“DOES GOD EXIST?”
‘Contributed by SM
If you are asked to prove that God exists how do you go about it? Let me put it another way. How do you prove love or pain or hate? You may not be able to prove that any of these three exist (whatever that really means) but when they are present you know it. In short, the feeling you feel is private to you – so some experiences I can’t feel or know cause you to say what you say about such happenings. In other words, the experience is valid for you – no one else can feel or know them.
And so with your experience of God. Many Christians assert, and continue to assert, that God works in their lives. Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find”. But where ? Where and how do you start? I can only point to that essential stillness wherein you experience the quietness within. And remember Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is within you”. He meant that is where God operates. So try it and talk to God.
Now even Science starts with an act of faith. A chemistry student is told, “This is an acid – it will do so and so”. And he tries and proves it. But the word “try” means something else as well as “having a go”. It also means “tests” in the sense of “test this for truth” or again, “test this for…” and so on. “Faith”, said Jesus, “can move mountains” and I know from real Life that improbable occurrences do happen – I really know it. So try it. It won’t be always but they’ll happen at the discretion of God.
So, too, does Christianity start with a statement. Jesus said He was the real way to the Infinite Spirit which is God. He said He was the Truth when the question was asked, “What is Life all about?”, and He also said the life He offered was the real life that man was meant to have.
Well how do you go about “testing” it? Read Revelations Ch.3 verse 20, as the first step in an act of faith and see what happens when you do what it says. It reads, “Behold I (that is, Jesus) stand at the door (i.e. the door to your inner self) and knock: if any man (or woman) hear my voice and open the door (that is, asks me to come in to him/her) I will come in to him (or her) and sup with him (or her) and he (or she will sup) with me.”
Man was made for fellowship with God and chooses either God or fills that private area within with whatever else. There is no half way house. Jesus re-establishes the link for those who want to – not to prove God – but for you to know and live in harmony with Him.
Discuss this further with your minster or priest if it interests or intrigues you. (JSDM)