Every Man Believes:
Every man believes. This is inevitable. Christians believe that God exists, the atheist believes that God does not exist, the agnostic believes that there is insufficient evidence to decide, the indifferent believe that the matter does not concern them. But one thing is certain: everyone believes.
Deciding whether to become a Christian is a decision that takes us into a reality that transcends our limited understanding and the limited experience of daily life. It will also transform our understanding of our daily life.
We are about to start out on an adventure and we do not know where it will lead, but from the moment we take our first steps our lives will not remain the same. If you have had the courage to begin this journey ask God to give you the strength to persevere. Of course you can decide to give up half way or even immediately but if your desire to know the truth is sincere you will not want to give up.
Every intelligent person asks about the meaning of life and the world he lives in. He wants an explanation of the origin of the world and wants to know about his ultimate destiny. Why is man here? Where is he going? Some have found the answers to these questions, many have not.
God or chance?
There are essentially only two explanations of the origin of the world: God or chance. Either there is a Giver of life, an Organizer of life, a first Cause outside of the temporal sphere or everything has come about by chance. There is no alternative.
Christians believe that everything comes from God and is sustained by him. Some say that life came about by chance, that it is the result of natural evolution left to chance because there is no one to give origin to, guide or organize things. The atheist believes this. A person who believes in evolution "by chance" cannot explain the principle of cause and effect that is evident everywhere and that science itself reveals.
The characteristics of things that exist "by chance"?
Let's imagine that a fragile object falls from the roof of a building and it shatters into a thousand different pieces. Would it be reasonable to assume that even if it were possible for another identical item to fall from the same building "by chance", and that "by chance" it landed in exactly the same place, that it would "by chance" break into the exactly the same number of pieces that, without a single exception, each piece would be identical to those of the first object? Is this reasonable? This is the faith of the atheist who says that everything has originated and has developed "by chance" because there is no organizer. Is this reasonable?
Let us now take a look at a human being. He is conceived, he has a gestation period of nine months, he is born, grows up and eventually dies. This cycle is repeated for each individual. It is a predictable cycle because it happens all the time. The cycle can be interrupted by natural or human causes, but until that interruption everything happens with the maximum predictability. This is not something left to "chance", this is a development that follows the law of cause and effect. The numerous stars and planets move on a predictable and regular basis. All this shows that the universe is something organized, regular and according to a precise plan. These elements do not have the characteristics of things that happen by chance. Is it reasonable to think that all this began and developed by pure chance?
In a film a man arrived at a house in search of refuge. He knocked on the door but got no answer. Then he went in and saw that the floor was clean, the furniture there was well-arranged, that there were pictures on the walls, the table was prepared, the coffee was warm so he came to the logical conclusion that the house was inhabited. Would it have been more reasonable for him to believe that all this order happened by chance because he could see no one inside the house? This is the conclusion of the atheist despite the fact that he sees the ordered universe in which we live just as the man in the story saw the well ordered house.
Was the man's conclusion reasonable? Was it more reasonable to assume that the house had not been occupied or was it more reasonable to think that everything had been ordered by someone? Was it more reasonable to assume that the order in the house came about and just fell into place "by chance"?
So also in nature everything is balanced, well-organized and functional. Is it not impossible or at least terribly unreasonable to think that everything came about by "pure chance", that "chance" was the originator of everything?
One can understand that there are atheists in the world but we can also understand that atheists have never built any valid and lasting civilisation.
Attempts were made to establish "atheism of the state". That did not work because it was contrary to the very nature of man. They soon degenerated into a succession of political dictatorships. The hallmark of state atheism was hatred and oppression not Life, Love and Freedom.
Belief in God, however, has characterized many societies both primitive and modern that fully respect human nature and dignity. This is because belief in God corresponds to a desire inherent in human nature. This is not to deny, of course, that men professing to believe in God have sometimes manipulated religion for their own political ambitions and caused moments of intolerance.
