Does God Exist? Proof & Evidence for the Existence of God

Written by Marilyn Adamson

Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.”

Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists.

But first consider this. If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.

It is like if someone refuses to believe that people have walked on the moon, then no amount of information is going to change their thinking. Satellite footage of astronauts walking on the moon, interviews with the astronauts, moon rocks…all the evidence would be worthless, because the person has already concluded that people cannot go to the moon.

When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.(1)

On the other hand, for those who want to know God if He is there, He says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”(2) Before you look at the facts surrounding God’s existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know Him?

Here, then, are some reasons supporting God’s existence...

1. Throughout history, in all cultures of the world, people have been convinced there is a God.

Could one say with any sense of confidence that all those people have been mistaken? Billions of people, who represent diverse sociological, intellectual, emotional, educational makeups…all came to the same conclusion that there is a Creator, a God to be worshipped.

“Anthropological research has indicated that among the farthest and most remote primitive people today, there is a universal belief in God. And in the earliest histories and legends of people all around the world, the original concept was of one God, who was the Creator. An original high God seems once to have been in their consciousness even in those societies which are today polytheistic.”(3)

2. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today. Many examples showing God’s design could be given, possibly with no end. But here are a few:

  • The Earth…its size is perfect. The Earth’s size and corresponding gravity holds a thin layer of mostly nitrogen and oxygen gases, only extending about 50 miles above the Earth’s surface.If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter.(4) Earth is the only known planet equipped with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life.The Earth is located the right distance from the sun. Consider the temperature swings we encounter, roughly -30 degrees to +120 degrees. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer and we would burn up.Even a fractional variance in the Earth’s position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible. The Earth remains this perfect distance from the sun while it rotates around the sun at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph. It is also rotating on its axis, allowing the entire surface of the Earth to be properly warmed and cooled every day.And our moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. The moon creates important ocean tides and movement so ocean waters do not stagnate, and yet it restrains our massive oceans from spilling over across the continents.(5)
  • Water…colorless, odorless and without taste, and yet no living thing can survive without it. Plants, animals and human beings consist mostly of water (about two-thirds of the human body is water). You’ll see why the characteristics of water are uniquely suited to life…It has an unusually high boiling point and freezing point. Water allows us to live in an environment of fluctuating temperature changes, while keeping our bodies a steady 98.6 degrees.Water is a universal solvent. Take a full glass of water, add a cup of sugar, and nothing spills over the edge; the water simply absorbs the sugar. This property of water means that thousands of chemicals, minerals and nutrients can be carried throughout our bodies and into the smallest blood vessels.(6)Water is also chemically inert. Without affecting the makeup of the substances it carries, water enables food, medicines and minerals to be absorbed and used by the body.Water has a unique surface tension. Water in plants can therefore flow upward against gravity, bringing life-giving water and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees.
    Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter.

    Ninety-seven percent of the Earth’s water is in the oceans. But on our Earth, there is a system designed which removes salt from the water and then distributes that water throughout the globe. Evaporation takes the ocean waters, leaving the salt, and forms clouds which are easily moved by the wind to disperse water over the land, for vegetation, animals and people. It is a system of purification and supply that sustains life on this planet, a system of recycled and reused water.(7)

  • The human brain…simultaneously processes an amazing amount of information.Your brain takes in all the colors and objects you see, the temperature around you, the pressure of your feet against the floor, the sounds around you, the dryness of your mouth, even the way this article appears to you on your screen.Your brain registers emotional responses, thoughts and memories. At the same time your brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of your body like your breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands.The human brain processes more than a million messages a second.(8) Your brain weighs the importance of all this data, filtering out the relatively unimportant. This screening function is what allows you to focus and operate effectively in your world.A brain that deals with more than a million pieces of information every second, while evaluating its importance and allowing you to act on the most pertinent information…can we say mere chance brought about such an astounding organ?

    When NASA launches a shuttle mission, it is assumed a monkey didn’t write the plan, but intelligent and knowledgeable minds. How does one explain the existence of the human brain? Only a mind more intelligent and knowledgeable than humanity could have created the human brain.

3. Mere “chance” is not an adequate explanation.

Imagine looking at Mount Rushmore, in which the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are carved. Could you ever believe that it came about by chance?

Given infinite time, wind, rain and chance, it is still hard to believe something like that, tied to history, was randomly formed in the side of a mountain. Common sense tells us that people planned and skillfully carved those figures.

