IS GOD HIDING?
The Huffington Post recently asked a survey question: Where are you on the scale of belief in God? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/belief-in-god-uchicago-report_n_1463379.html?ref=religion)
Please indicate which statement comes closest to expressing what you believe about God:
1. I don’t believe in God.
2. I don’t know whether there is a God and I don’t believe there is any way to find out.
3. I don’t believe in a personal God, but do believe in a Higher Power of some kind.
4. I find myself believing in God some of the time, but not at others.
5. While I have doubts, I feel that I do believe in God.
6. I know that God really exists and I have no doubts about it.
7. Can’t Choose
8. No Answer
Respondents were categorized as atheists (option 1), agnostics (option 2), deists (option 3), waivers (option 4), weak believers (option 5) and strong believers (option 6) depending on their answer choice.
After reading the article I’m asking myself: how do I know God exists and how can I show someone else that they (too) can know for sure that God exists?
Here’s how it makes sense to me:
A) I realize God is not simply a feeling.
B) I realize God is not found by reason alone
C) I realize God makes His existence known some other way
WHERE CAN GOD BE FOUND?
The answer for me is in Hebrews 11.
I’ve heard some object to these words because they seem to eliminate reason and physical evidence.
This isn’t really true.
But God does expect us to use something that is available beyond our five senses and beyond our shoddy human reasoning.
Look at these words in Hebrews 11: 1 & 6. (I’ve printed them for you from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible). Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see … without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Obviously faith is the reality beyond reason or feelings.
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So in my mind it works like this: Faith comes before reason or the senses will receive any longed for proof.
This is the way God has set it up.
Where are you on the scale of belief in God?
When do you know God exists?
I’m telling you my opinion and I’ll be happy to listen to yours.
I say you’ll know God is real when you begin exercising the faith given to you by God’s Holy Spirit.
Then the evidence will follow as God rewards your faith.