Our Christian faith solidifies, as belief in God
and our knowledge of the Bible grows.
Above all else, when I was an atheist, I considered that belief in God’s existence fell into that area of, “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is!”
(I also admitted that in the previous article on this website.) So, there was no way that I would even consider accepting Christian faith as a realistic option.
though I did subsequently make a deliberate decision to look for
his presence; so as to gain faith and belief, I found it hard to
that old outlook behind. If you do read through the articles on this
website, you’ll see that I had little choice in the end. Indeed I can say with total confidence now, there are options available in our search for ‘truth’, through the application of faith,
that can lead to very solid evidence. I can assure you that evidence will stand up to sound
evaluation ... if that is what it takes for you to believe.
And those results can come to firmly
support our acceptance of the complete Christian faith ‘package’:
a loving God who died for us in the person of Jesus in order to pay for our wrongdoing, our commitment
to deeply care about others, and of course eternal
2. ESTABLISHING FIRM BELIEF
critical point maintained throughout this website is that God does
reveal himself to us
within our lives, proving his existence there, by providing his loving
care to each of us.
All we have to do to fully receive this gift from him, and thereby
recognise his presence, is to deliberately engage with him; open ourselves to him ... with due reference to the Bible. Even
atheists receive his loving care to some extent (through his guidance for
example). Of course they would not
acknowledge that, because they are
simply not open to the possibility of his presence in their lives.
Yes, you can
write off the odd example of what appears to be his guidance in your life. And you
can disregard the success of a prayer that seemed to be answered, in isolation, against
the odds present. But by the time you have reached the stage of having
a close, trusting relationship with the Lord – including trying to follow his
will, going to church and reading the Bible – there should be so much
evidence piling up against incredible odds. I am quietly
confident that you will find him there in your life if you put the
Bible-based guidance, within this website, to the test.
Then there is
the potential evidence available in the Church.
Even the most mild
mannered fellowship of faith will offer you some opportunities to
recognise his presence there in that environment. And, the Charismatic movement’s active relationship with the Holy Spirit? Well ... are you
ready? Yes, try it all for yourself and I am pretty confident that you too can hold ‘iron clad’
belief and faith.
Prior to me trying it, I certainly would have ignored any suggestion that evidence-based belief in God was remotely possible. But here I am now, assuring you that it is definitely is!
3. SOUND FAITH IS THE OUTCOME
we get to that stage of firm belief, which relies on Biblical advice for its
very credibility, we can then easily accept the balance of the
key messages as briefly summarised in the opening paragraph of this
article. We come to enjoy sound Christian faith in this manner!
I have tried to present the simple basis
of Christianity in the final section of this website. The first article in that section is titled, “Christianity
Sound, open minded analysis of Christianity, through reading the
Christian Bible, will as I have alluded lead anybody to recognise that Christianity
is indeed very believable
as a religion. The article,“Our amazing Bible” offers you brief advice on how to decipher it; to grasp its ‘big picture’.
You will find it really
is easy to accept that Jesus was God incarnate (both wholly God and
human being). He is our Lord God and our saviour. Jesus died on the
cross to save us from the cost of our sins (wrongdoing). Like him we can therefore
enjoy eternal life after physical death. interestingly, a trail of
relative information about his life and death begins in the Bible: some
written hundreds of years before his birth, other stuff written after
his death which mirrors those old writings. And then there are still further
writings etched into actual recorded history, documented after his death, to substantiate his life’s basic events (that is in addition to, and supporting, what the Bible tells us).
the info falls into place, and you can understand how faith solidifies
through belief building life experiences, then it is time to
make the biggest decision that will face you in life. If you are prepared to actually become a member of the Body of Christ
(the Church), live the way God wants of us and accept Jesus as your
Lord and Saviour ... THEN you will more than likely see your life changed significantly for the better.
It all just comes together.
Continue to the next article, “Real personal freedom”.