Yet I was still trying to debate. In one clear, abrupt moment, my friend turned to me and said, "You know, I can't make this decision for you, and God's not going to wait forever. And I immediately knew she was right. I was playing around with a very important decision. So I went home and decided that I was going to decide.
I was going to either ask God to come into my life, or I was going to end the subject forever and never allow myself to consider the possibility of God again. I was tired of dealing with this decision. I was tired of thinking about it. So, for the next three or four hours, I reviewed everything I had read and observed. I evaluated it all. I concluded that the evidence for God was so strong that it made more sense to believe in God than to believe he wasn't there. Then I had to act on that conclusion.
I knew that just intellectually concluding God existed, was way too light. It would be like deciding Faith in an airplane means nothing. However, if you need to get somewhere and an airplane is the way, you have to decide to act and actually get on the plane. After a few hours of thought I addressed God, "Ok you win.
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I ask you to come into my life, and you may do with it whatever you'd like. I went to bed and the next morning wondered if God was still there. And honestly, I kind of "sensed" that he was. One thing I knew for sure. I immediately had a huge desire to get to know this God whom I now believed in. I wanted to read the Bible. When I did, it seemed that God was spelling out who he is and how he viewed this relationship with him. It was amazing. What really surprised me is how often he talked about his love. I hadn't expected that. In my mind, I was simply acknowledging God's existence.
I had no expectations of him, but as I read the Bible, he chose to communicate his love to me. That was a surprise. Now, my basic, skeptical nature was still there. The first few months or year, I would ask myself, "Am I really believing in God? And, why am I? So my "faith" in God did not rest on feelings, but on facts, on reasons. To me, it's like the foundation of a building. It's like someone driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. They can feel whatever they'd like about the bridge. In the same way, the objective reality of God--the logical, historical, scientific reasons to believe in his existence, are important to me.
There are people who don't seem to need that.
But I hate being fooled, and I have little regard for wishful thinking. The substantiating reasons for God's existence mattered to me. Since that time, now that I've been a Christian for a number of yearswhy do I now believe in God? What reasons do I have for continuing to believe in God?
I'm not sure any of these are going to be believable to you. But I'll try to put that concern aside and be candid with you. Previously my questions were about God's existence. After beginning a relationship with God, I saw additional evidence that God is real. Such as When I have questions, concerns, or would like insight on a matter, God speaks to me through the Bible.
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What he shows me is always perfectly suited to my question, and a better, more satisfying answer than I expected. Here's an example. One day, my schedule, deadlines, and obligations were crawling up my neck and tightening their hold. You know that feeling when you're so overwhelmed, you don't know what to do first? So I got out a piece of paper and pen, and asked God: "Just tell me what you want me to do, and I'll do it. I then opened my Bible and immediately read where Jesus was talking with a man who was blind.
Jesus was asking him, "What do you want me to do for you? I read it again. Jesus asked: "What do you want me to do for you? This, I have found, is characteristic of God. Reminding us that he is there.
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That he cares, and he's capable. I choose that example because it's brief. But I could cite hundreds of examples where I was asking God a question and he perfectly, thoroughly answered me. Christian Standard Bible Jesus replied, "This is the work of God--that you believe in the one he has sent.
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King James Bible Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent. American King James Version Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent.
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American Standard Version Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. Douay-Rheims Bible Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent. Darby Bible Translation Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he has sent.
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