Thursday, September 29, 2011

God

God!  A simple three letter word that means so much and is used in so many different ways.  To some it is just a word used when swearing.  To others it is a general word used to describe all forms of deities.  To some it is the name of a non-existent mythical being.  And to others of us it is a title we use for our heavenly Father, the creator of the universe.

I believe that God is real and that he has a purpose for his creation and for me.  Can I prove that to you?  No I can't, although I can demonstrate that belief in God is reasonable, more so than any of the alternatives.  While I cannot prove to you that God exists, I am convinced in my own mind that he does and that belief is an integral part of who I am and how I live my life here.

I believe that everyone has an opinion, or belief, concerning God.  Those beliefs range from active disbelief (militant atheism), through indifference (more passive atheism and agnosticism), to passive belief (folks for whom that belief makes no practical difference) and on to active belief.  Active belief is where ones belief in God makes a practical difference in their everyday life.  I am different specifically because of what I believe about him.

I believe, among other things:
  • that God exists
  • that he is the creator of all that is in this universe, including the laws that regulate it
  • that he has a purpose for his creation
  • that the creation bears faithful testimony to its creator and that it is knowable
  • that he does not micro manage his creation, allowing it to function according to the physical laws he put into place
  • that he knows me and has a future for me
  • that he wants me to know him in a personal way
  • that he is not overly interested in me being healthy, wealthy or wise in this life time, but rather is using the events of this life to prepare me for a future life
  • that he is not like me in any appreciable way and the terms I can use to describe him are totally inadequate and often misleading
  • that he is not obligated to me in any way, but has provided me a way to be a part of what he is doing

And because I believe the above I:
  • actively seek to know him better, spending time with him
  • try to live, not to gratify today's desires, for in preparation for the future he has for me
  • live in awe of his creative power and what he has put together, our universe
  • am convicted of the need to share the good news with others who live without it

What do you believe about God?  And what difference does it make in your daily life?

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