Is God real? Does God exist?
How to engage with God. Recognise God’s presence.
Build Christian faith. Believe in God.
Many of us ‘thinkers’ are led these days to accept that both ‘belief in God’s existence’ and ‘Christian faith’ can never be based on sound logic.
And look, I understand how difficult it is for so many people, in this day and age, to accept those possibilities. Completely understand! I was once a very serious atheist myself.
But if you are coming to a stage in life where you are questioning possibilities, you will actually find all that is needed as a starting point for ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ is an open mind. And I can say that with complete confidence.
(I am from a senior auditing background and the majority of my advisory team are Christian clergy. To glimpse the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)
2. THIS WEBSITE’S INFO
This article actually introduces the website’s primary (or main) section, “Journey of faith”. Please see the Menu Bar above.
The article provides basic guidance on how each of us can come to believe that God is real, i.e. recognise that he does exist. It also explains how, as a result, we can accept Christian faith for ourselves. And hey, if we can do that, then we can also have our lives changed in a positive sense. As a serious ‘old thinker’, I am still amazed at the truth of that statement. I really do mean it!
Other following sections of the website go on to support the guidance offered here, in this ‘primary’ area. I want to make it clear that there is no suggestion of ‘wishful thinking’ on this website. And no fairy-tale gods!
3. ENGAGE WITH GOD: BELIEVE IN HIM
For me then, one of the most important goals when beginning my journey of faith, decades ago, was to find some kind of evidence of God’s presence/ existence for myself. I mean stuff that could convince me that God was real. And, you know, I am sure that he ‘led me’ to find all the evidence that I personally needed. What I actually mean by the word “evidence” here is explained in the article, “Framework for evidence”.
Basically, I consider that anyone … at all … can come to believe in God by simply ‘engaging with him’. Opening ourselves to him, by entering into that all important relationship he wants each of us to share with him.
Where then do we start our search for belief and faith? In simple words, we just begin our journey of faith. Take our first steps. We open ourselves to the one-on-one ‘personal relationship‘ that God wants to share with us.
From my own experiences … and I am going to try to make it clear … God is more than willing to reveal his presence; prove that he is real. And that means to each one of us. That is when we do open ourselves to him, in the way he explains to us through the Bible. Yes, he will give us little hints that he is there, in our lives, but normally we have to choose to willingly engage with him.
If we want evidence-based belief in God, this is where we start! Now I realise that all this stuff may look too good to be true, but stay with me please!
4. GOD, THE BIBLE AND CHURCH
Let’s look then, at where and how to engage with him during that journey of our’s.
Firstly, we do need to ‘join a church‘; a fellowship of faith. And within the Church, we get together to learn from the Bible and worship, and open ourselves to God. We can also, as explained below, gather evidence of his actual presence there for ourselves. And I do mean that. Really!
Just keep reading this article please.
4.1 Is the Bible important?
I admit, when I began my journey of faith many decades ago, that I had real trouble with that question above. The Bible just gets so much ‘bad press’, often from people we trust, eh? We really are led to think it’s just a heap of the ‘proverbial’! Right?
But what did I come to find through that serious long term evaluation of mine? Well, I now know just how wrong I was when doubting its value. It is, in fact, an essential guide for us. Once we know how to understand its messages of course.
I now fully realise there is just so much wisdom there in that ‘big book’. But, I admit the Bible is dealing with very, very complicated issues, and by necessity is complex! Please read the article “Our amazing Bible”, written by Rev Dr Bill, for a brief overview of its content and how to understand it.
4.2 Building our faith through church
So, we start to absorb the messages of the Bible, guided by our ‘church of choice‘. And, you know, I’m not saying we need to be experts at first! However, the sooner we grasp what God has ‘done for us‘ through Jesus, the sooner we can understand his loving nature as a minimum! That certainly helps us get into the right frame of mind for building our growing Christian faith. And we need that faith so we can apply it to our lives, as we seek ‘evidence’ there.
Importantly too, the Church has a lot to offer, as far as believing in God’s existence. With guidance, I assure you that we all can certainly come to recognise his actual presence there in church services, as he engages with us. This evidence may be ‘subtle’ at times, but it can also be very ‘solid’ if you are in the right place at the right time. And let’s look then:
4.3 Subtle evidence of God
In more traditional/ mainline churches we come, as a minimum, to recognise God’s subtle connection with us individuals and the fellowship as a whole. That includes for examples the way he ‘sets up’, or orchestrates, messages to each of us and also the fellowship as a whole, throughout the service. The number of prayers of request, in that fellowship setting, being answered by him is also worth recognising.
These little wonders never fail to impress good old analytical me. Please access the article, “The subtle stuff of God in any church” to read more on the subject.
As I repeat again and again, in this website, the first time one of these unlikely examples ‘crop up’ isn’t going to convince you that there ‘is a God’. And it shouldn’t! No, I am writing about continually repeated patterns of unlikely events, in the church (and also within our lives). Events of ‘high odds’ that is.
4.4 Solid evidence of God
BUT, if we choose to attend fellowships in the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement then we may witness, or even experience, quite obvious evidence of his presence there. That is, personal ‘evidence‘ of God being there. Whoa, you might well say? But, my golly, they can be so real to us. At times, the evidence can be what I call ‘palpable’. Yes, you can actually feel it. Proof that is definite to you: ‘irrefutable’. Absolutely!
It does not matter what doubts you may have right now. You just need to be genuinely open-minded, and willing, as you move into that area of the broad Christian Church. Yes, the Holy Spirit will lovingly do the rest.
I offer a ‘taste’ of what is available there in the article, “Experiencing the Holy Spirit“.
4.5 ‘Final word’ on God’s presence in church
I am so firm in what I have written above aren’t I? Maybe you can accept that subtle evidence just might be witnessed. But my use of words like “palpable” or “irrefutable”? Well!
