HOW TO BELIEVE IN GOD
A guide to how we can find genuine evidence
of God’s presence for ourselves.
I am now quite confident that we all really can answer
the question positively for ourselves, “Does
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. (The who’s, how’s and why’s of this website are presented on the home page.) 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
where and how to look, then each one of us should actually be able to
to ourselves that God exists! And I am meaning ‘conclusively’ prove it.
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’.
Actually, belief in God can come to be so real that is virtually concrete to each
of us! To say less than that would be a disservice to you.
I do advise though that we all must be sure our belief is in fact based on “genuine evidence”. We don’t want our faith unravelling at a later date, possibly when we need it most.
But, let us get to the subject matter of this section of the website, beginning with this article. It provides an overview of ‘how to believe in God’, its benefits, where and how we can experience God’s actual presence. The balance of the section goes on to explain how sound Bible-based faith can be built. It refers to a ‘faith’ that can lead to a contented and fulfilling life; real personal freedom.
2. RECOGNISING HIS PRESENCE
So, how or where do we locate this evidence?
Like the many 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
need to 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,
That statement is based on my detailed analysis of God’s
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
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. Even as I write these words,
I know how questionable they may appear, particularly if you are just
thinking about trialling faith at this stage. I am certainly hoping that
you will continue reading the advice contained in this website, and be
guided into a relationship with God. His presence will be clearly recognisable to you there and it will, I can assure you, positively impact your life. Complete sections of
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
3. THE BENEFITS OF FAITH
But what is in it for us? What can God give us if we do turn to faith? Well, I am saying faith, in a Christian sense, will actually deliver positive outcomes
within our individual lives.
His loving care, on both a
daily and whole-of-life basis, actually become more and more obvious for us as
we travel along in life with him as our companion. He really can affect our lives in a positive sense, through practises like prayer and guidance as examples. Greater contentment with life is just one
of the spin-offs from Christianity. Probably the greatest outcome
that I found though was ‘personal freedom’.
And yes, he can be there assisting in every aspect of our lives. Just trust him: during day to day life, in the workplace and even during those hard times. Indeed, you can come to trust him with your life.
Although a little harder to explain,
I can say that there is also great satisfaction in just holding that
relationship with the Lord. It is not easy to grasp ... and I know that
from experience ... that the ‘being’, who holds the universe and all that exists within it in place,
loves each of us. And wants us to love him back. Of course that can only
happen once you are pretty sure that he is real. That is a lot easier than you might guess too.
Just like me, I am sure you will find that it is a good idea to ‘care whether God exists’!
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’. As I have implied, it will all ‘feel right’ as it comes together.
In summary then,
as far as believing in God is concerned, faith and belief
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
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 website can 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”.