Tuesday, March 28, 2017

EVERYONE HAS FAITH. WHERE DID YOU PUT YOURS?


By Ada Brownell

The woman was from Sweden. She and her daughter had a long layover in the same airport where we waited for our next flight.

She discovered I am a Christian writer and we began discussing faith.

"Oh, I don't believe in God, and I allow my children to decide whether they want to. I just believe we're here, and if we're good people that's all that's important."

Interesting that she already said, "I believe..."

I told her why I believe in God. Nothing else makes sense. I can't believe we would just appear on earth with our perfect bodies, on a planet perfectly placed in space, with everything we need for survival at our fingertips. I gave her evidence I see that says God exists, but then I added, "But you can't prove God exists because faith is the requirement for salvation."

I went on to say, "No one can prove God doesn't exist either. It takes as much faith to believe He doesn't exist, as to believe in God."

I pointed out that evolution is taught as fact only because it is so widely accepted, and that it has been changed many times because the missing links aren't there. Punctuated equilibrium is one of the later theories. Furthermore, any species that has proven changes is still the same species.

"But I can't believe in God," she said.

She appeared to think He is too amazing. She and others think men and animals and the universe creating itself is plausible?

"You do have faith," I told her with a smile. "Believing He isn't there takes as much as believing in Him. Any answer to who we are, how we arrived here, and where we're going takes faith. What you have decided to believe about your beginning is where you put your faith."

"You're messing with my head," she said. "I'm going to have to think about what you're saying."

Now, every day I call her name before the Lord and ask that she and her family will place their faith in God who loved the world so much He gave His only Son on the cross to die for her sins. I pray she will put her faith in Jesus, believe that He walked out of the tomb alive, and because He lives she can live forever also. Her eternity will be much more glorious than it would be if she keeps her faith in the professors and others who told her God isn't there--because He is.

Evidence is everywhere--beginning with the eye you see with to read these words.

IMAGINE YOUR FAITH

Remember we can't prove God exists because faith is necessary for salvation. The Bible states, “Without faith it is impossible to please him. For he that cometh to him must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.”[1]


In another scripture the Bible says, “All who believe in God’s Son have everlasting life.”[2]

If God’s existence could be proved, there would be no reason for faith!


When the whole matter of man’s existence on Earth is questioned, there is nothing to settle it—but faith. So why not believe in God? It’s the only thing that makes sense.


Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, said he has never seen a single individual who has honestly considered the evidence who was unable to believe in God. But he has seen some who are unwilling to believe.[3]


Belief is a matter of the will. God created man with freedom of choice. We aren’t forced to serve or obey him. Adam and Eve had that choice from the beginning, and so do we. We can serve false gods, Satan, or ourselves if we choose.


It is only when we choose to believe in the Creator that we begin to build our life on the Rock where the hurricanes of life can’t destroy us.


God’s love was demonstrated when He sent His only Son to die, arise from the tomb, and be the Savior of sinful men. Belief in God the Father is not enough, however. Devils believe and tremble (James 2:19). We also must believe and confess Jesus Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9) and obediently follow Him and His Word.




[1] Hebrews 11:6KJ
[2] John 3:36
[3] Josh McDowell, Foreword, Evidence That Demands a Verdict (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers Inc., San Bernardino, CA, 1979).