This article only touches on a few amazing aspects of our world: the Earth’s position to the sun, some properties of water, one organ in the human body. Could any of these have come about by chance?

The distinguished astronomer Sir Frederick Hoyle showed how amino acids randomly coming together in a human cell is mathematically absurd. Sir Hoyle illustrated the weakness of “chance” with the following analogy. “What are the chances that a tornado might blow through a junkyard containing all the parts of a 747, accidentally assemble them into a plane, and leave it ready for take-off? The possibilities are so small as to be negligible even if a tornado were to blow through enough junkyards to fill the whole universe!”(9)

When one considers the intricacies of our life and universe, it is reasonable to think that an intelligent, loving Creator provided for everything we need for life. The Bible describes God as the author and sustainer of life.

4. Humankind’s inherent sense of right and wrong cannot be biologically explained. There arises in all of us, of any culture, universal feelings of right and wrong. Even a thief gets upset and feels wronged when someone steals from him. If someone violently grabs a child from a family and rapes that child, there is an anger and revulsion and a rage to confront that act as evil, regardless of the culture. Where did we get this sense of wrongness? How do we explain a universal law in the conscience of all people that says murder for fun is wrong?

And in areas like courage, dying for a cause, love, dignity, duty and compassion, where did these come from? If people are merely products of physical evolution, “survival of the fittest,” why do we sacrifice for each other? Where did we get this inner sense of right and wrong? Our conscience can best be explained by a loving Creator who cares about the decisions and harmony of humanity.

Next: God left a biography about himself as evidence for his existence

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251 Responses to “Does God Exist? Proof & Evidence for the Existence of God”

  • donald griffor says:

    Richard john 14:6 jesus saith onto him, i am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh onto the father, but by me. I believe that not because i think i got all the facts. it’s the spirit of god that reveal that to me. the holy spirit is the spirit of truth, the truth has to be revealed to you. Your searching that the main thing keep on searching until you find the truth. praying for you. don

  • Richard says:

    Jim, that “well being effect” can be had by giving to charity, meditating, walking the dog, smiling at a stranger, looking at beautiful art/nature, having dinner with your family, volunteering and so on an on. None of which has to be on “His terms”. What a selfish imaginary creature he is.
    Richard

  • Your response Richard has reached me on email, but not as yet on this website.Nevertheless I am sending my reply just the same as I’m rather busy today:

    Correct me if I’m wrong Richard, but I thought you said “faith” has a well being effect; you didn’t mention any of the other activities or attributes, as important as they are.
    As for God’s selfishness, as you suggest; yes there is a truth in that, He jealously guards over his creation especially those whom He created in His own image. Would you not agree that we live in a world where we need protection from all manner of bad people, bad behaviour, sometimes even from ourselves? Like a good shepherd He watches over his people, but they still have their free will that they can exercise and all too often to their own detriment. His terms are our protection in the here and now and beyond. God’s selfishness can be summed up in what we read in John 3:16

    Regards,
    Jim.

  • Richard says:

    Don, was this truth revealed to you?
    Leviticus 25:44-46 However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.
    And in case you say “yes, but that’s the old testament” – Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

  • Richard says:

    Jim, Surely the whole point of a shepherd is to intervene when the flock wanders off (enacts free will). What’s the point in “watching over”, if you’re not going to do anything?

  • Matt. 18:12 you’ll find the answer Richard. In this parable Christ indicates how much we mean to Him individually and how much he desires us to have a personal relationship with Him. He has intervened and it is up to us to follow Him.

  • donald griffor says:

    Richard yes there was good and evil back in the old testament days the new testament days and now. yes i don’t agree with some of things that went on in the bible days or now, way god allowed men to have slaves i don’s know but that doesn’t mean there’s not a god. he allows thing to happen that we can’t understand like abortion today it sickens me but i still believe in god and god’s son jesus. god love’s all of us and he made a way for us to be save jesus christ and him crufied. GOD BLESS praying for you. don

  • Richard says:

    Don, I agree, the fact that the god of the bible(s) advocates what I would call evil, violence, hatred, murder and intolerence, doesn’t mean there isn’t a god. It means, if there is a god, it’s certainly not a loving one. Please note, he doesn’t just allow these horrors, he makes them happen.
    You dissagree with some of the things god does in the bible? Is that blashphemy?
    Does god mention abortion in the bible?
    As I asked earlier, Jesus died and was almost immediatly taken up to live in paradise for all eternity. How is that a sacrifice?
    All the best. I’ll think critically for you. Richard.

