Our Christian faith solidifies, as belief in God
and our acceptance 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 have also admitted that in other articles.) So, at that time, there was
no way that I would even consider accepting Christian faith as a
though I did subsequently make a deliberate decision to look for
his presence; so as to potentially 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 use of faith,
that can lead to very solid evidence. I can also assure you that evidence will stand up to thorough
evaluation ... if that is what it takes for you to believe.
And those results can eventually 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 need to deeply care about others, and of course the
promise of 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 ... through faith and with due reference to the Bible. Even
atheists may 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 against
the odds present. But by the time you have reached the stage of having
a close, trusting relationship with the Lord – ‘walking closely with him’ and thus deliberately opening your life to his loving care – there should be so much
evidence piling up in your life against incredible odds.
And there is
the potential evidence available in the Church which can even be dramatic, as far fetched as that may look to you initially.
Even the most mild
mannered fellowship of faith will offer you some opportunities to
recognise his presence there in that environment. But, the Charismatic movement’s active relationship
with the Holy Spirit? Well ... are you
ready? In this regard, we have supernatural events still occurring
2,000 years after St Paul wrote about them (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). And
mark my words, they DO still happen. No pretending. I don’t
think anything else made it as clear to me that the Bible was the ‘real
real’ as those Bible based events did when I was confronted by them!
Yes, try it all for yourself and I am pretty confident that you too can hold ‘iron clad’
belief as a result of applying Christian faith to your life. 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. OUR FAITH GROWS
as beginner Christians, we begin by trusting that God exists during our early faith. We
actually do find that we can
engage with him, by opening our lives to his potential presence there.
As explained above, we find that we really can positively utilise
prayer, guidance and receive his loving assistance in our lives. And we
can also experience his presence in church, sometimes dramatically as I have already stated. And
when reading our amazing Bible, its life affecting message does become
Yes, Initially, it might look too good to be true, BUT we can actually come to recognise that he really is there in this world and within our lives, and he is as the Bible portrays him: the great I AM.
And we come to realise too that the person of Jesus,
as portrayed in
the Bible, also makes sense. The Old Testament (OT) of the Bible explains how he would
live and die (i.e. without doubt, it was written hundreds of years before he was born). The New
Testament (NT) gives
us the details of that life and death, and what it means for each of
And finally, writings etched into actual established history, by non
Christians of the time, explain that he did at least live and die as
both the OT and NT explained.
And of course our church of choice will lead us in our growth of faith: our knowledge of Jesus’ life and its implications for us. There are, for example, responsibilities made clear for us in the Bible. These are explained in the following article.
I am so confident that we all can actually prove to ourselves that we
have this God who is incredibly giving and loving; who will support us faithfully through the twists and turns of life. So, gradually,
as we move into deeper faith, we accept more and more of Christianity’s messages learnt through attending our fellowships of faith and of course reading the Bible.
And eventually we come to know the time is right to
repent of our old ‘it’s all about me’ way of life. It is time to accept
Jesus as our Lord: our guide for life.
Our faith and indeed our lives make so much more sense now.
I am more than capable of realising that this may all look ‘way over the top’ for someone with an enquiring mind, still thinking about trying Christian faith for themselves ... my word I do!
But, it really works. Try it and you will see that I am right.
4. SOUND FAITH IS THE OUTCOME
So I am saying that once
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 and guidance from your chosen fellowship of faith, will lead you 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
He is our Lord God and saviour. Jesus died on the
cross to save us from the cost of our sins (wrongdoing), out of his
limitless love for us. He aimed to
lead us by his own example of how to live, love and forgive. And that
beautiful loving relationship that Jesus offers us? The sense of peace
in itself that it offers is hard to express. When you come
to understand his message 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”.