- Religion and Philosophy
How Do I Know If There's a God?
We all want to be Loved.
Whether you want respect at your workplace, from your boss, your colleague; acceptance from your dating partner, your spouse, your children; respect, acceptance, esteem, honor, recognition - this is all a variation of love. You want to be LOVED.
No matter how famous, how insignificant, you can’t deny that you want someone to acknowledge you, to know you, to accept you, to love you.
Our generation has seen that grow exponentially in this media age, where everything you do has to be acknowledged. To be shared with the world. See me, world. Accept me, world. Approve of what I’m doing.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 has been touted so much, it’s become almost expected at a sports arena––yet it’s true. God loves the world, loves you especially––one of over seven billion inhabitant of this world. And He created this world just for us. For you. You don’t have to believe it; you may not want to accept it. But its true––it’s just a natural law, like the gravity and the oxygen.
Whatever you were told about God, I hope it was that God loves you. That God died for you. A God who gave up His powers, immortality, left a wondrous place beside beings that loved Him—and died for you. But how do you know if that’s true? And if that’s true, do you care?
It's a Choice
Nothing I say will convince you of Christ’s love for you. You have to make a conscious decision. You may say, “I don’t feel God is real. I don’t feel He’s real in my life.” Feelings come and go (remember your first love and break-up? Remember a passionate sermon that made you be on fire for God? What’s happened since?) Choose to believe that God is real.
Pray to God for Faith. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Maybe you’ve never prayed before, but you’ve had conversations with your friends. You’ve queried recent acquaintances to find common ground. Prayer is the same. It’s a conversation with God; it’s getting acquainted with Him.
And you can do it anywhere. You don’t need a formal setting, a formal posture. Take a moment in your car, your office, or your room – close your eyes and block all interfering stimulus and honestly talk to God.
Read the Bible
Choose to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. As you search for God, as you learn and question, believe that He will reveal Himself. “I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,” (Isaiah 45: 5) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) Believe that your search will be vindicated.
You can find free Bibles online or download an app, including blueletterbible.org and biblegateway.org Blueletterbible.org is in-depth and even gives you the original Hebrew and Greek words that were translated into English. To figure out which Bible is right for you, go to Biblestudytools.com
Maybe you’ll try for one day, one week or one month – what would it hurt? There were moments you've wondered, is there someone greater out there? At your lowest point, you’ve asked: does someone care?
Yes, He does!
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord (Isaiah 1:18) Intellectually, you can’t believe beyond what you see and feel. Don’t let the daily grind interfere with your search for God, to find there’s more to life than what you’re currently living. God is the creator of the human mind, he wants your conscious acknowledgement, and He wants to answer your questions.
As much as a contract means to your job, or your faithfulness to your spouse, be committed to learning about God. How imprudent to wonder and think about God, but not actively pursue this course. He welcomes your challenges and wants you to know Him. Take the first step now, and do it again tomorrow. And again, the following day.
God does not ask anything of you. You don’t have to prove anything to Him. Trust in a God who loves you, wants you to see that He’s always been with you.
See that you are loved.
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