|Q: How can we know God is real?
|A: Dear Amanda,
|Thanks for your question. I can think of at least 3 reasons why I know God is real.
1. The first reason is Bible prophecy. These are parts of the Bible that have told about things before they happened and the things happened just exactly like the Bible said they would. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons God put prophecies in the Bible – to give us reasons to believe in Him.
“I am God, and there is no one like me. From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens.” (Isaiah 46:9-10, NCV)
2. The second thing that tells me God is real is nature. The things that God made tell us He is real in the same way that the things you make tell people you are real. What if you colored a picture and put your name on it, and someone saw it and asked, “How do you know this Amanda is real?” We know because someone had to color that picture. And someone had to make all the beautiful things of nature, and that is God. In Romans 1:20, the Bible says “There are things about him that people cannot see—his eternal power and all the things that make him God. But since the beginning of the world those things have been easy to understand by what God has made. So people have no excuse…”
3. The third thing that tells me God is real is what He has done for me. I used to be a very mean and selfish person. I tried to do good, but never really could. Then I came to know about God. I began to read the Bible. I learned about how much He loves me and cares for Me. I learned about prophecy. I learned about His creation. I learned about how He could change me to be a better person. I began to pray to Him, and ask Him to help me know Him better. He changed my life. He made me a new person. And since I’ve been a pastor, I’ve been able to see Him change so many other people, too.
Amanda, God is very real, and He loves you very much, and wants you to know Him, too. There will always be things we don’t know for sure, but there are a lot of things about God that we can know for sure. Pray and ask Him to help you know Him better, and He will.
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!
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