– Monday Muse –
Dear One, I have heard people say that they cannot believe in God for He most likely does not exist. When I hear that I think, huh, what have we got to lose by believing in God? God teaches us how to live honorable, moral lives and treat others as we would like to be treated. And He offers us the Indwelling Holy Spirit to help us carryout His teachings. On top of that, He promises us eternal life with Him in Heaven. What’s not to like? Physical death, for a Christian, after a life of repentance and God’s forgiveness, is simply a change of address to the Pearly Gates of Heaven. If it turns out not to be true, will we actually regret having lived such a life?
As for me, I have no doubt of God’s existence. For God has proven Himself over and over again. So, I fully believe that the God of the Bible is who He says He is, and I trust Scripture to be what it has been proved to be – the most authenticated book of all antiquities. (For information on the authenticity of the Bible go to Home Page. On the lower, far right, click on Going Deeper. Scroll to The Reliability of the Biblical Documents.)
If we are true believers, meaning that we have taken Jesus Christ as our Savior, and Lord, and that we try to carry out His example – we have Heaven in our future.
Does this mean that once we are Christians that life will be easy? No, but we will be blessed. Blessed how? Blessed by the Presence of God while living out a life of eternal purpose. If God took on the role of our Genie-in-a-bottle, who then would be God? We would, and we certainly are not equipped to fulfill that role. Remaining faithful through the hardships of life, while experiencing the love and guidance of God, builds a purposeful faith and encourages others.
For those who are in doubt I say, “You have nothing to lose, and a new life to gain, from looking into the teachings of the Bible while asking God to show Himself. How could one go wrong by believing in God who asks His people to be kind, loving and truthful?
“…and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore,
whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8
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