IF WE HAVE NEVER SEEN GOD, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT HE EXISTS?

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IF WE HAVE NEVER SEEN GOD, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT HE EXISTS?

That thought ever crossed your mind? Is our faith blind? Is our trust baseless? What if there is no foundation to what we believe in? What if, as some cynics say, this religion called Christianity was nothing more than a mere conjured reality; and Christ, a mere figment of someone’s imagination?

If you ever have had those thoughts, you are not alone. Many had before, and many more will; just as many are today. So let's settle our curiosity right now and take a closer look at what exists to prove that God exists.

The first place that people look for when they want proof are relics. Many great men have had their bones and teeth enshrined. These remains are living proof, pardon the pun, that these guys really did exist.

But this doesn't apply to Christ, does it? Because, remember the story? Christ rose from the dead. How convenient, isn't it? Well, the Pharisees certainly thought so too.

“On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”” Matthew 27:62-64

So if you had doubts whether Jesus really existed, relax, you are not alone.

And you know, this idea of conspiracy only gets worse when we consider what the disciples claimed to have seen when they reached the tomb.

“Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.” John 20:3-7

Everything cleaned up, grave clothes all neatly folded in a pile. Talk about dubious circumstances. It's no wonder that critics have been having a field day since the time of Christ. So comprehensive were they in fact, that they even had the possible stories from the guards covered and explained in the Bible.

“Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.” Matthew 28:11-15

How meticulously planned, wasn't it?

But you know, if you think about it, has there ever been a ruse so complex, involving so many, that has been so intricately planned, so detailed in its execution and so meticulous in its communication that till now, no definitive evidence has ever been found to debunk it?

But never mind hearsay, haters and heretics; because that is not where the true evidence for God's existence can be found. Instead, here it is.

“It is true that no human being has ever had a direct vision of God. Yet if we love each other God does actually live within us, and his love grows in us towards perfection. And, as I wrote above, the guarantee of our living in him and his living in us is the share of his own Spirit which he gives us.” 1 John 4:12-13 [PHILLIPS]

The evidence that God exists is not a public one, it is a private one. Because our Father is not a God who deals with us in the droves. He prefers to deal with us individually, personally, one-on-one. You see, He didn't say, ‘behold, I send out an mass email blast. Whoever answers that call will come and feast at the next great Heaven booze up; instead He said,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

‘I will come in and dine’, with who? With the masses? With the crowds? No, with ‘him’.

Now, do the masses matter to Jesus? Yes of course. When He was preaching, He always looked on the masses with compassion.

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew 9:35-36

Then later, at another gathering, “Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”” Matthew 15:32

And does Jesus want many saved? Of course. He wants the whole world saved, if they wanted to be; just as He told Nicodemus,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

And so “…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

But even though many matter to Him, when Jesus looks into the crowd, He doesn’t just see the masses, He sees each and every one in the crowd. He sees every care, He feels every pain. To Him, a crowd is not a collection of people, but a gathering of many individuals. For just as He told the crowd,

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

And He tells us that we will know that He exists if we can love.

But why love? Well, beloved, because love is probably the most unnatural thing that we humans can do. We are by nature selfish, not selfless. We never give without expecting something in return. So when you find that you actually can be selfless and give without expecting something in return; that's when you know that our Father is at work in your life.

And really, love is probably the most personal emotion we can ever exhibit. Because even though we can give and smile about it on the outside, it is our hearts that knows whether or not that act was really spawn of love, or mere obligation.

But you-know-what, the love that we have, the love that tells us that He exists and abides in us, is no static entity either. It’s not like you get zapped with it the moment you accept Christ. Instead, it is a seed, it takes root and grows, for John tells us that

“…his love grows in us towards perfection.” 1 John 4:12 [PHILLIPS]

And how do we know that we are progressing toward this perfection?

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,…” 1 John 4:18 [PHILLIPS]

When we are confident of our salvation; when we definitely know that where Christ is, there we will be, because we know that as He is, so are we in this world; when we no longer worry or are anxious about the matters of our lives, because not only do we know He exists, we know He's with us and is always sorting out our troubles for us; that is when love is perfected in us, and that is how we know that He exists for us in our lives.

So does God exist? Only you can answer that for yourself, beloved. And I pray that He will open your eyes, if not already; so that for you, He will not only exist, but you will realize that He has been with you always.

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