Is God Real?

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Is God Real“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3

Delusional, weak, ignorant, emotionally unstable, evil, deceived, and intolerant. What do these words have in common? I have run across these words from time-to-time as they describe a person who calls themselves a Christian. You can easily do a search on the internet and find websites dedicated to abolishing the Christian’s belief in God. It is amazing to me that people will spend so much time, money and energy trying to cast doubt in the minds of believers that God is real.

So, is God real or am I (and maybe you) a delusional, ignorant, sad person who needs be convinced that the God we worship is not a reality?   I want to share some of the reasons why a person needs to accept the fact that God is a reality. After all, all believers were once unbelievers were we not?

I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was about 17 years old. Prior to that time I did not read the Bible and had no knowledge about how I was “supposed to act” as a Christian. My friends at the church where I attended prayed for me and I remember realizing that if I died without accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior, I would be forever lost and separated from God. It was my choice to believe or not. The evidence at that time was overwhelming to me. I had never sensed that much guilt for wrong-doing in my life and I haven’t sensed it like that since because once you are “saved” you are always saved. I remember praying and asking God to forgive me for what I realized was sin (offenses against the will of God) in my life. When I made my choice, I experienced forgiveness and a relief of the guilt I had experience before. In that moment, I realized God is real and that’s when my adventure of a lifetime began.

The Meaning of Christmas

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“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

December is a busy month. Christmas is right around the corner and has a special meaning for all. For a Christian, it means remembering and celebrating the birth of Jesus. The birth of a child always brings joy and a sense of wonder. A new life is brought into the world and in the midst of the joy, we also ponder what the child will become and what difference he or she will make in the world. The birth of Christ was like that. Angels announced and celebrated His birth to lowly shepherds and eventually to the whole world. His mother, Mary, pondered all the things she was told about her Son, especially about what He would become. The verse above is central to understanding why Jesus came. His message was one of repentance (turning away) from sin and deliverance from the penalty of sin.

Romans 5:6 says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Ungodliness means a state of sinfulness. Sin is any act or thought that God deems to be an affront to His holiness and righteousness. Because we have sinned we are judged by God to be unrighteous with the penalty of eternity in hell—not by God’s desire, but ours. Something must be done to satisfy the judgment for sin. That “something” is trusting Christ to be our Savior. The message of repentance is that we can turn away from sin to Christ. True repentance means we will no longer desire to be in opposition or rebellion against God, but will choose to live righteously for Him.

Everybody wants to go to heaven and many believe they can get to heaven by some means other than by Christ. The bible and Jesus said they are wrong about that. The bible tells us, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) This Christmas remember the real reason we celebrate the birth of Christ.

God Created

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)

This verse is probably the most controversial verse in the Bible when it comes to understanding “how it all began”. It’s not controversial to a Christian who believes the Bible is the infallible Word of God. It is true that there are many allegories, sayings, and parables in the Bible. Skeptics will assert that Genesis 1:1 is simply a statement that was not meant to be taken literally. They do not accept the reality that God is real and the creator of all. Their reasoning suggests that everything that was made was done so by a combination of time and chance. Carl Sagan, a noted astronomer once said that “with enough time anything is possible.” His statement was in reply to the Biblical concept of creation which he rejected.

Common sense indicates that matter, energy, and time had to have a beginning. The “big bang” theory asserts that the whole universe was brought into existence by an explosion of compacted energy. If that were so, what created the initial energy? Our Christian view of creation as explained in Genesis is ridiculed and rejected by the scientific community; however, when you compare creation by God with creation by chance and time, the Biblical version is the most credible.

The belief that God created the heavens and the earth is based on more than faith.

“Romans 1:20-21 (HCSB) For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. (21) For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.”

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