  • Richard says:

    Jim, so god is not omnipotent? He has to leave the 99 to search for the 1?
    Okay, it’s just a parable to indicate that he cares when even one of his flock wanders off.
    So, if I’m the modern equivalent of the lost sheep, will god come looking for me?

  • Richard , God who created us in His image has been looking for us ever since we first strayed away by an act of disobedience. That disobedience has made us very vulnerable and has caused us to live in a fallen world where evil prevails and I think that would not be difficult to understand when we look around and read the news from day to day. God is indeed omnipotent, but He doesn’t use that power to turn us into robots, nor does he use that power to fix up all our problems, most of which are the direct result of our selfishness. Responsible parents don’t do that for their children for obvious reasons and neither does God our Father.
    The parable of the lost sheep and the lost son for that matter are just that, parables, but very powerful analogies of His love for us as individuals.
    But there was one very powerful act of omnipotence that God did use to save mankind and the only way to save mankind and that was by the life, death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Richard, we are saved by grace through faith; don’t wait until you think you know and understand everything;………. I don’t,……… but I do know Christ’s love for me.
    My the Lord bless you this Easter as you reflect on………For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.

  • I don’t know Richard if you are a music lover,…….but if you get a chance try and listen to….. ” For as in Adam all die” …..and then as it continues to…” In Christ is also the resurrection of the dead” in Handel’s Messiah. it is very touching.
    Cheers, Jim.

  • Elkay says:

    Richard, speaking of music, when/if you read the “worship scenes” in Revelation 5, what is your reaction? Do you feel that you could worship such a Savior-Lamb-King?

    “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

    Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and more saying with a loud voice:

    “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

    And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

    To that I can say, Hallelujah!

  • Aldo says:

    Richard, I am sorry, but by saying (the world/people/nature is so amazing/beautiful/complicated it must have a creator” will not be considered evidence)- including the Bible, God’s Word to mankind; limits my, or anyone’s attempt at trying to prove that God exists.

    Even if there was dead right truth of the existence of God, which there is in those things which you have said will not be considered, no one would believe it. Why? Because the Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

    You see, God doesn’t want or need to prove His existence for someone to believe that He is. He wants us to believe He exists merely by faith. Those who do, He rewards with the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life with Him in heaven. Those who do not, well, they suffer the consequences of their own choice.

    Richard, the reason why Christians today, and the millions who have gone before us, including those who have died from being persecuted, are so steadfast in their faith is because when they come into a relationship with God through accepting and receiving His Son Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, God the Holy Spirit quickens the new life to them. (2 Corinthians 5:17) They know that they are a new creation in Christ.

    Of course, one who hasn’t experienced that, would find it hard to believe. But, thank God, the Bible tells us that God has dealt to each one a measure of faith- Romans 12:3. So then, if we choose not to believe it is entirely our fault.

    I hope and pray that you make the right choice.

  • donald griffor says:

    AMEN all good comments for GOD ARE SAVIOR. but i believe that spiritual blindness is worse than physical blindness and comes from the devil we can go back and forth trying to convince someone of the truth it’s all good.but we need to let the holy spirit do his job to open blind eyes. please pary for my unsaved loved ones. john 6:37 (kjv) all that the father giveth me shall come to me,and him that cometh to me i will in no wise cast out. much prayer is needed for the unbeliever i have a burden for those who call theirselves an atheist i guess because my grandson says he doesn’t believe in god.i will be praying for all of you and yours. GOD BLESS. don

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Richard, I had to chuckle as I read your question, ‘Okay, it’s just a parable to indicate that he cares when even one of his flock wanders off.
    So, if I’m the modern equivalent of the lost sheep, will god come looking for me?’ The fact that you are here on this site asking questions and reading the articles is a pretty good indication that not only is God looking for you, but that He is also providing you with people to answer your questions! :-)

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Some good discussion here but for many people it is not theological or philosophical debate or arguments which help them come to a place of belief in God almighty. It is when we come to know God personally for ourselves that we find the peace which passes all understanding and a real reason for living and serving Him.

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you for your response to this article and I agree with you. May the Lord our god bless you.

  • donald griffor says:

    happy easter GOD BLESS you all. don

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Happy Easter to you too, Donald. May the Lord’s blessings be with you and those close to you.

