WHERE TO BEGIN OUR SEARCH FOR FAITH AND BELIEF
The key steps to beginning our search for evidence
of God's existence and sound Christian faith.
Ok, so how do we start to look for all this
so-called “evidence” of God raised in the previous article? In the simplest of terms, first and
need to develop a ‘personal relationship’
with God and begin to engage him within our lives: connect with him.
(This includes joining a community of faith, that is a church).
God of Christianity, personified in Jesus Christ, is an undreamt of
being: all loving, forgiving and self sacrificing. And that incredible
being wants a relationship with you. It
is through that relationship, and its impact on your church-life and
your everyday life, you will identify all the evidence you need to
believe in him. The final section of this website provides a basic understanding of Christianity.
is there, through that relationship with him, that we come to prove
presence beyond reasonable doubt. And It is there that we should find all the
evidence, based on Biblical guidance, we need to build belief and thus support our faith.
should even be possible for you to identify some evidence of his
presence by looking back through your life, i.e. whilst you were still
an agnostic or even an
But by deliberately opening your life to him, that evidence will become
much more obvious.
I have found more than enough evidence to conclude that, as the Bible
highlights, God genuinely tries
to assist us in life, and is ready to assist all the more if we
completely open our lives to him: commit ourselves to him in faith. Of
course there is more to Christian faith than just thinking of
ourselves, but none-the-less he emphatically wants to lovingly walk
with each of us through life.
2. WHERE AND HOW TO ACTUALLY BEGIN
far as I am concerned ... and I am trying to make it very clear ... he
is in effect more than
willing to reveal himself, to each one of us, when we do open ourselves
in this way.
As suggested in the intro, there is a need to join a ‘community of faith’: that is, a church. Bear in mind, any ‘church’ is much more than
just a building in which people meet. It is really about the people
inside. They support each other, literally as the Body of Christ,
through the building up of each others’
belief and faith and throughout the ups and downs of life itself.
I have chosen to arrange
actual evidence gathering process on this website, based on my own results, into two
Both these areas have a section
of this website devoted to them. Just get a quick overview of details
from the links above, then take your time to read what suits your needs
as time passes.
From my perspective, belief in God as a
is developed most effectively through fully using these practises
concurrently. That is, continually increasing our knowledge of God and our
relationship with him within a church, then putting that growing knowledge to use with
maturing faith, building our personal bond with him ever
upwards during the process.
I found that actual evidence of God’s
presence, that was most convincing to me, was available from two
sources – one from each of the two specific areas for gathering
evidence highlighted above.
Firstly, you can find that level of evidence through involvement in the Born Again/ Charismatic
movement of the wider Church. And I am actually referring to what I categorise as ‘tangible’ or ‘palpable’ evidence there. It does not matter what doubts you may have right now, you just need to be ready to believe
as you move into that area of the church. The Holy Spirit will lovingly
do the rest. Oh yes he will!
(Of course, as an atheist, I could never
have seen myself ever writing a paragraph like the one above ... but I have done so now!)
Secondly, strong evidence of his existence will become obvious when maintaining a deep ongoing, loyal
and trusting relationship with God. His existence can certainly become very concrete there too when faith becomes that ‘sound’. Guidance on developing a relationship like that with God is presented in the section of this website titled “God in our lives”.
There are certainly other areas to gain
evidence in my opinion as well. I have done my best to cover all bases in this website.
Continue to the next article, “Our amazing Bible”.