I know how crazy it can look to people with no exposure to the ‘movement’. And look, I didn’t have a clue about this stuff before checking it out. But as that qualified and trained auditor, I was at the time, I just went into unfamiliar territory and thoroughly tested it for myself … decades ago. I can truly write, “I’ve been there, done that!” And I know it still goes on now!
Please check out the article, “Is this Spirit stuff real?” As the name implies, it describes how I literally put it to the test for myself. It includes my analysis and final evaluation on the subject.
You may have already guessed that your church of choice will influence both your spiritual experiences, in that place, and your personal journey of faith. See the article, “Choosing a church” for more info on that.
As I have written elsewhere, I personally did try to build belief and faith without the Church. And no, it did not work well! Indeed, I was missing out on all this stuff that could actually help me believe in God! I also missed out on the guidance the Church does provide to each of us Christians.
Many articles dedicated to guidance on how to build faith and belief, through church attendances, are presented in the website section titled, “God in church”. Please see the Menu Bar above.
5. GOD IN LIFE
Secondly, we begin to apply our growing Christian faith to our daily lives. And that actually opens our lives to God’s close and positive involvement there! Meaning more evidence for us.
So, once armed with some knowledge of what Christian faith offered me in theory, I began to open myself to God in day-to-day life. I mean through the relationship with him that I found was awaiting me. Remember the article, “A relationship with God” follows the article you are now reading.
And yes, getting back to the subject, I began to identify evidence there in my life that also came to help me ‘believe in God’.
5.1 Beginning to engage with him there
Initially, once you know how, it should be possible to locate some subtle evidence of his presence by looking ‘back through your life’. I am meaning even while you were still an unbeliever. Some advice on how you can do this is provided in the article, “God’s guiding hand” for example. It is the first article in the subsection of the same name, “God’s guiding hand” – under the Menu Bar heading “God in life.”
There are many methods that God uses to guide us. We can, for example, intentionally look to his guidance in life when faced with hard choices. Even ask for it!
By actually opening your life to God, and engaging with him through faith, that evidence will again become much more obvious and positive. Of course, once again, I don’t expect that you will be convinced by just one little incident. But … once you start putting your faith to the test, you will begin to notice a lot of unlikely ‘high odds’ events happening in your life.
That section of the website, “God in life” has been developed to guide you on how to connect broadly with God in your life. We can for example again turn to him in prayer whenever we are faced with challenges.
5.2 As our relationship deepens
Stronger evidence of the Lord’s existence will become obvious as you begin to shape-up an ongoing, reasonably ‘faithful‘ and trusting relationship with him. You see, as our trust in him grows, so can his efforts on our behalf. There are a few articles on that subject in the “God in life” section. The article, “Trusting God with your life” is the final one.
That is, it all becomes ‘quite obvious’ as your faith grows and your relationship with God deepens. And then the evidence does pile up. We literally end up just recognising his ‘grace’ as an expected and very important part of our lives.
Yes, it all becomes a matter of ‘more of the same’, ‘more of the same!’ Eventually it just seems … natural … to us. That is, the positive effect of his ‘grace’ in our lives.
And as I found it necessary for myself, please remember that reading “Our amazing Bible” is also an important process in our faith journey.
5.3 ‘Final word’ on God’s presence in our lives
Without a doubt, I can write that his existence will certainly become very solid within life as our faith becomes ‘sound’. Again, see the article, “Sound Faith” later in this main section for an explanation.
Remember there are many articles, presented in the website section titled, “God in life”, dedicated to applying our growing faith to life. They range from beginner Christian practises all the way through to practises used by deeply committed, highly experienced Christians. That last group come to develop the ‘sound’, very rewarding, faithful relationship with the Lord mentioned above.
6. OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
There are certainly other directions you can take to gain knowledge of faith and belief in my opinion. In particular, I recommend attending an Alpha course. These are available in 100 countries across the globe. Over 24,000,000 people have attended Alpha, so it’s got to be doing something right!
Churches offer these courses through the cities, suburbs and out to far flung towns. Just look out for the advertising banners. The courses basically allow participants to explore life, faith and meaning in a relaxed, respectful and fun manner. No pressure. And usually, with a ‘free feed’ to boot.
Alpha has even developed on-line courses as a direct result of threats arising from Covid-19. All Alpha courses, including those on-line, provide an understanding of Christian basics. What Christian faith is about. They also explain simply how to engage with God in our lives through the use of that faith. And they offer the chance, at least, of actually experiencing God’s presence in a way you may never forget. Looks impressive? I hope so.
In summary then, as far as ‘believing in God’ is concerned, it largely happens through recognising his loving care and the way he works for our benefit in life. And when I write “benefit” I mean our ‘needs’, rather than our ‘wants’. (I’m sure you know the difference.)
All of this can be explained in one word: “grace“!
It all happens during our journey of growing faith, as the Bible actually explains – both in our ‘chosen church‘ and our day to day lives through the use of that faith.
The closer we walk with him in life and engage with him through sound Christian faith, as indeed he wants us to, the more real he becomes to us. And as a result the rewards, such as ‘real personal freedom’, unfold in our lives. The final article in this section of the website explains all about that.
The website’s last section can provide a basic understanding of Christianity. If you feel the need for ‘belief’ and ‘faith’ in your life, then please read on through this website. Just like me, I am sure you will find that it is a good idea to ‘care whether God exists!’
So, is God real? Does God exist? Can we believe in God? If so, will it help us in life? Oh yes! To each question.
Please give it a go!
Continue on to the next article relative to your journey of faith, “A relationship with God“. If you wish, you can also read the article, “Framework for evidence” which explains what is meant by the term in this website.
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