Confessions Relative to the Existence of God
God Thoughts from a Christian Author
The primary meaning of the word “confessions” is “acknowledgment; avowal; admission.” Now, I confess that I am a broken sinner saved by grace, being transformed into the image of Christ by grace as I look to Him. But that is not my primary point of confession here. My primary confession is that there has never been a time in my life that I have not believed in God. That does not mean that I have always been a Christian. It does mean that from my earliest memories of childhood I believed God was there. That has always been a given to me.
Have there been moments of doubt? Sure. We all have those moments, attacks of the enemy trying to undermine reality and truth. I stop, focus my mind on the reality of things, smile and nod—yep, God is there! You might ask, “But how can one be sure?”
Ultimately my assurance rests in my real and personal relationship with Christ—either I am insane or He is real, and if He is real God is real. But there are many reasons to believe in God. And in truth, no other concept or philosophy makes sense of all that is.
Life can be looked at as a dance, a drama being played out, or even a symphony. And as I point out in “The God Question,” if there is no God, existence is absurd and the symphony has no meaning. Furthermore, the very idea of telling me what I should or should not believe becomes absurd. For that matter, social order is absurd if there is no God; and death? Death becomes its own Black Hole. If there is no God neither the individual nor society as a whole has meaning. In fact, meaning itself becomes an arbitrary thing without meaning.
Witness of another Christian Author
Christian author and apologist, Josh McDowell, was an atheist bent on destroying Christianity. In a recent article of his he writes: I used to think that Christians had two brains—one was lost and the other was out looking for it. For me, the “faith” of Christianity was an arbitrary decision to dogmatically believe in something despite all the evidence to the contrary. I thought faith was blind. So, when a group of Christians challenged me to investigate the evidence for Christianity intellectually, I thought it was a joke. I accepted their challenge, fully intending to destroy Christianity and rub it in their faces.
He further writes: I spent months traveling around the world investigating the claims of Christ. By the time I finished, I was shocked. Not only was it impossible for me to refute Christianity, I actually became convinced that it was true based on the historical evidence! It turns out that I was severely mistaken about faith. Christian faith is not a commitment to hold onto falsehood despite the contrary evidence. Rather, it is a commitment to hold onto truth in light of the positive evidence.
He goes on to explain the evidence that persuaded him that God was there and the Bible was God’s Word.
Making Sense of It All
The very fact that there is life says God is there. Life coming “naturally” from non-life, even giving it millions of years, is absurd. But not only does the fact that there is life speak for God’s existence, but the reality of intelligence shouts God’s presence. Intelligence, reason, meaning, understanding and wisdom: All of those rational things coming from nothingness and non-life? Cut me a break! Then there is creative genius, emotions, love, compassion, design, and on and on. Yes, God is there.
Atheism Is a Religion
Strange as it is to me, in many quarters today atheism is vogue, naturalism answers all, and…who needs God! But in truth, atheism is a religion based on faith, and takes more faith to believe than accepting the reality that God is there and is behind all that we see.
Avery Foley and Ken Ham wrote a great article on the subject of atheism as a religion. Here is a quote from their article: Atheism is a system of beliefs that atheists cling to with both ardor and faith. Below are some of the tenets of this belief system. Notice that none of them are scientifically proven (and even go against science!) —that’s where atheists’ faith comes in. They accept these assertions based on faith that they are true.
• There is no God or gods.
• There is no supernatural.
• Everything is the result of naturalistic processes over time.
• Life evolved from a single-celled organism.
• Death is the end—when you’re dead, that’s it.
None of our accomplishments, advancements, breakthroughs, triumphs, or heartbreaks will ultimately matter as we face extinction along with our universe. This is certainly a bleak and hopeless perspective.
Some Final Thoughts
I take delight in being a Christian author. God is there, and my books are written from a perspective of meaning and hope in the midst of a fallen, broken world. My worldview is rooted in the truth of God’s Word and my faith in God is rooted in my personal relationship with Christ. My faith in Christ does not rest in blind belief. I know Him and am known by Him!
To get my personal perspective on relationship with God in Christ you might want to read “Reflections of a Searching Soul” The subtitle is “God Thoughts.”
Being a Christian author I have written many books, fiction and non-fiction, all dealing with the realities of life, and rooted in a biblical worldview. You will find all of my books at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble. Take a look!
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