I’ve been spending time with a few people over the last couple of months. Recently, I learned that some of them are atheists and agnostics.
During our last meeting, I listened as they discussed creationism versus evolution, the validity of the flood and whether only two of each animal species could be enough to repopulate the earth, and where the Garden of Eden is – if it ever existed.
That’s all fascinating, I guess.
I haven’t researched how science does and doesn’t prove the validity of the Bible because I would never use science to talk about God with someone who doesn’t believe he exists or is good.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t use science. I guess you should use whatever convinced you to believe in the first place.
For me, that’s relationship.
My parents raised me to believe that God is real by taking me to church a few times a week. They didn’t talk too much about him at home, so my main impression of him came from the invigorating sermons that I would hear on Sunday mornings.
As a young child, I would watch as the preacher banged his hand on the podium and talked excitedly about… what was he talking about?
And, why was he making those sounds in his throat as if he’d run all the way to church that morning? I ‘ve attended three denominational churches in my life, and I doubt any of the sermons there led me to God.
But, one day I heard him speak to me.
Late one night as I hung up the phone and shuffled back to my room, I asked God a question.
“So, what do you think?”
I had just agreed to be someone’s girlfriend despite the red flags I noticed.
It wasn’t an audible voice, but I heard it, and I knew that God was answering me. I mentioned this to illustrate that relationship with God is what fuels my belief in him despite arguments against things described in the Bible.
I may look into what science has to say about Biblical stories because it could be interesting, but don’t look to science to tell you whether God exists.
Know for yourself. Try asking God a question today.
Here are some scriptures (from the King James Version) that show some of the basic Christian beliefs concerning Jehovah God. If you disagree about something in this post, it helps to understand the belief system that you are disagreeing with.
God cares about ALL of our concerns.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
God is not confined to one space, only able to deal with one thing at a time.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:23-24
God wants a relationship with us.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
People who believe in God expect to hear from him. It’s common.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalms 32:8
God rewards those who seek him. This is why I mentioned asking him a question.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
People who believe in God are supposed to take care of those in need. This is one way that God answers prayers.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35 )
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:32-40)