I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.

Sometimes the idea of God makes a lot of sense but all of the ramifications of believing in God are hard to swallow. If you find yourself wishing you could believe, you’re not alone. Consider praying a prayer like this:

God, I don’t know if you’re out there. I’m not sure how I feel about you if you are. But if you do exist I’d like to know more about you. Reveal yourself to me. Help me to find you.

It says very clearly in the Bible that those who seek God will find him. Ask God to reveal himself to you. Be honest about your reservations. God is not offended by questions or doubts.

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274 Responses to “I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.”

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Momenrady I want you to know that my heart broke when I saw the massacre at Rabaa last year. Our church here was praying for Egypt during that whole time asking that God would bring peace and end the slaughter of Muslims and Christians. Even when I see the horrific actions of terrorists I pray for them that Jesus would set them free from the lies that hold them captive to such darkness. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) He gave us the greatest example of how to do that when He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) after He had faced all of the torture and humiliation and hung dying on the cross. He truly lived out what He spoke when He said, “Greater love has no one then that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus not only died for His friends but He died for His enemies. Paul wrote, ” When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:6-8) Humanity had rejected and rebelled against God, but still He came to die for us. That is an unfathomable love!

    I know that I don’t love like that. I easily get hurt and offended and lash out at others. But I also know that as I follow Jesus He changes my heart so that more and more I reflect and live out His character. That is the ‘living hope’ that Peter wrote about in his first letter, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1Peter 1:3) Jesus not only died to pay the penalty for our sin but He also rose to life so that He could lead us in every situation and moment of our lives.

    And one of the ways that Jesus leads me is to love muslims and care very deeply about what happens to them. And I know Jesus also cares deeply about Muslims. I know that because Jesus is meeting with Muslims in their dreams and calling them to follow Him. Have a look at some of the testimonies of people who have seen Jesus in their dreams http://dreamsaboutjesus.com/. Jesus loves Muslims and does not want them to be deceived about who He is and so He is coming to them Himself to show them the truth.

    Lord Jesus, I pray that You would visit with Momenrady and help him to discover the truth about who You are. I pray that he would be able to see how much You love him and the lengths You have gone to so that he could have a relationship with You. I pray for all Muslims that are being persecuted that You would protect them so that they could discover You for themselves. For any Christians that are involved in that persecution I pray that You would convict them of their sin and place in them a love for their Muslim brothers and sisters. Jesus, there is so much hate and violence in this world. We need You to come and bring peace. Help us please!

    Momenrady, will you watch some of the videos on http://dreamsaboutjesus.com/ and let me know what you think? I would love to hear what you think these people are experiencing. You can see far more testimonies and reports of others meeting Jesus in their dreams. Do an internet search and see what comes up. Jesus loves you and wants you to experience His love and leading in your life. I look forward to hearing back from you.

  • you know Jamie,now you made me angry,because thousands of Muslims are killed everyday in the whole world. in Palestine Israel kills a lot of women and children, no human rights .in Somalia, sudan, sheshan, pakistan, china…etc.
    in france and most of European countries they are persecuted, when an animal is killed all channels speak to punish the killer, but when a Muslim is killed, nobody cares !even in Egypt, you know what happened last year in Rab3a square? i guess not, 5000 muslims were killed in 12hours,if one Christian was killed on this day, all organizations would move for his right but we don’t any rights.also, don’t tell me about some wrong Muslims, iam talking about the real islam .islam has morals and prophet Mohammed was sent as a mercy for the worlds. when a Christian converts into Muslim, he is murdered in churchs (in Egypt)

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Momenrady, if Islam treats Christians well why was Mary Sameh George beaten by pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators on March 28, 2014? https://www.persecution.net/eg-2014-04-17.htm How do you explain the violence against Christians in Minya last year? http://persecution.tv/video?task=videodirectlink&id=238

    What does Islam say should happen to a muslim who converts to Christianity?

  • ok just a person,
    i live in Egypt and muslims are majority(85%)at least and Christians take their rights, i treat Christians very well, our prophet Mohammed also told us to do so,in the qura’n that jesus wasn’t killed but Allah took him to heaven, and i will say it again, worship Allah only, Allah doesn’t have a son or wife, it’s a big mistake, Allah will guide you if he wants, i hope so, read the qura’n with your heart and you will see the truth ( ?? ??? ????)…)?? ????? ????? ?????? ???? ???)

