purposefully created than to believe it was.
3) Pick up any college anatomy text and you'll no doubt find a factoid which pretty much seals the deal for me on the existence of God. If you were to take the circulatory system for the average individual adult, the veins, the arteries, capillaries, or any other tube which carries blood and string them all together, do you know how far that would stretch"? On average between 55,000 and 60,000 miles. You may think that's a misprint. But you saw it right. That's five decimal places. That would be roughly 10 round-trips between NY and LA. Could this vast yet intricate system of pipes really be the result of mere happenstance?''
4) This may sound stupid, but I've always marveled at how sunrises, sunsets,and the phases of the moon, are all on a predictable schedule. Perhaps that's what is; meant by the Scripture verse - "The heavens declare the glory of God ..... (Psalm 19;1)
5) Finally, since belief in the Almighty is primarily an exercise in "faith" let me bring this to a more personal level. One of my duty stations in the Coast Guard was in Virgina Beach VA. The call went out for volunteers for 3-4 months of temporary duty in the District Office in Miami FL. So, since it was January, I volunteered. I wanted to get there as soon as possible.So, I decided to drive straight through from Virginia Beach to Miami even though I hadn't much sleep prior to my departure.But I was used to long, strange hours from my tedious work in the Communications Center. So I set off for Miami.
It was sometime between 2 and 3 AM on I-95 right around where South Carolina turns into Georgia. Suddenly I awoke with a start. I had fallen asleep at the wheel. But here's the thing, I was still in full control of the car and was flawlessly following an exit ramp off of I-95. I had no idea how long I'd been asleep or how far I'd driven asleep. This is the honest truth. It's almost like I just decided to get off at the next exit, even though I knew I didn't make that decision.
As I sat in my car trying to figure out why I wasn't currently in a mess of mangled metal in a ditch off the interstate. I knew it was GOD !! It had to be GOD !! Nothing else could explain it. Since this was during a period where I'd been running from GOD, it was all the more confounding. But I knew there were people who were praying for me, HE was honoring "their prayers", not "my goodness".
So, agnostics, atheists, and reluctant believers everywhere, I respect your opinion. Because this flawed follower of Jesus Christ is in no position to point fingers.But if you're curious, I'll be glad to point the way to the ONE who can keep your hands on the wheel !! Unless of course, HE insists on driving !!