There is an important question many are asking today. It is not a new question but an old one, yet it still needs asking, and it still needs answering: Is there a God or is there not?
I don’t think this is a question anyone can answer for another; it must be determined individually.
Answers vary and among the conclusions are these:
- There is a God (monotheism)
- There is more than one god (polytheism)
- There is no certainty regarding whether there is a God (agnosticism)
- There is no evidence of a God (atheism)
Which of these are answers that an honest, reasonable, and informed person might embrace? All of them.
All of these are reasonable answers. Honest questioners can arrive at any of these conclusions. But I conclude that there is a God; I believe in the Father. Let me tell you why.
Proofs for God
Those who are believers are likely familiar with a number of proofs for the existence of God. Proofs do not establish certainty but rather support the likelihood of God’s existence. Some are more persuasive than others, and I imagine I have considered them all, or at least the most common ones. I will not address them here, though you can Google them or check Wikipedia for yourself.
The upshot is that I do not find any of the proofs of God very persuasive—I would not stake my life on any of them. At the end of all my study, I believed in God simply because the Bible said he existed and even described him and his activities to some extent.
But that was before the Bible itself created tremendous doubt for me and precipitated a spiritual crisis, in which I grieved the loss of God for over a year, until I found a new basis for belief. This new basis had nothing to do with philosophy or theology, rather I came to realize that I was drawn to the Jesus of the Gospels to the point that I could trust him—and I WILL stake my life on that!
Why I Believe in the Father
I believe in the Father because Jesus tells us about him, and the person he describes is the most wonderful person imaginable. He loves us; he wants to have a relationship with us; and he gives us eternal life both now and after our natural death.
However, the picture Jesus gives of the Father is quite different from what I read in the Old Testament about God. It is different because Jesus knows more about the Father than the Old Testament writers did.
So I recovered from grieving the loss of God but found that in listening to Jesus tell about the Father I lost many of the disturbing things I understood about him from the Old Testament.
And I am so glad of it!
Jesus Talks of the Father
In the coming blog posts, we will discuss what Jesus tells us of the Father and we will deal with the confusing stories from the Old Testament of an angry, violent God. A little hint: the Father is NOT angry, violent, and vindictive.
If you have questions you would like to see addressed, just let me know in the comments and I will try to get to them as we can.