  • Russ says:

    I believe in my soul and mind there is a higher power or great spirit ,the one God, the Father, the Creator. Where is it? If I said as the prophets say ” My little chidren listen to me”, I would be with them. I am a father and I cannot stay away from my children. Where is the Great spirit our Father? Hear us now. We need you. In the passed you have sent prophets , where are they now? All we have is a 2000 year old book that has been translated by who ever had the gold at that time. Where oh Lord are you ? Speak so we can hear. Then may we come to you when you come to us.

  • jgvanommen says:

    Yes Russ, that is often how we feel as mere mortals. One thing though we need to remember; God is a spirit and those that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The 2000 year old book is a revelation of God’s word in time, but God is from everlasting to everlasting, He is outside our limited concept of time, equally, in His omnipotence and omnipresence outside our concept of power and location. God’s word is as relevant to us today as it was 2000 years ago and ever will be. We need to acquaint ourselves with it, thoroughly , and allow Him to speak to us today. Yes, in this wicked world of today, I agree we sometimes feel just as you say. I like your words; ” Than may we come to you as you come to us.” Yes, like it says somewhere in the Bible that we are to abide in Him as He abides in us, like a branch remains connected to the vine. Only then can His goodness flow into us and cause us to bear fruit, be our sufficiency, enable us to withstand the evil forces of this world.
    He does care for His children, each one of us ! God bless you this day.

  • Chris says:

    russ…isaiah 59 clearly shows us that it is Gods will to manifest his presence to us but that our sins have made a seperation between us and him so that he cannot. he sent his only beloved son jesus to die in our place so that we could be restored to his loving grace and mercy. all you need to do is receive jesus into your heart, asking forgiviness for your sins and you will begin to enjoy the presence of your heavenly father. for more information on doing just that log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or by clicking talk to a mentor above. my prayer for you is that you would open your heart to christ and his saving grace for thereby you will know the love and care of your heavnely father personally. blessings!

  • Ioannis says:

    First we need to ask who am I????to be able to ask, investigate, something hugely billion times, more than our capacity, My almost nothing existence, in comparison to the universe, planet earth and its solar system, even our galaxy, can disappear from our site if we are in such distance in the universe, So can you imagine you and me, we do not exist in comparison to these huge distances, the universe although looks messy, it is in full balance synchronization, and order, rotations, gravity, light speed.
    My suggestion first to discover who we are before be audacious and try to be bigger than our stupid head…..

  • Kate says:

    Loannis thank you for your input. Did you come up with answer to your question about who you are?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    I agree Loannis, that self-awareness is an important part of understanding things beyond ourselves, don’t you also think that an important step of knowing ourselves is know who has made us, and why? If an intelligence did indeed create us, then you can be sure that there was intent and purpose for us. Knowing our Creator and His purpose for us would be an integral part of knowing ourselves.

  • Kemson says:

    Very beautifil discussion here. Nothing i can prove here, just to say that my whole being can’t go further without seeking and acknowledging God’s providences in my life. I feel happy, complete and satisfy by accepting and follwing Christ.

  • Aldo says:

    Richard, as I have stated to you before, “If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.”

    Therefore, to try to prove to you that God does exist would be like “banging my head against a brick wall,” or wasting my time in a hopeless enterprise.

    On the other hand, if you truly desire to “see the test that shows faith has any demonstrable effect in the physical world.” as Jim van Ommen states you have said, then all you need do is read the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews.

    There should be enough physical proof there for anyone to believe.

  • Aldo says:

    Richard, as I have stated to you before, “If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away.”

    Therefore, to try to prove to you that God does exist would be like “banging my head against a brick wall,” or wasting my time in a hopeless enterprise.

    On the other hand, if you truly desire to “see the test that shows faith has any demonstrable effect in the physical world.” as Jim van Ommen states you have said, then all you need do is read the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews.

    There should be enough physical proof there for anyone to believe.

  • Felix Graner says:

    If god is omnipotent, can he make a rock that not even him can lift???

    If god created the world, whi created Jesus???

