And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6).
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me (John 15:4).
It astonishes me how people go to great extremes to disprove that God exists. I recently saw a documentary that theorized mankind came from extra terrestrial beings (i.e. aliens). The theory is that these beings from outer space simply combined their genetic code with that of a Neanderthal man and out came the human race. Let me ask those who believe this theory a question? Who created the DNA that could even make such a theoretical idea possible? More than that, who created the space men?
As scientists journey through the question of creation, many atheistic scientists, who set out to disprove the existence of God, end up concluding that creation cannot just exist without an “intelligent designer”. They are close, but pride leads them to state an “intelligent designer”, while refusing to acknowledge that God, the creator of all things, is the responsible party for creation.
God has made himself known to the world. This is what theologians refer to as “general revelation”. When we look at God’s creation and see how sophisticated life really is, and we see how everything works so eloquently together, why do some fail to recognize God?
The former atheist and writer for the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel, went on a quest to disprove the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a highly regarded legal journalist with a law background, he looked for substantial evidence that could proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, in a court of law. In his quest, the evidence he uncovered was so substantial, that his research led him to the fact that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ cannot be denied. This brought Mr. Strobel from a diehard atheist into a believing Christian. He documented the research in his book, “A Case for Christ”.
So, why do people deny God?
When Christians are living a fruitless faith, others look and ask, “Where is God in your Christian life?”. When we thump people over the head with the Bible and judge people according to the Ten Commandments, how can anyone clearly understand a message of grace as it was delivered in the New Testament? I don’t know of anyone who has received Christ through being abused by scripture. However, every professing Christian that I personally know has been led to Christ through seeing the grace in another’s life.
Therefore, let us remember that we must help others to see God through the lens of grace. Our faith must testify by the way in which we live our lives. By remaining in Christ, your faith will bear fruit, and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which surpasses all understanding, will be made known to those around you. Let us pray that this grace will manifest and be known by those who are looking for God.
May God strengthen you and guide you. May the knowledge of Christ be seen through your faith in action.
Be blessed in all you do!
Your brother in Christ,