I’ve always been a fairly organized and structured individual. My favorite app on my iPhone is Wunderlist. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I love my lists.
I also am a fairly good thinker. I rarely make decisions based on emotion. I like to consider all points, reasons, opinions and possibilities.
So it’s no surprise that when I share my faith with people I make use of a study booklet I developed that is organized, structured and appeals to the mind as well as the heart. Conversion to Christ should never be just based on emotions. A commitment to follow Jesus rarely lasts very long when the decision is based on how we felt at a religious event. The mind must be converted as well as the heart.
This study, “Seeking God” is built around ten foundational truths from the Bible. Each of the next ten weeks I’ll share one truth and some logical reasons to accept that truth.
Truth #1- The Bible assumes the existence of God. It doesn’t attempt to prove the existence of God.
The opening words of the Bible are well known. In the beginning, God…
The writer doesn’t present the ontological (existence), teleological (purpose), or cosmological (origin) arguments for God’s existence. He doesn’t delve into the moral argument of how we determine right from wrong if there is no God. He simply states that from the very beginning of the universe God existed.
The Bible defines God as the creator of all that is in existence including the universe, the earth and all living beings who dwell on earth. Rather than attempt to prove God’s existence, the Bible states, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” In other words, it is simply foolish to not accept the truth that God exists.
The issue is less about the existence of God and more about whether or not we will seek to know God.
Solomon, the third king of Israel, knew God and served him with a whole heart and with a willing mind. (1 Chronicles 28:9). Solomon didn’t just believe that God’s exists (even the demons believe that God exists). He personally knew God and served Him both emotionally (heart) and intellectually (mind).
Not surprisingly, God promises that, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13
In James 4:8 we are told, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
Many who choose not to believe in the existence of God have never sought God in any real sense. Although my belief in God is built on solid logic, I know God exists because he made himself known to me as I have sought him and drew close to him.
One of the first questions I ask when sharing with a person about Christ is, “Do you want to know God?” The starting point is to help others recognize that God wants you to seek him in a real, personal and relational way. Sadly, many people who claim to believe in God live like practical atheists, as though God does not exist or is indifferent to man.
Fortunately, God has disclosed himself and has made himself knowable to us.
Next week we will discuss how to help others come to a relational knowledge of our creator.