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How Do I know God Really Exists?
Out of all things known in the world, the one thing that cannot be disproved is God’s existence. We can’t entirely understand the scientific explanation of where we came from, but what I do know in my heart is that all of this, creation and all we see around us, points to the work of a wonderful creator. Let’s consider this: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
As Christians we believe God responds to us through prayer and this is often most people’s most personal experience of God. However, God does not always answer our prayers in the way we would most expect and the timeframe that we would like. Sometimes we’re not asking the right questions. To most Christians, God answers most of our real needs.
Coming to that point of being with God is a journey of learning and belief. Christians don’t suddenly have a light switched on for them with all the answers provided in a neat little package. For some Christians we see God his presence in the goodness of the people we meet and interact with and in the beauty of creation. To grow to an understanding of God where we can say ‘I can feel God in my heart’ takes many people years of being with a church community.
The question of God’s existing has been one that has been on the minds of a great number of people throughout the ages, and indeed in the mind of many Christians. However, another question would be this: how do we know God doesn’t exist? There is a need in all to know that there is someone greater than ourselves. We experience it in our daily lives by our personal relationships and response to God, and his loving care through others – and in many cases not necessarily church-going people.
Christians are guided by faith, by what we believe to be true, based on learning about God and attending church and being with other Christians. If they sold ‘Become a Christian in 2 Weeks’ books, like some fad diets we see from time to time, then I suspect there would be far more people in church. There is no easy way to God; we often have to work hard to find him in our lives. He can find us, but we can’t always find him as easily. When you find God in your heart and truly accept him, you will never be alone again.