  • just a person says:

    momenrady,
    I’m non-muslim – I wish when I lived in muslim country I could say “Jesus is the way” without getting “killed” – Reciprocal man, reciprocal!
    why don’t muslim country just remove all bad hadits regarding killing infidel and apostate?
    once country have muslim as majority (watch french/UK in the next couple decade) one way to go – GOING DOWN. look at Islamic State – they kill muslim as well.

    I don’t care anyone believe – it’s does not matter if I’m not going to heaven. but If I want to believe in GOD – I want to believe in Prophet/Son of God who willing to die for me personally. and if I ask Jesus again – will you die for me again just to save me – he will answer: YES I will. – that’s the kind of God/Person I want to believe.

  • Chris Chris says:

    deaisha….i am sorry to hear of your battles. as humans we all have them. in fact, even the bible tells us that our human logic will never accept the things of the spirit of God since they arent logical but we can believe them with our hearts and experience them as well and that is all God asks of us. remember, salvation is easy for us. jesus did the hard part by dying. we get the easy part by simply receiving him and confessing him as our savior and lord and romans 10.9 to 10 says that is all we need to do to be forgiven. the góspel is so simple that even a child can understand and receive it so dont let the enemy try and complicate it for you. could i ask what Christian church you are going to? that also ha a big effect on the kind of faith we have being that only a pure Word preached to us will produce pure faith. have you ever Heard of Billy Graham? he has been the greatest evangelist God has sent to our generation. check out his web site on billygraham.org…and now lord jesus continue to confort and help the heart of your dear daughter today knowing that you who died and rose again ever live to interceed for her from heaven and for that we are graetful amen!

  • deaisha says:

    I want to believe in god but i always have a doubt in the back of my head , does that make me a bad person i just wish god would enter my life and make me a better person and make me believe , i want to believe so bad its like the devil is in my head holding me back

  • Chris Chris says:

    deaisha….i am so glad you are seeking spiritual answers for you and your son. the bible tells us that if we seek the lord God with all of our hearts he will be found by us. we understand that the bible lays out what we need to know about who God is both for this life and the next. have you investigated the wonderful truths found in the bible? as jesus said, when we know the truth, the truth shall make us free. how gracious is our heavenly father to have left us an infallable manuel to live our lives by! if you want help in knowing our heavenly father and his loving son jesus, you can log on at knowingjesuspersonally.com for more information or click talk to a mentor at the top of this web page. i pray now that jesus would truly make himself real to you and your son. that the wonderful words of life found in the bible will become alive to you and your questions would all be answered there in jesus name amen! blessings today!

  • deaisha, i want to say (as a Muslim), Islam is the only way to God, because you should worship only God, Islam says that no god except God (la ilah ila Allah) it is said like this in Arabic,you cannot worship Jesus or marry with Allah, jesus is one of Allah’s prophets like Mohammed (pub),qura’n says that no one can enter paradise except you were a muslim, i advise you to read about islam and read quraan to know the truth, my e.mail is[it is our policy not to publish personal contact information]

  • Chris Chris says:

    deaisha….proverbs 22.6 tells us that if a parent trains his or her child in the way he should go, when he is older he wont depart from it. be diligent to train your child in the things of jesus christ and obey them yourself. you have the assurance that jesus will keep your offspring unto salvation because without christ in our lives, there will be no entrance into heaven and acts 4.12 tells us.

  • deaisha says:

    Hello i have many questioms ohkay my first question is about after life ?? Say if my son grows up and he believe in a diffrent god , or a diffrent realigion ,, would we be able to see each other after life or would we go to separate. After lifes ?

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Thanks for the video, as it was great.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Teddy, it’s good to hear from you again. It is really good that you are asking questions like this and actively looking for answers. It is through these kinds of questions that gets your attention directed to God and are in a better place to hear from Him. Make sure that you are asking these questions of Him as well. He will help direct you to the answers but we also show you things about Himself that will take you deeper into relationship with Him.

    I love your question about why the human soul is eternal. So many people either accept or reject the idea of the ‘after-life’ but never consider why it is important. So much of our human tradition has made the eternity about human utopia. You look at all religious beliefs and it describes this as a perfect existence. Heaven is a place where the followers of Jesus will experience true peace, joy, love, etc but that is only a part of what God has planned for us. You see humanity was created to live forever so that we could give testimony of the greatness of God. Because humanity was created in the image of God we have a unique relationship that no other creature–not even angels–has with the Creator. Through that unique relationship humanity is able to testify to the rest of Creation of the great love of God. We see that in the Genesis descriptions of the creation of humanity “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) God has authority over us and delegates to us the authority and stewardship of the Earth. As we exercise that authority and care for Creation we point to the greatness of God and lead all of Creation to worship Him alone.

