The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
The Question on Everyone’s Mind
Is there a God?
I believe this is the most important question of all time. The answer to this one question can define your life. It can give meaning and purpose to your life like nothing else can!
And as I think about it, I think there are three possible answers to the question:
Yes, there is a God.
No, there is not a God.
I don’t know if there is a God.
I want to explore, briefly, these three questions. I value your insight and input as well – please leave a comment about any (or all) of the questions (or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yes, There is a God
As a Christian, this is the answer that I immediately come up with when asked if there is a God.
But is it as simple as that? I don’t think so.
How do I know there is a God?
There are two ways that I come to the conclusion there is a God.
The first is by looking at the world around me.
I’ve visited some pretty amazing places in my 50+ years on this planet. I’ve seen (and skied) the Dolomites in Northern Italy.
I’ve hiked (and camped) in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest (Northern Idaho).
I’ve climbed rocks in Joshua Tree National Park.
Waking up and seeing the sunrise in these places leads me to believe that, yes, there is a God. And he’s an artist!
The other way I come to the conclusion that there is a God is through his revelation.
Starting with the Book of Genesis and concluding with the Book of Revelation, God has specially revealed himself in the written word called The Bible.
But these are not the only ways that show me there is a God. And I can explain that in dealing with the second response to the question, “Is there a God?”
No, There is Not a God
Many people do not believe in God. I’m not one of those people.
There have been too many things that have happened in my life for me to reach that particular conclusion.
I’m alive, for instance. I survived my teenage years! I probably shouldn’t have, except that God sent his angels to protect me from myself! I’ve fallen off roofs. I nearly fell out of a tree three stories off the ground. I’ve been in car accidents. All pretty typical for the American teenager. Yet, I survived them all and I can only credit God for that!
I’ve also a pretty great life! I have the love of a woman who has stood by me for over twenty-seven years, moved with me across the country half a dozen times, and we’ve raised three amazing sons.
Because of these things (and much more) I could never come to the conclusion that there is not a God.
However, I do know people that have come to that conclusion. Perhaps you do, too.
My advice is to listen to them. Don’t avoid them. Talk with them. Let them tell their story about why they don’t believe in the existence of God.
Also, don’t criticize them for that belief!
While the belief that there is no God is not widespread, I suspect that many more are unsure about the existence of God.
I Don’t Know If There is a God
The reasons that I do believe there is a God that I recounted above are just my reasons. As they say, “your mileage may vary.”
I can appreciate the doubts many people have about God’s existence. It isn’t anything to be ashamed of. The people who have doubts are certainly not alone.
And many of us who do believe there is a God welcome – whole-heartedly – the opportunity to talk to you who have your doubts about God.
In my case, my purpose would not be to convert anyone who has doubts. I would also not want to ridicule anyone who has doubts.
I simply would want to listen to that person and talk with them. I want to hear their story and, if appropriate, tell my own story.
Jesus Deals With This Question
There is a story in the life of Jesus that I am greatly influenced by.
He was in a small town at the city well in the heat of the day. He was all by himself when a local woman came to the well for water.
Jesus asked her for a drink. She was shocked that he was even talking to her, much less asking her for water.
After a brief exchange, the question about God came out.
“Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?” (John 4:19-20, The Message)
While the woman did believe in God, she had her doubts as to who God is.
Jesus listened to her. Jesus let her ask her questions. Then Jesus lovingly answered them. (The result was that a whole village came to know Jesus as the Son of God!)
That’s what I try to do.
How about you?
God, thank you for revealing yourself to me in natural and special ways. Help me to listen to others and share my story – your story – with them about you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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