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Felix, thanks for your questions. It is important to explore all ideas to help us get a clearer understanding of who God is. One of the things that we learn about God from the Bible is that His character can be known through what He has made. That makes sense to me because it is true for humans as well: we can tell something about people through the things that they create like art, buildings, computer software, etc. When we look at the universe there is order and logical consistency; that is one of the reasons why scientific investigation works–if the universe was not ordered and logical we would not expect that what we observed today would be the same tomorrow. So if what God made is ordered and logical it makes sense that He too is ordered and logical. Your question about God making a rock that is too big for Him to lift is what philosophy describes as a logical absurdity and obviously to deny God’s omnipotence because He is unable to create a logical absurdity is too be unaware of His ordered and logical character.

    Your second question is an important one: we know that everything in Nature has a beginning–it was caused by something. Since that is the case we know that there must have been something or Someone outside of Nature (hence the term ‘supernatural’) must have been the uncaused cause. In other words there is no beginning to God; He is infinite. Any other option leads to another logical absurdity of an infinite regress of causes. So God as the ‘uncaused cause’ makes logical sense; and that is exactly how He describes Himself in the Bible. In Revelation 1:8 God states “I am the Alpha and Omega, who is, who was, and who is to come.” Of course “Alpha and Omega” are the first and last letter in the Greek alphabet, so they point to His nature being the beginning and the end. In a letter written by Jesus’ disciple Peter, he points out that God is timeless, “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2Peter 3:8) Throughout the Bible He is described as the ‘eternal God’.

    What conclusions have you come to about the character of God as you have studied the universe we live in and the many different worldviews that are out there that try to answer existential questions?

  • hkmt says:

    Very convincible answers can be found in that website
    http://www.proofsgod.com/

  • John says:

    After 20 years in the church, being youth pastor, music director and taking all the humiliation coming from the church, last night I declared out loud that I don’t believe in God. My heart was filled with fear, not sadness like the bible says but just fear. I come from and island with a horrible story the story of people that ware slurred in the name of God. Today I have lost hope in that God that I only fear because he tells me that if I don’t listen to him I will burn in hell for eternity, he also tells me that after all the effort I might not be chosen.
    Theologians tell me he has no feeling and yet he says that we were created in his image, why do I feel, why do I hurt…
    Deep down in my heart I know there is a God but not the one you I was talked about my whole life, man killed God, his love is dead his presence if not among us, John says that where the presence of God is there can’t be darkness and all I see is darkness, death, hypocrisy, lies, and self-beneficence. God bless all of us if he rely is there…

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi John, I am so sorry to hear that you have felt so humiliated and hurt by your church. I know that can happen (I have certainly experienced that myself) but that is not the way it is supposed to be. God has instituted the church to be a physical expression of His presence on Earth and yet humanity’s pride and sin often leaves the church looking very little like the character of God. So many people have been hurt by the prideful actions of people claiming the name of Jesus wrongfully.

    The interesting thing is that Jesus knew that would happen. He knew that there would be people in the church who were there to subvert and destroy the true purpose of the church. His parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (Matthew 13:36-43) He describes how people with evil intent infiltrate the church. Beyond that, I know in my own life I do not follow Jesus perfectly either and often I hurt other people through my own pride. I may not have evil intent but because I allow my sinful nature to guide my actions and attitudes, instead of following Jesus’ leading in my life, I end up hurting others, often the ones that I love the most.

    I am not sure which theologians you are referring to, but the Bible is full of descriptions of God expressing emotions. You are right, we are bearers of God’s image and our emotions are part of that. The difference between God and us though, is that He experiences and expresses His emotions perfectly. When Jesus wept over the way that the people of Israel have consistently rebelled, it was out of His love for them (Luke 13:34). When Jesus angrily cleared the Temple of those who were profaning God it was out of His perfect zeal for the Holiness of His Father (John 2:13-17). Paul wrote that our prideful sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) God repeatedly expresses His love and joy for the human race as He speaks through His prophets.

    I understand the conundrum you are facing right now as you try to guard yourself from the hurt you have felt from the people of the church. Let me encourage you to continue to call out to God. Just because His people do not live perfectly don’t dismiss His ability to love and guide you. Pour yourself into searching Him out. Spend time encountering Him in the pages of the Bible. Immerse yourself in honest prayer, baring your soul to Him, and listening for His response. Express your gratitude and praise of Him as you encounter the beauty of His perfection. And find ways to join Him in serving the needs of others, especially those who are in need. When you engage in those activities your heart will be prepared to encounter Him and you will hear His voice speaking to you.

