“There is no God. I am absolutely sure about this. Stories about an all-powerful God who created the universe; created humanity; and will carry out a final judgment during which he will condemn some people to everlasting suffering while the good ones enjoy with him forever in heaven is the greatest scam of all times.”
These are not my words. I have heard people say this. There are people in the world today who say this and believe it; and argue heatedly; spitting fire to defend their stand.
The world is divided into those who believe in God and those who do not. Actually, the world has never stopped being divided on the issue of the existence of God.
There are people who believe in God with every fiber of their being. One can say they live in God and God lives in them. They breathe God. They have God for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s hard to say which is more apt to say, whether that they drink God or that they chew and swallow God. Such people become very angry to hear someone say there is no God. This can cause a fight.
I was brought up to believe in God. I have never stopped believing in God. I will continue to believe in God for the rest of my life. There are many in the world like me. Take away their belief in God and you take away their very lives. They will have no reason to live. More and more people join the community of believers in God every day. Billions of people in the world put God at the center of their lives.
At the other end, the number of people who do not believe in God is also growing at a rate that believers in God find to be worrisome. To these non-believers, if there were a God who is all-good and all-powerful, the world would not be so full of evil. Evil people would be punished and good ones rewarded. They ask how there can be a God and good people would suffer while bad ones swim in opulence; how there could be a God and bad things would happen to good people while good things happen to bad people.
This reasoning has actually eroded the faith of some people and sent them on the side of
those who doubt the existence of God. Thus we find our churches becoming more and more deserted as people run after earthly things: money, politics, careers, power, possessions, fame, and influence.
This, thus, brings us to pertinent questions: can those who believe in God dismiss those who do not with a wave of the hand and continue to believe in God alone leaving the unbelievers to their unbelief? What is actually the truth? Is there God or there is no God?
If we go by what has been revealed to us, then there is a God.
Those who want to depend on their human reasoning to understand the existence of God will find it hard to believe. God is too deep for our human reasoning to understand. God is the only one who can reveal himself to us. Without this revelation, we labor in vain to understand him. What we know about him is what he has revealed to us and which is documented in his holy book, the bible. The choice to believe this revelation is in each one’s hands. No one can force another to believe.
We humans in the world are like the seeds in the parable of the Sower. Many of us hear the Word ‘but do not understand’ it. The message does not sink in us. Many of us are seeds that fall on rocky ground. Many in our present world are like seeds that fall among thorn bushes. The worries about life and love for riches choke the message and it doesn’t bear fruit. Many of us are seeds that fall on fertile soil. We hear the message and it takes root in us. It finds fertile ground in us and so grows and bears fruit.
You have to decide what type of soil you are; or what type of seeds you are. This is simply to say that the decision to believe or not to believe in God is in your hands. Whichever you chose has immediate and long term consequences and rewards.
I fear for a world that does not believe in God. If the rate of disbelief in God continues I fear for the destiny of the world. If more people turn away from God than they turn to GOD, it means we will eventually kick God out of human society. Will the world not come to an end?
These are the thoughts that pass through my mind: God is the heart of the world. Take away someone’s heart and you take away life from that person. If we kick God out of the present human society, God will move away to create another world in another planet and life on ours will become extinct.
God exists. God is real. There is a God who created the universe; who is all powerful; who can do and undo. He has revealed himself to us. He has not revealed all of himself to us. He has revealed what he knows is necessary for us to know, believe and relate to him. If in time he judges it necessary to let us know more about him, he will further reveal himself to us.
Do not think that you can use your reason alone to understand GOD. He has given us reason. He has also given us faith to complement each other in our understanding of him. Let us use both and we will know that God is real; that there is GOD.