“I just knew he had my back.”

Not too long ago I was talking with a friend who is a firm believer in science and the scientific method. He is also an atheist.

“You say there is a God” he said. “Prove it.”

“I see it every day, in all sorts of things. In the things of nature, in the way He provides for me and my family.”

“That’s not proof!”

“No, it isn’t in the way you seek proof. It’s faith.”

“Bah. Give me proof. I don’t believe in faith.””

From prior conversations I knew that as a teen, my friend had served in Viet Nam. During his first days in country he’d been in an intense firefight. He’d told me that he knew he would survive because his “buddies had his back.” I brought that up:

“How did you know that they’d be there, have you back? Did you have proof?”

“No. I knew these guys. They’d been through this before. They were my friends. I just knew!”

I just smiled and said “In other words, you had faith. Just like I have faith in my Friend.”

Our conversation was quickly changed to other things. I didn’t change his mind, but I know I got him to thinking. One step at a time.

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word


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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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5 Responses to “I just knew he had my back.”

  1. granbee says:

    Great conversation, Art! Wonderful analogy between his soldier buddies “having his back” and God “having our back.”!

  2. God says in Romans 1:19 that the knowledge of God is IN them and in Romans 1:20 that His creation is evidence of Him, so that people are without excuse if they do not believe. However, there is no way we can PROVE the existence of God in a scientific way. (Neither, of course, is there a scientific way to prove much of life’s experience.)

    However, we who have experienced the REALITY of the presence of God and living with Him in our lives, should ‘show forth His praises’ in such a way that people are caused to take notice. People saw the dramatic change in my life when I became a Christian. People still ask why I am so happy, so forgiving, so . . . and I love to tell them it is NOT ME but Christ who lives in me.

    I cannot PROVE His existence but I can and should let my life show it. May we all reflect His life so that HE can draw all people to Himself.

    We serve an amazing God!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    As His children have the best Protector for our back Who is our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    Praise Him all His children – God is love and good.

  4. writinggomer says:

    Excellent answer you gave there! One could not help but think about that. 🙂

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