    Let me pray for you: Lord Jesus I pray for my brother John. He needs Your loving, healing touch right now. Speak clearly into his life and let him know that You are near. Use the hurts that he has felt to be the source of his own love and compassion for others who are also hurting. Guide his steps and guard him from the forces that would try to pull him away from You. Bring godly men and women into his life who can help journey with him and point him to You. Amen.

    John, let me invite you to connect with a mentor who can help you look for the true God in your life. There is no cost and I know you will find someone who cares about you and will help you in your search. Just fill out the Mentor Request Form at http://powertochange.com/discover/talk-to-a-mentor/ and one of our mentors will be in touch with you soon by email. And feel free to ask questions or disagree with anything I have said here. I know I am learning as I go through this life as well and I am sure there are things that you have seen that I have missed entirely.

    May God bless you and be gracious towards you in His infinite compassion.

  • John says:

    Thank you Jamie, it help a lot to know that I am no alone.
    I turned my back on God and I see that he is not going to tune his back on me.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    You’re right John, He has shown over and over again that He does not turn His back on His people.

    You wrote something in your first post about how you will burn in Hell if you don’t listen to God and how after all your effort He may not chose you any way. That sounds different from what I have heard from God in the Bible. Can you explain how you have come to understand that God deals with us that way? Is that what you have read or been taught from the Bible?

    One of the great promises that I hold on to was written down by John, one of Jesus’ disciples. As part of his conclusion to his first letter he wrote, “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1John 5:13) He was referring to the things he had written down in his letter, part of which was “This is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” (1John 5:11-12) There is no question then of whether God has chosen you or not. It all has to do with your relationship with Jesus. If you have put your trust in Jesus who died to the pay your penalty for the sin in your life, and you put your trust in Jesus to lead and guide you through this life, you have God’s Son, and thus you have eternal life. So the question only has to be, “Are you trusting Jesus?”

  • John says:

    The Parable of the Banquet, Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
    The church I go to is based on Jean Calvin’s teachings of election, I have a hard time with that. Jesus is the only way to the father and he died for us to reconnect the relation. Now how is that going to work when we are face to face with him is it going to be like when I was on the school playground and we picked the best player and the crappy one well to bad?

    Mat 25:32 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: Am I a goat or a sheep? Then it goes on: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat and so on.
    I once told one of my pastors that we needed to look more into it and he told me that the church is not called to feed the poor, a good friend left the church cause he wanted to help people with drug addiction and the church did not want to support him.

    A good friend wanted to join the worship team when I consulted the pastor he’s answer was no, we have other plans for her she left the church. We have a 600 000$ building that is empty from Friday to Monday. Not long ago most of the people
    I was close to left the church saying that there is no love, from what I understand reading Matthew 5:23 God calls us to reconcile instead we send letter so people saying thank you for not coming back.
    If my brother come to my house and he tells me he don’t feel love I would say well you are always going to be welcome and please come back so we can figure it out.

    There is so much that I can go on for hours I feel like a hypocrite and is killing me, I never left a churn in bad terms and I am praying to God so that he gives me the courage to talk about this and not hurt the people I love.
    I don’t know what to do.

    Hope all this makes sense…

  • John says:

    I trust Jesus with all my heart, I just lost faith in men.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks for clarifying for me John, I appreciate your willingness to talk about this.

    I think it is important to look closely at the context of those parables in order to understand what Jesus is communicating to us. The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22 is a good example: Jesus is describing how a king, giving a wedding feast for his son, sent word to all those who had been invited that the time to come and celebrate the marriage of his son. However all those who had been invited ignored this call and refused their invitation. Looking at the situation in which Jesus was telling this parable we know that he was equating these invited guests to the religious elite of the Jewish nation. These were the ones who refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God or their need to depend on Him to free them from the pride in their heart.

    So then Jesus’ parable continues and the king now goes out to the rest of the country and looking for those who would come to the celebration. Here Jesus is describing how God is opening His invitation to all the world so that they can enjoy the blessing of eternal life with Him to all who come to put their trust in Jesus. For those of us who are not Jewish, this is a description of our invitation to relationship with God. You will notice that the message goes out to everyone no matter if they are good or bad. The invitation was not based on their worthiness but on the love of the king.

