I have spent much time contemplating the question of why I believe what God says, and even more to the point why I believe that there is a God at all. It was not easy and it did not come to me in a flash, but instead it was over a period of time, that I began to see more clearly that which was hidden from me. I will attempt to explain why I believe in God and why I believe what he says. Although, there are some that would disagree with me and are quite content to live their lives as if there is no God, it simply does not change my views, or my beliefs.
There was a time in my life where I can say that, while I did not consciously deny there was a God, I simply did not think much about whether he really existed or not. As I think back on those times now, it was almost as if I were in a state of obliviousness as to the existence of God. I lived my life doing the things I wanted to do and having no regard for the ramifications of my actions. Of course, it resulted in difficult times, but at least I could say that every hard time was a direct consequence of my actions.
Eventually, things got so bad that I started to believe that I must be under some kind of curse. I am not joking; I seriously believed somebody had placed a curse upon me. I started looking into the issue and even started consulting various individuals on the subject. While everything was very interesting it did not provide me with any relief of the troubles I had. However, this line of investigation did lead me into the paranormal. The paranormal was really exciting to me and it really was very interesting looking into many different beliefs and theories as to what is behind strange occurrences. Of course, I found many things to be a little difficult to believe and some were downright absurd.
As I was spending a considerable amount of time going through much of the information, one subject would keep appearing regardless of the paranormal event, and that was God. It was during my research into Angels and demonology when it first struck me, that if I could read about and believe in these things, then why should I not look into the Bible and see if there is anything there that would make me believe in God, I mean God himself would be a pretty big paranormal event.
I must confess that I was not without a Christian upbringing. Although church was a very small part of my family’s life as I was growing up, I was still familiar with the Christian message and the sacrifice of Christ. Nevertheless, I believe it was a lack of religious dogma that attributed to my being able to look at the Bible from a different perspective, than if I had been indoctrinated and taught from early childhood. Nevertheless, I had always accepted that Jesus is the Son of God from the first time I heard it, and even until now. I suppose I had accepted the Gospel of Heaven as a little child.
One of the things that I considered was, “Why are we here?” I simply could not accept the idea that we humans are here, we have consciousness, we have a wide range of emotions, and yet we were supposedly a cosmic accident. It is my belief that if nature and evolution were the prevailing rules, then life would only evolve until it is a perfect living organism. The trouble is that the perfect living organism is simple, relatively speaking. The only thing that a living organism needs to do to exist is eat and multiply. A one-celled creature is the ultimate perfect example of life. It is efficient and it wastes no energy, or resources on unnecessary mutations, or motions.
That is why I am of the opinion that we are so much more, and our existence is much more meaningful than we would be led to believe. As for believing the words of the Bible, it seems to me that if I operate on the premise that we are here for a reason, then there must be a Creator. Therefore, God exists and I believe wholeheartedly in him. If I believe in God and I hear of a book which is said to be his word, then I must read this book and see if that word has any merit.
If it were not for the Prophecies, and the fact that the Bible as a whole gives one big picture, even though it was written by many men over many thousands of years, I would not believe. I did not trust the Bible right away; it took many years for me to come to trust what is written in its pages. I simply could not read the Bible and not associate it with the world around me, and the truth that it holds in its pages. Even before I believed that the Bible was the word of God, I knew that the lessons and principles contained in it were good and true.
Now, we find the world at a point in history where things seem to be spiraling out of control and it seems to be moving in a direction which appears to be according to prophecy. When a book contains information that is thousands of years old and it tells us what will happen in our time, I think one must consider that the book may be of divine inspiration, and if that is the case, then maybe we should study it and try to decipher its meaning.
If I believe that the Bible was written by men as they were inspired of by God, then I must believe the statements that God makes when he promises mankind certain blessings and judgments. It is the blessings which I look forward to because this is what gives me hope, in that all of these things in this world, all of the things I hate about myself, are nothing but flesh. It is my hope that when my time is done in this life, that I will walk through the fire and all things which are not good in me will be burned away, and the only thing left will be those good and godly things, which are in my spirit. That what is lost are those things which are of the flesh, but what is left of me in the spirit, is love, compassion, mercy, humility, joy, gladness, and honesty.
It is my contention that if man were just a cosmic accident, with no larger purpose, then it is likely that neither nature, nor evolution could ever explain these wants, these needs, and these hopes.