How Do I know If God Is Really Real?

…believing in God might be fine for my grandparents and parents, but it’s not for me.  We live in a “CSI” world.  If something cannot be seen, felt, and measured, or, discovered in a laboratory, then there isn’t any real reason to believe it exits.  If there is a God, how can I know that He is really real?

 There are numerous ways to approach this question.  I’ll take a swing at it my way; you may go at it differently.

Okay, let’s say that there is no God.  The universe runs strictly on mathematical principles.  Natural, predictable laws govern all that there is.  There is only birth, life, and death.  Nothing exists beyond this.  If this is the case, then we can safely say that there can be no such thing as amiracle.  Miracles – by definition – run contrary to natural laws.  They are not merely interesting events – they are unnatural events that by definition cannot happen.  They are illogical and unpredictable.

But what must we conclude if a miracle took place?  What would happen if we could find even one documented miracle within the course of humankind?  What would that mean?  Well, I think that it would mean that the laws of nature were bent or broken by something higher – something more potent.  One might even call that thing God.

I have reason to believe that many miracles have happened during the course of humanity.  But one in particular stands out.  It is the resurrection of a man, Jesus of Nazareth.  All reputable historians agree that a man named Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death by the Romans, and that that sentence was carried out beyond the city of Jerusalem.  Historians agree that the followers of Jesus claimed that he raised himself from the dead a few days later.  He appeared not only to his followers, but was seen by skeptics, and one who was violently hostile toward him.  All of these; the followers, the skeptics, and the hostile, would later testify that Jesus was in fact raised from the dead.  Most of these witnesses died horrible deaths, which they could have avoided if they would admit that the resurrection did not take place.  They refused.

Coming back from the dead is a miracle.  It should not have happened.  But we have reliable testimony from both favorable and unfavorable sources that Jesus was seen after his death.  Their testimony has compelled me to believe that the laws of nature are subject to a higher law; a higher power.  They have compelled me to believe that God is really real.

But, you say, that was a long time ago.  How do I know that God is really real in my life?

Some have refused to believe in God because he has not met their requirements.  They believe that God should reveal himself to them in a special way in order to make them believe in him.  If God wants me to believe in Him, he should send me an angel, bail me out of this problem, or provide some obvious miracle. 

 But who are we to set the requirements?  Does the painting tell the artist how it should be painted?  Does the house dictate to the architect how it should be built?  Should the child deem for itself what activities are safe?

I believe that God has provided sufficient, reliable evidence, not only for his existence, but even sufficient to believe in him.  And this leads us to the ultimate reality.  For, when we begin to trust God, we begin to experience the reality of God.

Peace,

dane

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