    I think the part of this parable that is troubling you is the final scene where the guests have all gathered at the feast but one who was there was not wearing proper wedding clothes. When the king saw this person he was surprised. The tradition was that the host would provide proper attire to those who would come to the feast, but this guest had obviously refused that gift and come on his own terms. While there may be some different interpretations, I think the best understanding of this part of Jesus’ parable is that when a person puts their trust in Jesus to pay the penalty for their sins, there is a transformation that happens within their life; no longer are they bound by the sinful nature but they are free to live out the righteousness of Jesus as He leads them moment by moment. Paul wrote about this transformation in his letter to the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) Now if there is someone who claims to be trusting in Jesus but their life does not reflect that heart transformation it is like they have come to the wedding feast but do not have refused to put on the proper wedding garments provided by the king. Obviously the person has not truly received the invitation because their life does not show the evidence.

    When Jesus concludes His parable with “For many are called but few are chosen” He is speaking about the all the people in the parable. There were many who are invited to put their trust in Jesus and be welcomed into relationship with God, in fact, as Jesus said, “God loved the world so much that He gave His one unique Son; whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God’s invitation has gone out to the whole world because He loves the whole world. However, just because everyone is invited does not mean that all will accept that invitation. Some people refuse to accept the invitation, and others try to receive the blessings of God on their own terms rather than as He has prescribed. Those who do not come to Jesus as He requires will be chosen to enjoy the blessing of a relationship with God. It is not because they aren’t good enough, but because they wanted the blessing without allowing Jesus to transform their heart.

    How does that fit with your interpretation of the parable?

  • John says:

    Thanks again Jamie,

    I agree with everything you say.
    At the moment I’m just praying constantly and asking God to give me wisdom to decide what is next for me and my family.
    I fear God and I don’t want to rebel against him or pass-out on the path that he wants me to take.
    One thing I am sure of is that I do want to follow Christ and I want to please him, for the moment I feel like I have been trying to please men and the demand that they put in place.
    Yes we need to be rational but I also think that we need to connect with God emotionally, I am a musician I literally don’t use my brain like other people and I just can’t fit in the mold that my local congregation have put in place.

    One of my fears right now is that I am stock and that I don’t feel like God is harvesting any fruits from my live Matthew 21:18-22.
    So I’m going to wake up and persevere and make decisions I do respect the leaders that God put in front of me but I don’t think the path that they are taking is the one for me.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    That is a prayer that you can confidently expect God to answer with a “Yes”. Jesus’ brother James wrote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) You can be sure that God does have a plan for you and will be generous in the way He communicates that plan to you. Your job is not to stress about getting out of line, but rather to just keep your attention focussed on listening for Him. Paul used a phrase in a number of his letters, “Keep in step with the Spirit” or “walk in the Spirit”. What he meant by that was for us to keep our focus on God in every moment of life, listening for His direction and then obediently following Him. I love the image of “walking” because it is a continual action: in order to walk we need to put one foot in front of the other. As soon as you stop doing that you are no longer walking. The same is true with “walking in the Spirit”: as soon as you stop listening and obediently following you are no longer walking in the Spirit. So in every activity, every relationship, every challenge, and every transition we acknowledge that God is leading us and intentionally listen/look for His leading and then follow.

    Just like walking, this does take practice. You watch a child learning to walk and you can see how focussed she is in getting her body in a balanced position. As she becomes more confident she doesn’t have to concentrate so hard until the ground becomes uneven and then her attention is again focussed. That is the same with “walking by the Spirit”; we need to be very intentional in the way we listen and follow so that we don’t miss His direction. Over time that becomes a more natural, unconscious act; that is, until we get into new challenges. However, Jesus’ promise is, “[The Good Shepherd] goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (John 10:4) Similar to the promise we have in James, you can be sure that as you intentionally listen for the leading of the Spirit in your life, you will recognize His voice.

    Let me join you in that prayer: Lord Jesus I pray for my brother John and ask that he would hear Your direction in regards to his church. Help him to know how You are leading him, to wait for Your direction in his life, and for him to have the courage to obey no matter how challenging Your path may be. Thank You that, just like You, we are emotional beings, and that You guide how we experience and express those emotions. Continue to fill John with the passion to express His relationship with You through poetry and song, and use that gift to give voice to others in their worship of You. I pray also for John’s church and her leaders: empower them to hear Your voice and follow Your leading as well. I am grateful for how we as Your Church reflect the vast diversity of Your nature, but sometimes we allow that to create division and conflict. I pray for this church that You would use the diverse passions and gifts to create something that brings honour and glory to You, and creates a beautiful whole that depends on every piece. Bless John and his family as they continue to seek Your guidance for them. Amen

  • John says:

    Amen!!!

