I didn’t believe in God for the first 22 years of my life, but I have known loved and served the living Creator God, my loving heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, for the last 54 years. In that time He has been my Companion, Counsellor and Guide; my Strength and Enabler; my Challenger and Encourager; my Teacher and Friend – and so much more.
WHY do I believe in God?
Well, why do I believe in my husband to whom I have been happily married for 52 years? Because I have 52 years of EXPERIENCING his presence, his love and provision for me and our family.
My GOD is JUST AS REAL to me as is my husband, my sons, or any living person. I EXPERIENCE the REALITY of God in my life.
WHY do I believe the Bible?
For much the same reason – the REALITY of the EXPERIENCE of its truths. I know that won’t satisfy the sceptics, so here are a few other reasons.
The Bible records many hundreds of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and many other people, kings, nations, towns, events, buildings. EVERY prophecy, although WRITTEN MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFORE the event, came true in EVERY tiny detail. I repeat: EVERY prophecy, in EVERY detail. Only the living GOD could give men the prophecies to speak and record years before the events.
Many events recorded in the Bible have been disputed and ridiculed by men over the centuries. A great number of these have been proven to be correct when archaeologists unearthed remains EXACTLY as recorded in the Bible.
There are hundreds of such occurrences but I’ll mention ONE of them.
HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, recorded in the Bible about 700BC was doubted and ridiculed by “experts” who said it would have been impossible.
Of course, when it was found in 1838 they had no defence. Then, in 1880 an inscription was found in the tunnel, describing its building just as recorded in the Bible centuries earlier.
Today, tourists walk through that “impossible” tunnel.
The Bible is NOT a book of science, but where it touches on scientific things, it is accurate. Once again we find that things comparatively recently discovered by scientists were recorded hundreds of years earlier in the Bible. These include facts about thunder, lightning, stars, the wind, the tides, ocean currents, snow, fingerprints, blood, animals, birds – and the list goes on.
Moving to the New Testament. There is much documental proof still in existence today of the birth, life, death and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ – and this is NOT only from Christian sources. In fact, much is from letters between Roman authorities who certainly were NOT sympathetic to the Christian cause. There are over 40,000 pieces of literature to support details of Jesus Christ – and only 9 to support the fact that Julius Caesar lived, and there is even less to support that of Napoleon Bonaparte, yet no one doubts their existence.
To an honest person these things are proof that at least SOME of the Bible is accurate and true, and could only have been written under the inspiration of God Himself. Does it not follow that if some of the Bible was written as God inspired people to write, He would not allow false writings in the same volumes?
To those of us who KNOW GOD – who know and experience the REALITY of His living presence and who have proven the promises in the Word of God to be true, and have experienced the life of victory in Him, none of this proof is necessary. We know HIM – but to one who does not WANT to believe, NOTHING will satisfy.
Many O Lord my God
are Your wonderful works which You have done,
and Your thoughts which are toward us.
They cannot be reckoned in order to You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered.