About a month ago, a co-worker asked why we believed in God. Obviously faith is a huge, huge part of it, but he wasn’t asking about faith. He wanted to know what evidence we’d experienced that contributed to our beliefs.
Personal experience, some people said.
Another co-worker cited the teleological argument of the watchmaker: if you come upon a watch on a beach, you asume there was a watchmaker.
Me? I shared one story and one historical finding.
I’m not sure I’m ready to share the story on my blog yet. It’s such a special, intimate, significant experience in my life that most readers might think is silly, and I’m not ready to subject it to that yet. I will say, though, that there was a moment in my life when I asked God for something and he gave it to me only seconds later. Not a physical object but a thought/memory. There was no other possible explanation for it but God, and it came at a very low time of my life, when OCD was like a railroad spike splintering my faith, and this experience mattered so much that I fell to my knees in awe and gratitude.
As for the historical finding, it comes from a book I read called Humilitas, which was written by Australian historian John Dickson. It examines the historical timeline of the virtue of humility, attempting to locate the turning point in history where humility went from being something people looked down on to being something people admired.
The turning point was the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There are others things I could add: Can Man Live without God by Ravi Zacharias presents a fascinatingly different kind of apologetics as it examines not whether God is real but whether life has value and meaning if God is not real. Other personal experiences with God throughout the years, most specifically an evening under the stars I spent with him. The backward nature of Christianity: how people can find joy in suffering, how we can lose our lives to gain them, how the last shall be first.
How about you? Do you believe in God, and if so, why?
Keep comments civil, peeps. I know we’re capable of having a mature, intelligent discussion on God.
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