Do you find yourself doubting God’s existence?
We can Google almost any question and get a variety of answers and perspectives,
so why would we need God?
With so many thoughts and ideas appealing to our intellectual biases, it can be tempting to find online groups that readily agree with our ideologies. However, our intellectual biases need to be tested. Jesus challenged the intellectual elites of his day by revealing errors in their thinking and the seditious intent of many who claimed to be good. If someone appears more knowledgeable than us, it is easy to see them as an expert. Even when people have knowledge, they can end up on a path that eventually leads to their demise. When people suffer the consequences of wrong choices that are done in good faith, they often begin to question whether there is a God.
Imagine what it would be like for the person of Jesus to be among us in this age of technology?
Jesus acknowledged the intellects of his day; even the Pharisees and the Sadducees who were to uphold the Law of Moses. He described them as a burden to the people because they added so much (human knowledge) to the Laws of Moses that even they themselves could not live it. Is today really all that different? There are many of us who suffer with decision fatigue from the onslaught of information. There is much debate on what is true or untrue, relevant or irrelevant. Jesus made a bold claim. He said, I am The Truth (John 14:6) … and he did not end there. He also said, I am The Way, and I am The Life. The Bible warned us that knowledge would increase, and Jesus made it clear that human knowledge would not satisfy the soul. So, if what we seek is human knowledge and the questions in our hearts remain unanswered, is it any wonder so many of us ponder his existence? If the person of Jesus were among us today, perhaps his message would still be the same.
According to the Bible, finding God requires a fundamental change of heart (Romans 10:9-10.)
A psychological stumbling block for many people is that they seek a sign (proof/miracle or human wisdom) in order to believe; but according to scripture we are told that there will be no sign (Mark 8:11-12). However, scripture does say that we can find God, if we seek him with all of our heart and soul (Deut. 4:29).We are also told that God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship in him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This informs us that the sign we receive will be a spiritual response from God and not one that is found in human knowledge or in a miracle of some sort (1 Cor 1:22).
Most believe that our physical bodies are animated by our spirit, and many of us believe that we have souls (Gen 2:7.) If we consider ourselves to be more than a material body, why not seek the one who says he created the spirit within us? We are invited to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). This provocative statement is a call to go deep within ourselves. Do we dare test this bold invitation to find out for ourselves, whether God is real? What if it is possible that we really are made in his image and were created to seek after him (Acts 17:27)?
For two thousand years, the question of God’s existence has crossed generations, cultures, and peoples. Despite persecution, the immortal story of Jesus continues to pierce the hearts of those in need of spiritual comfort. This is what Jesus promised when He said, “I must go away so the Comforter, can come. The Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you in all things” (John 16:7). Whether you doubt God’s existence or doubt the natural religious inclination of humanity, you are not alone in your questions. We are told that the evidence of him is everywhere (Romans 1:19-20). Perhaps it is up to us to look.