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HOW TO BELIEVE IN GOD

An overview of how we can find genuine evidence
of God’s presence for ourselves.


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1.    INTRODUCTION

I am now quite confident that we all really can answer the question positively for ourselves, "Does God exist?" But, this does not mean that I have always thought that way. No, I was once a very dedicated atheist. And I still understand how implausible the notion of religious faith is to many people in this day and age. Completely understand!

During my professional career I relied on disciplined analysis and evaluation to succeed. Given my background, you may be wondering how someone like me came to hold such strong faith and belief. Well, like many other analytical, open minded individuals, I found that if we are willing to really look for evidence and we know where and how to look, then each one of us should actually be able to prove to ourselves that God exists! And I am meaning conclusively prove it.

By “prove”, of course, I do not mean to find proof in a scientific sense. Indeed God will never be proven to exist scientifically, because
he prevents it. Rather, when I do write the word “prove”, I mean meet the accepted standard of proof we require to conclude that anything is real within our day-to-day lives. In essence, the average human being accepts things as believable when they locate evidence
supporting the standard of “beyond reasonable doubt”, as far as they are concerned. It is thereby acknowledged by us at that point, through our power of reasoning, to be ‘real’.

I do advise though that we all must be sure our belief is in fact based on genuine evidence. We dont want our faith unravelling at a later date, possibly when we need it most.

2.    RECOGNISING HIS PRESENCE

So, how or where do we locate this evidence?

Like the millions of Christians who have gone before me, I now understand that God ultimately wants a deep one-on-one personal relationship with each of us and to be intimately involved within our individual lives. In effect we engage with God ... open ourselves to him. Briefly, we connect with him just as he desires of us. And that is where we come to recognise his presence; his existence. Potentially, very clearly!

That statement is based on my detailed analysis of Gods presence within my own life, and the lives of those fellow Christians who have provided me with details of their faith journeys. And that in turn bears out what the Bible actually offers us through its advice and guidance.

In essence this entails a journey based on our developing knowledge of the Bible, attending fellowships of faith, and applying our growing faith to our day-to-day lives; engaging with him through those processes. His loving care, on both a daily and whole-of-life basis, become more and more obvious for us as we travel along in life with him as our companion. Complete sections of this website have been dedicated to these subjects, to assist you in your own search for faith and belief. Please do not think it will be difficult. And I am sure you will have a Big Helper assisting along the way.

There are formalities to meet during our faith journey, such as committing ourselves to Jesus and trying to lead lives that are not just about ourselves. I can assure you there will normally be no harassment in these steps from God. As I have implied, it will all feel right as it comes together. We do need to listen to him though.

3.    CONCLUSION

In summary then, as far as believing in God is concerned, faith and belief are largely achieved by recognising his loving care and interaction with us as the Bible actually explains. The closer we walk with him in faith, and engage with him as indeed he wants, the more obvious he becomes. And as a result the positive benefits, such as contentment and personal freedom, begin to unfold in our lives. In effect, we can become profoundly aware of his presence within our lives. And as I have already alluded, that is largely what the articles that follow this one, and the others that support them on this website, are about. Of course, there are many other benefits from becoming a committed Christian, not the least being eternal life. The final section of this websitecan provide a basic understanding of Christianity.

If you feel the need for faith and belief in your life, and you are truly ready to believe, then please read on.

Continue to the next article, Where to begin our search.