I received some great questions recently from a very nice reader who does not share my faith. As I was typing up my reply to him, I thought perhaps others might be interested in reading the answers as well. So, rather than writing a small article in the comment section, I decided to share my answers here.
Lurker of several months here. Your family is lovely. :) I’ve got some genuine questions as a non-Christian. Things I’ve always wondered about Christians, but have never gotten the chance to ask. I’d really appreciate if you’d answer them (and yes, I’ve read your testimony. It’s really sweet, but it didn’t answer my questions). I mean no disrespect:
1) Why do you believe in God?
2) Can you describe how you believe God looks? Why do you believe He looks that way?
3) What do you believe God is capable of?
Thank you so much for your kind words about my family. I do feel very blessed! Your questions are good ones and I appreciate the genuine tone in which you ask them. It is hard to give justice to such profound questions through a blog dialogue; a good talk over coffee would be so much better! But I will do my best to answer without writing a small book.
1) There are many reasons I believe in God, and entire books have been written on the subject (The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel is an excellent one!) I’m assuming you are asking why I believe in “a” God, and not specifically about why I believe in the God of the Bible? I do have some answers to both of those questions, but I will start with the first one.
In a nutshell, I believe in a God – a Creator – because of all I see in creation. In the same way that when I look at a building, I know that there had to be a builder – an architect, a bricklayer, a designer. I know that the bricks didn’t randomly fall on top of one another into a pattern that has order, creativity and design. The bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God,” and I can see it! All of creation points me toward a very creative and good creator. The sun, the trees, animals, the air I breathe, so much! But most of all, I see a Creator when I look at people, especially as I see my own children. The Bible says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” and I see that so clearly and amazingly when I hold a brand new baby for the first time, as I witness the wonderful ways that they grow, as their unique personalities and gifts develop. In my daughter’s response to you, she talked about the conscience, and I see that as a compelling evidence of a good creator who imprinted a sense of right and wrong within the people that he made. By no means is this a complete answer, but I hope it is a good start. :)
But perhaps you meant more specifically – why do I believe in the God of the Bible? I believe that a good God would want us to know him personally. It just makes sense… He created us and there is a great deal of love that would need to go into that! As a mother, I very much want my children to know me and to experience a loving relationship with me. It makes sense that my Creator would want those same things for his creations. I believe that he revealed Himself through the Bible. The Bible has proven itself to me over and over, provides answers to – just about everything! – To who God is, to where we came from, to why we exist, to why the world is messed up, to what God did to rescue us, to what the future holds. Again – that’s just for starters. :)
2) What do I believe God looks like and why? The bible tells us that God is a spirit, and also tells us that he is so glorious (overwhelming) that we can not see him and live. So – I believe that I can not even fathom what he looks like. I believe that when I get to finally see him in Heaven, I will be overwhelmed and fall to my knees by how amazing it will be. This bible passage (starting at verse 17) gives some insight into what happened when one man saw just a small glimpse of God’s glory.
3) What do I believe God is capable of? That is a great question, and I can not answer in a short paragraph. I can only give some examples of what I believe he is capable of. I believe he can raise the dead to life. I believe he can forgive my sins and wash away every bad thing I’ve ever done. I believe he can (already has) given his own son to pay the price for my sins. I believe he is capable of loving us beyond all measure. I believe nothing is impossible with Him.
I do apologize that my answers are far from complete. That’s the nature of comment sections of blogs versus whole books. But you asked about me, personally, and perhaps this gives you something to ponder. To read some far better theological explanations, I can direct you to some great resources, though! A good website that contains answers to lots of questions is GotQuestions.org. A few recommended books… you can probably find many of these at your library: As mentioned, Lee Strobel wrote The Case for a Creator, but he also has some other good books: The Case for Christ, and The Case for Faith. Other great books are Know What You Believe and Know Why You Believe by Paul Little. For evidence of God from a scientific view, Answers in Genesis has a lot of great resources. The Answers Book is helpful. Of course, the Bible itself is the best resource in learning what Christians believe! The Gospel of John is a great starting place.
I do hope you find the answers you are looking for! If you have other questions for me personally, I would be glad to discuss more!