04.10.14 by brent hand
WHY I BELIEVE IN GOD: PART TEN
READ PART ONE RIGHT HERE
Over two weeks ago I started writing out a few thoughts I had about a time in my life when I began to doubt Christianity and the very existence of God. It was supposed to last for three or four days. It ended up taking nine entries to get to where I intended to end. The idea I had penciled out began to grow once I started typing. Day 2 became 2 & 3 and Day 3 became 4, 5 & 6 and so on. So here I am having said everything I was supposed to say (and more!) and yet I feel that something was left unsaid.
When talking about God’s existence, rarely is EITHER side of this argument OPEN to hear the the other side’s point of view. In jotting my thoughts on this season of my life down, I didn’t intend to PROVE God existed. I wanted to prove the questions aren’t bad. Good things can come from them. Things that are TRUE can weather any storm we throw at it. It’s in those moments of doubt that the TRUTH is often proven or even reborn.
I feel the idea that there is a God to be very important. VERY, VERY important. I take it seriously and because I take it seriously, I hate hearing it talked about ignorantly (on either side).
To pull the curtain down and say “move along; there’s nothing to see here” only highlights our own insecurities. If the god you believe in has something to fear in science or logic, what kind of weak god is he? The God I worship does not battle lesser foes like biology text books and ethics professors.
To enter into a shouting match only belittles every teaching of the very Christ you defend. If we are to SHARE our faith, it will be with open arms, an open mind and an open heart.
To those who do not believe in God, I would like to say THANK YOU for taking the time to read and listen and trying to understand what those of us on the other side of the fence are actually talking about. It’s more than what a lot of folks (on either side) would do.
And I would encourage you to look at the words of Jesus. I believe the way he taught us to live is the best way to live: forgiving, serving and loving each other. I think we can AT LEAST agree that the world could be a better place if we all would try our best to live like that.
And who knows… you might find something MORE to Him than you thought. 😉