Religion has died out. The only people who attend church now are your grandparents or perhaps one person you know from work or school. You may think it’s nice for the one person you know who does attend church, but you know it’s not for you. Too much controversy comes with believing in God anyway. It’s much easier not to believe when you learn about evolution and the big bang, and when everybody around you agrees that religion causes more trouble in the world than anything else. Statistic after statistic shows up explaining how the world is becoming less and less religious, and also how the world is a better place without it. According to the IPSOS MORI website, politicians and government ministers are the most untrustworthy group of people. Two thirds of the British public agree that doctors are the most trusted professionals and 63 to 57 percent agree that government ministers are not trustworthy. Some heart breaking discrimination and crime has occurred in the church. I am not surprised that people feel they cannot go to a church again because of the way they have been treated.
So why would anybody want to attend a church or become a Christian? How would it benefit you when the world tells you how much you don’t need it? There are plenty of motivational blogs, commercials, films and television series out there. They are written by wonderful people who seem to live life to the full and are happy. Perhaps you are happy and are in a good place with your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. And who needs God when you can have a spiritual experience with yoga, fortune telling or oujja boards anyway? They tell you want they want to hear, don’t they?
So your life consists of good things. You have a house, a car, a job that fuels your drive and motivation, good family relationships and friendships. You have hobbies you enjoy and you go on holiday twice a year. So what is missing in your life? What could be better than what you already have?
It’s likely you’ve heard the message of Christianity preached at some point in your life. Perhaps around Christmas or Easter when it’s common to go to church for a carol service or for a baptism. I don’t know how you responded to being in a church or having a conversation with a minister or Christian. Perhaps you didn’t like it or just didn’t feel like you wanted to go back. The truth is that no one can force you to become a Christian. It doesn’t matter how much you go to church or spend time with practicing Christians. If you have decided in your mind you are not interested in it, then no amount of being around believers will change your mind. There is no mind control in Christianity.
Now, one of the main arguments that is against the case for God is a lack of evidence. I’m assuming this is physical evidence of God being real; people expect to see something to believe in it. That sounds fair enough, doesn’t it? If you can’t see something, how can you believe that it is real? In the same way, you cannot see your own brain. The only known realistic way of being able to see your brain is if you went to the doctors and had a scan or x-ray. Then you would be able to see on the scan the image of the brain that is in your head. So what exactly are we asking for? A picture of God? A reason for the mess the world is in? God is God. He is a person. He does not have to reveal Himself in the way you want. Everything a Christian believes in is written in the Word of God, the Bible. In case you didn’t realise, a Christian’s foundation is built on the Word of God. And statistics aside, I would like to add that if the bible is just a book of fairy tales, why when writing this blog, when I have googled particular bible verses for reference, have I found the bible’s sentences already a search result in google? I’m talking the whole sentence! If Christianity is irrelevant then why is it still widely googled?
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 (King James bible)
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'” Luke 16:31
The above statement was made by Abraham when speaking to the rich man in hell. This is relevant because people today are always asking for evidence of God. And God has sent His prophets and messengers out into the world to preach the message. The rich man had previously stated: ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’” Luke 16:30
But Abraham responded with Luke 16:31. So although you might think you would believe if you saw someone rise from the dead, or saw Jesus right in front of your eyes, the Bible suggests that you may not. If you have made up your mind that you will absolutely not believe in God then you will create any excuse for a miracle such as a person rising from the dead.
We are close enough to the sun to be warm enough to not die and we are not so far away that we would freeze to death (you can argue the North Pole but I don’t think that is relevant to now). We have water, fruit and vegetables and animals to eat. Now I’m not a scientist but I would like someone to explain to me how we have all these resources without a higher power providing them for us. Perhaps you can give me an answer. And perhaps it would satisfy most people. However, there is one thing you cannot explain to me. You cannot logically explain where all these resources coincidentally came from to cause the Big Bang and for the world to be formed. As far as I can tell, human beings are finite and there has been no studies concluded that can explain where exactly all this matter came from.
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