    We get a picture of that eternal purpose in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, which foretells the events in Heaven where the Elder representatives of humanity are continually praising God saying “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

    We also have a unique story to tell to the rest of Creation because even though humanity has rebelled against God He still loves us and sacrificed Himself to have relationship with us. We know that there are angels who rebelled against God but Jesus did not become an angel to save them. That is only something that humanity is able to give testimony of. And throughout eternity we will point to Jesus and say, “It is because of what He has done…”

    That’s why I am not fond of the term ‘after-life’ because eternity is the true purpose for humanity. So it is not our ‘after-life’ but it is the reason for which we were created.

    As far as animals being present in Heaven, I can’t give you a clear answer. It makes sense to me that when God first created humanity He created animals, birds and fish for us and so it seems likely that those will also be a part of our eternal role. Some writers in the Bible use animal imagery when speaking about eternity (Isaiah 11:6 talks about the peace amongst animals that typically are enemies). Does that mean that animals that we have known here on Earth have a soul that lasts for eternity? I don’t see any indication of that from the Bible but I can’t say that it will not happen either. One unique event recorded for us in the Bible is when Balaam’s donkey speaks to him. Does this show that animals have souls? Perhaps but there could be other explanations for this as well.

    Does that help? If you have other questions I will see what I can do. You can also find answers to questions about God at http://www.gotquestions.org. They actually have an answer to your question about pets as well http://www.gotquestions.org/pets-heaven.html

  • Teddy says:

    Hi Jamie, I have a couple of questions for you. Perhaps you remember me from quite a ways back, maybe not. However, in my journey to find God I now have more questions that maybe you coulds answer as I have not found any sufficient answers anywhere else. What reason is there that an afterlife would exist? I would like to think that an afterlife existed as it is much more pleasing, but is it really plausible? I would also like to know (As my dog is on the verge of passing) if animals are said to go to Heaven. I’m not sure if it was ever specified in the bible, so I would love if you could give me your opinion on that. I may have a couple more, but I think these will do for tonight.

    Thanks you for your time and I look forward to a reply!

    Regards,

    Teddy

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Karl, you are right that God is loving. Out of His great love for us He made us to have a relationship with Him. At the same time God is just; we have that same trait in us as well. When we see an injustice there is something within us that requires payment to be made. The protests in Ferguson in response to the shooting of Michael Brown is an example of how people react to what they perceive as an injustice is being ignored. God does not allow injustice to go unpunished.

    But why is death the punishment? There is a number of ways that death is the logical outcome for humanity’s rejection of the authority of God. First, the severity of the penalty is directly related to the value of the victim. If I were to squash a mosquito very few people would protest or feel that any penalty should be paid. If I hit a cat with my car there will be more of a demand for a penalty to be paid because the cat was someone’s property and of value. If I take the life of another human being the severity of the penalty is exponentially greater because of the value of every human life. God is of infinite value because He is the source of all things and the sustainer of all things. To sin against Him, therefore, requires and infinite penalty.

    Second, the Bible describes God as the giver of everything good and perfect. Therefore, to be separate from God means to remove yourself from everything that is good. When we rejected God and declared our independence from Him we are saying that we want to separate ourselves from everything that is good, which includes life itself.

    That is what makes the act of Jesus so amazing: by His death He–and only He–was able to pay the infinite penalty for humanity’s rejection of the authority of God. Since He is God, He is of infinite value and thus able to make restitution for all of our sin. It isn’t that because people put their trust in Jesus God turns a blind eye to their sin: No, their sin was perfectly paid for by the death of an infinitely valuable God. There is no need for any further payment to be made. But those who reject Jesus’ sacrifice on their behalf are putting their trust in their own ability to pay the penalty. God will not force anyone to accept Jesus’ act of love.

    Does that make sense Karl?

  • Stuart says:

    Books will tell you nothing about the illumination of God within.

    Only you can find it in yourself.