For a Christian "chance" does not exist, everything is part of a plan. Man is an all-important part of that well-organised universe that reveals the presence of God. God has a plan for all. That plan is to bring each and every one of us to experience the fullness of Life, Love and Freedom. If you decide to continue on our journey we shall discover that plan together.
Is it more reasonable to believe in God or not to believe in God? Is it more reasonable to believe that the world and everything in it is organised because there is Someone who does the organising? or is it more reasonable to believe that things just came about by themselves?
The Word of God says: 'The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' (Psalm 14: 1) and the same Psalm says "Yahweh looks down from heaven at the children of Adam. To see if a single one is wise, a single one seeks God." (Psalm 14, 2)
Often when a man says that God does not exist in reality he means he would prefer God not to exist or that he hopes that God does not exist to avoid being accountable for his actions. This is also implied in the slogan that appeared on the London buses (see part 1 of this series).
Other reasons given are none other than justifications in an attempt to provide a logical basis for this hope or to silence one's conscience.
The more a person struggles against the truth of the existence of God the more he becomes aware that he is struggling against himself, against his own God-given nature, against the very source of his life. A man can say that God does not exist, but his heart and his conscience do not confirm this belief. He is therefore not at peace with himself.
The man who accepts God knows peace because he has known the end of this struggle. His heart and his conscience have been reconciled to God in whose image and likeness he was created. He is on the road to true self-fulfilment, to the fullness of Life, the fullness of Love and the fullness of Freedom.
Not only is there external evidence to make it reasonable to believe in God and unreasonable not to believe in him but there is even stronger evidence within each person. They who do not believe in God lack real inner peace. Belief in God therefore is also an existential need.
One reason why many do not believe in God is that they are almost totally taken up by the activities of everyday life, everyday commitments, interests and comforts. They are often too busy to think of the meaning of life or of where they are heading. Many are trapped in a limited life of family, work and every day commitments. They lie in the prison of their own creation. They are not free men. We are for Freedom.
There are others who do not want to believe because they want to be "free" to live a life morally unacceptable. Psalm 14 also stresses that "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' Their deeds are corrupt and vile, not one of them does right." (Psalm 14, 1, 3). Now that sounds familiar. Many of us have made similar comments on the state of our society where crime and dishonesty are rampant. This is the consequence of not believing in God and there is something very nauseating when listening to debates of all sorts on the root causes of delinquency. Parents are blamed, government is blamed, the media are blamed. The blame is placed on everything and everyone except on the real root cause. It seems that people want to live on the surface of things. You cannot deal with the crisis outside until you deal with the crisis inside. You can never have peace outside until you have peace within. Peace inside can only come about by the end of the struggle within. The end of that refusal to let God come into your life. By becoming reconciled to God you become reconciled with yourself, reconciliation with self brings reconciliation with others. Blindness is also as rampant as crime. Human nature has not changed since Psalm 14 was written. The delinquency we witness today is the end result of that lack of inner peace that comes through a lack of belief. Man's inhumanity to man is part of that downward path to self-destruction, a path which is sometimes ironically and tragically seen as its opposite, self-fulfilment. It is the path towards death, hatred and slavery not towards Life, Love and Freedom. It is the culture of death, which is so tragically prevalent in our society.
The Bible has words of encouragement for you who have accepted to embark on this journey of discovery, the journey towards Life, Love and Freedom. God, in his Word says that you who seek God are wise "Yahweh looks down from heaven at the children of Adam. To see if a single one is wise, a single one seeks God." (Psalm 14, 2). God is with you as you journey with us, God considers you wise as you journey with us, God will sustain you as you journey with us, God will enable you to find him as you journey with us. These are God’s promises to you.
Spend some time in the company of the verses of Scripture we have seen. Let a week go by before going to the next stage of the journey.
If you are undertaking this journey with us please let us know and we can be with you spiritually and sustain you with our thoughts and prayers. Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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