    Thank you this has rely helped me, I will pray for what you are doing on this site.

    May God bless you Jamie and keep giving you that passion and wisdom to help others….

  • Dannie says:

    Thank you for this post. I really enjoyed reading through it. I try to follow gods wishes but so many people around me are atheists and think I am silly for my beliefs. Sometimes I feel I am losing my way, are Christian’s fading away? Why do so many not believe?

  • Sharon says:

    to Dannie good question as why many Christians leave the faith. it likes in the bible at the end of the world ,many Christians will lose their faith its near the end of this world GOD will soon come back this world. according to the Christians who have lost their faith this world is more important to them than their faith or they I think expect some thing different than the real belief in God. can I encourage you to keep the faith and keep believing in God HE IS THE ONLY WAY and you will know where you are going– I am praying for you– sharon

  • Dannie says:

    Thank you for your comment Sharon. I truely believe in god, I just can not understand why so many around me do not. I am still young and many think my faith is silly but I do not care. It’s so kind of you to pray for me and I appreciate it and will do the same for you :)

  • Carole says:

    I believe that most people believe at least somewhat in God but are finding it politically incorrect to say so. People ask how they can believe in what they can’t see. I ask “do you believe in the wind?” You can’t see that, you can only feel it. I feel God all around me. Last spring while working a prison ministry I quit breathing. Fortunately there was a nurse who kept me resuscitated and I spent 3 weeks in ICU then 3 more in rehab. God was all around me. I even felt Him take my hand and take me to a place to heal. I know God is real. He is my strength during the strongest storms. I don’t know why people are leaving church unless they are afraid of being ridiculed. Remember one of the names of God is Immanuel which means God with us. Be blessed!

  • Paul says:

    Answer me this why do bad things happen? How come god didn’t take away lucifer’s powers? If he is all knowing then wouldn’t he have known that Adam and eve would betray him? Why did he even make the tree of knowledge in the first place

  • Aldo says:

    Paul, God does not want a bunch of robots worshiping Him, so He gave all of us a free will to choose. He wants each one of us to choose Him, love Him, and live for Him. After all, He is the One Who fashioned each one of us in our mother’s womb.

    But for us to do that we must become humble enough to admit that we are sinners, that we are sorry for our sins, and that we accept and receive God’s sacrifice, His “only begotten son”, Jesus Christ, Who died on Calvary’s cross for my sins, your sins, and the sins of all mankind.

    Paul, in answer to your question, “Why do bad things happen?” the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:11, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” This passage is referring to what happened to the Hebrew people who God delivered out of Egypt, but who murmured and complained on their way to the “promised land.” God had worked many miracles in getting them free from the Egyptian bondage and while in the wilderness as well, but they did not trust Him to bring them into the promised land.

    Today, many of us do not trust God for our salvation thinking that we need to do something. But, when Jesus Christ hung on the cross of Calvary, one of His last words were, “It is finished,” meaning that He had finished the work of redemption which His Father had sent Him to do. If and when we accept that, and receive Him as our Savior, we come into a “relationship” with God the Father, and are “born again.”

    From then on, the Bible tells us that whatever happens to us is for our good if we truly love God. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

  • Jonh says:

    This article is awesome and I believe that it helps believers to have a strong faith. I don’t think it can help non believer it could only frustrate them, the message that it send is not a positive one is more like a brag.

    I believe that the most powerful tool that we have is our testimony, making sure that we live what we believe. We can argue a long time, what I find funny is the fact that non believer are always fitting against God, if you don’t believe don’t waist your time just live it alone….

    When God is ready and when you are ready you will have your moment with God and he will manifest his love and grace to you. Believer or non believer one thing is certain we need to love each other and show compassion for one another.

    My faith is strong and with my testimony one day you will open your heart and God will bless you and give you the best gift you can ever imagine.

    Good day to you all,

  • Sharon says:

    to Dannie my apologies for doing it now I was having trouble finding this web site again. thank you for your kind words and praying for me., in the bible in 1 timothy 4 11- 13 it says do not look down on your youth. I don’t think your faith is silly I am glad you don’t care keep looking to God HE IS YOUR ONLY HOPE I know I don’t understand either why many people don’t come to God I have a brother in the world. I don’t understand why but I know the world probably looks enticing to go after. I will keep praying for you– sharon

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