  • Karl says:

    You skipped CRITICAL PART. You said “but someone has to die” prefaced by “so many sins. But they have a cost”. That does not explain “but someone has to die. You… or Me”. I know this. I’ve heard this, but it no longer makes sense for a loving God. Your presentation needs to go beyond “but someone has to die”. Make a stronger argument,

  • Patrick, i will talk to you ad a friend, who wants you to feel happiness and peace in your life, before i talk to you about my religion, i think you should read more about all religions and read all books to know the truth and feel comfort because allah created you and knows what makes you happy and what makes you sad, …Allah loves you, but you should find the right way to obey allah after I told you this, iam a Muslim, my name (mo’men)means in Arabic (believer) personally iam sure that islam is the true religion, if you were honestly searching the truth you will feel it when you read quraan, remember that Allah doesn’t have a son, or wife so,Christian must be wrong.I hope Allah will guide you. my email is [it is our policy not to publish personal contact information] write me soon.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    Patrick…log on at knowingjesuspersonally.com. blessings!!

  • patrick says:

    Pliz send me more details about belieging in God
    Help me about Holy Spirit, Deliverance, Evangelism

  • T.E. says:

    Accept God, the Lord Jehovah, as existing in your faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The substance is what comes from what you believe in (God) by just accepting the fact that what you believe/accept as truth is true. If you want to see miracles to believe in the existence of God, get into the word of God and maintain learning and acceptance of the existence of God; you shall see miracles whether small or big in your life. There are miracles made by Christ; it may be hard to accept that these miracles were ever made; but these has to be accepted as true miracles that were performed, in faith this must be done. Look at Leviticus and Ecclesiastes books in the bible; even if you don’t believe in the rest of the Bible you will still believe in these two books and while maintaining your faith and learning about the word of God, you shall never give up. Once you accept the word of God, you will never leave it, you will always come back to it. The word of the Lord Jehovah is pure and true. There are some things in the bible that you may find to be negative such as negative stories, but they are truth. The whole book of the bible is about truth. The commandments, Ecclesiastes, the revelations of Jesus Christ, the histories in the Bible are all truths. If the commandments of the lord and Ecclesiastes are truths, then the rest of the Bible is true; this is a true conclusion.

    You want to believe in God, use faith. By faith you can maintain a strong belief in the existence of God. Accepting Christ is the first step; the second step is to do what the lord Jehovah, God, wants you to do. Follow the commandments of the Lord, do them. There are people that say, “I believe in God, but do evil things even continually. If you do what God wants you to do you will be the kind of person God wants you to be, you will be spiritually clean, you will be more intelligent in the way that God wants you to be intelligent (You will develop better self-esteem, you will treat other people with respect and you will be respected and honored as good person, there will be a lot that you will see happen because of the grace of God and the fact that you accept this grace).

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    lijanjohn…yes, keep your faith in christ whether or not anyone else does or not! blessings!!

  • lijanjohn says:

    I have lot of reasons to believe god, but i could not able change mind as his follower.i would like believe god in my whole life.

  • Kennedy Dave Kennedy says:

    Momen Rady. People often follow the religion of their parents or culture, whether Muslim, Buddhist, Christian. It is a cultural part of our humanity. A belief in almighty God does not ask me to put down my culture, the culture of my parents. When we stand before God on Judgment Day, each person must give account for himself—whether he believed in God’s truth. But among so many religions, what is the truth? “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” The Quran does not say the Bible has been changed. The Quran honors the Torah and the Bible. It mentions the Torah, and the “Zabur” (the Old Testament and Psalms) and the “Injil” (the New Testament) many times. When Islam began in the 6th century, 600 years after Jesus Christ, the Bible was accepted as true. It is true today. This issue is the most important question of the life of a human. We owe it to ourself to learn whether or not God is real. It simply means we have questions. We are not alone. Actually, shouldn’t we question the aspects of life which are most meaningful and important?

    I gently and kindly request you look honestly at Jesus. Please put away any prejudice and cultural influences you have for a moment and take a look at the person of Jesus. If God does not exist, you will have wasted a minute or so reading this. If God is real and if He has communicated with human beings through Jesus Christ, this is the most urgent item in the world and in comparison nothing else really matters.

    Please consider praying this prayer. You can find this in many forms. The following is found in John Stott’s Basic Christianity, a book which I highly recommend to those who have questions about the person of Jesus.

    “God, if you exist (and I don’t know you do) and you can hear this prayer (and I don’t know if you can), I want to tell you I am an honest seeker after the truth. Show me if Jesus is your Son and the Savior of the world. And if you bring conviction to my mind I will trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord.”

    God’s Word says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

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