Well, Does He or Doesn’t He?

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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.

“No.”

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.

Update:

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)

17 thoughts on “Well, Does He or Doesn’t He?

  1. Errrr…so you think this being thought you were so special and your problem so important that it decided to answer you and not the millions starving or dying of diseases while begging this god for help?

    Talk about ego.

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    • Christina Frederick

      Everyone is significant to God, not just me. The point of this post is that instead of using arguments to prove that God does or doesn’t exist, seek out a relationship with him to find out for yourself. If you disagree with that, then that’s your right, of course.

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      • Your ego is huge. I wasnt trying to prove god exists or not. I was trying to demonstrate to you your humongous ego in that you think this god spent time telling you whether to be a good gf while not answering the prayers of starving children and those dying of disease.

        You don’t see that?

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      • Christina Frederick

        You think I have a huge ego. Awesome! Thanks for your comment. I believe God is omnipresent. He doesn’t have to choose between answering one person over someone else. And if we know of people who are starving or dying of a disease, we should do what we reasonably can to feed and comfort them. God speaking to me doesn’t mean someone else isn’t getting what they need.

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      • Of course he wouldn’t. But why do you think he would be giving you dating advice while someone starves?

        Of course we should be doing what we can. No one else will, including your god.

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    • JT

      I think it takes a lot of ego to comment on someone’s personal blog post that she didn’t hear from God. It certainly takes a lot of ego to be confident that your interpretation of someone else’s experience is absolutely correct. Christina believes that everyone is significant to God and that God hears our prayers. She in no way stated that she knows what other people are praying for or how those prayers are being answered. She simply shared an experience. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and I’m sure an actual dialogue about those beliefs would be welcomed, but that does not appear to be your intention. It might be more beneficial for us all if perhaps you spent time thinking of, and trying, some ways to help those starving people rather than ridiculing bloggers for sharing important parts of their lives.

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      • “I think it takes a lot of ego to comment on someone’s personal blog post that she didn’t hear from God.”

        a) I never said she didn’t hear from God.
        b) It’s not a personal blog. It’s a public one which invites comments.

        “t certainly takes a lot of ego to be confident that your interpretation of someone else’s experience is absolutely correct. ”

        I didn’t interpret anything. She did. I merely pointed out the amount of ego it takes to believe what she believes.

        “Christina believes that everyone is significant to God and that God hears our prayers.”

        Let’s go with this interpretation.

        Let’s say you have two kids. You care about them both equally.

        However, one is emaciated, dying of hunger and with her last breaths is asking for your help.

        The other is healthy and wants to know whether she should date a certain someone.

        Who do you help?

        “Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and I’m sure an actual dialogue about those beliefs would be welcomed, but that does not appear to be your intention.”

        I am talking. You’re just not agreeing with me. Having a dialogue doesn’t mean I can only say what you agree with.

        And I never said they’re not entitled to those beliefs. I’m also entitled to challenge them.

        ” It might be more beneficial for us all if perhaps you spent time thinking of, and trying, some ways to help those starving people rather than ridiculing bloggers for sharing important parts of their lives.”

        I’m a social worker. I probably do more to help people in a day than you do in a month.

        Why don’t you come up with a less ridiculous argument and actually read what I’m saying as opposed to putting words in my mouth.

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  2. Gee, Mr. Cranium, that’s so harsh (wink). I think maybe Ms. Tina has proved the existence of God! Once and for all, hearing voices proves there is a God. Wait. . .I hear something. . .”Yes, I hear you!” “What’s that?” “Your name is. . .Science?” Now, what do I do?

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  3. God is real. Anyone may deny or accept it. It’s personal to individuals.

    You want proof He exists? Look for Him.
    Are you looking for God? You’ll find Him, if you look for Him with all sincerity and not for wanting to prove it He exists or not.

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  4. Monica

    ‘But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
    1 Cor 2:14 AMP version
    Basically the natural man wont understand spiritual things because its to high for him. Having only wordly, natural knowledge is not enough….
    Finish by saying Pro 26:12 ; ) #sorry #notsorry

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  5. Great post Tina! I love science, but I have grown to love it more as I see it correspond to my understanding of God and the world. I do love your encouragement for people to try Him for themselves. I pray the Holy Spirit leads people to Himself through this post.
    If you are interested in finding out how science confirms the existence of God, there is a scientist named Hugh Ross. Him and his wife started Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to making the connection between science and belief in God as a means of spreading the gospel. He has a few lectures and interviews on YouTube channel and his website is http://www.reasons.org. They also have an app that constantly updates with the latest scientific discoveries. I really like their approach because it’s conversational and doesn’t seem rigid. And they have resources for people who believe, don’t believe, and who doubt, which is cool.

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  6. Christina,
    You did well in this contrived debate with Mr. Cranium. Thanks for speaking out so forcefully and candidly.
    Thought-provoking dialogue between you and Mr. Cranium. Here’s a link to a powerful video called, “Indescribable” by Louis Giglio.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNgJhuICrVA&t=101s. You can’t watch this video and not believe an awesome God exists and is still creating even to the far reaches of what we know as the universe.

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