How Do I Believe That God Is Real?
Question: Ketonguno from India asks:
Dear Pastor Chris,
I have been hearing that God is real but I’m finding it very hard to believe. I just don’t know what to believe and how to believe. I have been reading the bible but I don’t understand what I’m reading. Also, I have been praying, but I don’t know to whom I am speaking. What do I do?
First there is a little bit of history that you’ve got to get. Almost 2000 years ago, a man named Jesus was born of a virgin and he declared that he was sent from God as God’s son. His birth was a miracle birth because he was born of a virgin and then he also told us, by several miraculous signs that he came from God and he brought a message from God and the Bible tells us how that he died for us as a sacrifice. He was buried. The third day God proved that he was truly from him by raising him from death. Jesus was raised from the dead as proof that he was from God. After his resurrection, he ascended in the presence of 120 people who saw him. The Bible tells us more than 500 people sawim after his resurrection. Now this Jesus ascended physically through the clouds to heaven- one more proof that he was the son of God- this Jesus being proved by God Almighty. When you say you don’t believe there is a God, you have to understand everything in nature could not have come accidentally there is too much order in nature to have come as an accident. It’s impossible! You’d have to deceive yourself.
Another beautiful thing is that every human being has the capacity to believe in an unseen God; everyone! It is natural to human beings to believe with their hearts. Believing is a choice and that’s why we talk about Jesus because he was more than a religious leader. God Almighty, whom he came to declare, testified of him through his birth, through his miraculous life, through his death (which he commanded). That’s another miracle- he gave up a ghost, he gave up his own spirit at his death and then by his resurrection from the dead and finally by his ascension into heaven- he didn’t just vanish! He ascended before the eyes of those who were watching him and through the clouds and the biggest part of all of this is that God vested power into his name such that almost 2000 years after all of this happened his name still has power today. His name still has power- at his name miracles happen, at his name demons tremble. His name still has power today! So, if you would believe in this Jesus of Nazareth, he would impart to you eternal life. You don’t have to see him with your optical eyes first- you can believe with your heart because his name still has power today. So, if you would believe this little information that we have given you and accept that Jesus Christ is the son of God, you would have eternal life- the life that he gives. You can receive that into your heart and then all of your sins that you’ve committed would be purged out of your heart. The nature of sin would be gone, because that’s the reason he came to die for us- to wash our sins away and settle that with God Almighty so we could have eternal life. So, this is very important for you. It’s a simple information but very powerful.