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I Believe in God

Believing biblically
posted by John

The foremost statement of the Apostles’ Creed starts off by drawing our attention to the first Person of the Trinity – God the Father. Although the creed eventually describes God the Son in more lengthy detail (than the other two), it begins right from the top, the beginning of everything, the genesis of Old Testament, and acknowledges the Almighty Creator God, our Father in heaven.

Why do you believe? I think there are two obvious groups of people who would react differently towards this question (and basically boils down to two different ways a person’s thoughts are processed), or maybe some would have a little of both. If you had watched the hit TV series Lost, you can almost immediately identify what I’m illustrating here with Jack Shephard and John Locke. One a man of science, the other a man of faith. One believes in simple pure logic, backed up with evidences of what could possible happen, how they could possibly get saved from being marooned on that island, and necessary feasible course of actions. The other puts his faith into the destiny that has befall the marooners, believing firmly that there must be a reason and purpose of them all on that island, and persistently seeks to experience it all. Ok, I’m not saying who got it right over here. :) But surely, some of us believe through what we observe, the visible evidences in our world that could only be accomplished by one of a higher power, a Creator, or a God for that matter. Likewise, there are also those who believe by pure faith and certainty that a God exists, in control of our world, in a infinitely-dimensioned form we cannot comprehend with our finite mind.

We had a lively discussion of the mysterious five-letter word called “faith” could possibly mean, and someone pointed out that faith as being “certain or putting hope on something you do not see”. So well, since we can’t see God, the only possible way out is to have…faith! To one extreme, fideism, or believing that God exists and accepting it without any further reasoning, is unhealthy in a way that we leave our mental facilities idle with sheer apathy. At the other end of the spectrum, one may try to understand every single mechanism of God while forgetting that “his ways are higher than our ways”. The famous evolutionist, atheist and writer of the “God Delusion”, Richard Dawkins once said while debating on religion that,

“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

With a generous scoop of causality, he attributed the lack of evidence as the reason why people have faith on something. It is gravely absurd to say that “I cannot find anything worth confirming these facts, and therefore, why not I just believe in it?”

Instead, what does Rev. Fritz say about biblical faith? Faith in God comprises knowledge of God as revealed in the Scriptures. We find our basis of believe through the infallible and inerrant Word of God, as we have received this day. Faith in God also comprises acknowledgment of God. Knowing isn’t enough, we must attest that He is God. And practically, faith in God also comprises dependence upon God. The marks of faith should be apparent in our lives, not just intellectual head-knowledge faith.

The writer of Hebrews draws plenty of examples from the Old Testament, while assuring us that faith from a biblical standpoint, is pleasing to God eventhough it may not necessarily be what we have expected all along. Some portions of Hebrews 11,

1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for…
13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance…
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Personal Faith and Individual Conviction
posted by Mei Sin

It’s a powerful statement. By saying “I believe in God”, I am implying that…. – I am the workmanship of God and not evolved – I am a sinner and needs divine forgiveness – I am subjected to a higher authority – I am nothing but a sinner – I need divine help – I know I have a purpose in life – I know in the end, good will triumph over evil – I can rely on God to take care of me – I know I can depend on Him to go through the “valley of shadow and death” in life.-

I didn’t follow the bible study, only relying on fellow members’ reflection and thoughts written in their blogs as a source of additional information. In a way, it gives a glimpse of what was discussed and what were the key issues brought up during the bible study. What I’m sharing here might not be the continuation or nor the extensions to the discussion. It may be something entirely new. An opinion from different angle perhaps.

To me, this is a proclamation of one’s faith and conviction. Noticed that the statement starts with “I”. It’s direct and straight forward, Without any pre-conditions or pre-requisites.
It didn’t say, “All my ancestors believe, therefore I too believe in God.”
It didn’t say, “I am born into this race, therefore I believe in God.”

One pastor said that he prefers to describe Christianity as a relationship instead of a religion. It’s a personal relationship with God. Nobody can be the mediator between you and God, except Jesus Christ. Our testimonies will be able to illustrate how each one of us come to such a level of confidence to proclaim “I believe in God”. It’s amazing to find out how different our stories can be. I believe as we journey through life, seeking God earnestly, it will bring us to a deeper conviction and a bolder proclamation that “I believe in God”.

At the end of the spectrum, you have atheists who firmly deny the existence of God. It’s very interesting how these people come to such conclusions. I think human beings naturally would want to believe in a supreme being. Human nature is such that it drives us to fill the empty void in our spirit. We long for some kind of transcendence, a connection with a greater force. A study of an atheist past might suggest that all this was triggered by hurt, betrayal, heartaches, disappointment, devastating loss and etc.

I find it funny that how some “man of science” deny the existence of God based on Scientific research and findings. For me, science is just a tool to study how God’s creation works. Science tells us that the basic building block of things are carbon, and the basic unit of am atom is a nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons. It just merely say how things are put together, but still doesn’t answer questions like “who made those carbon?”, “who decides how many percentage of carbon should fit together to form a stone, a diamond, a charcoal?” , “who creates the magnetic field to cause electrons to float around the neutron?”

Science strengthens my faith that there is an intelligent and supreme Designer out there. Science make me realize that everything in this universe is so beautifully made, every single detail from the orbiting planets to the microscopic organism, they all well planned out and fits perfectly together . Just as it is said, “a watch proves a watch maker”.

Sometimes we can be the doubting Thomas. It is ok to doubt, to ask questions and to struggle with our faith.
Maybe all we need to do is just take the leap of faith, tell God that “I believe, help my unbelief”.

“In those times I can’t seem to find God, I rest in the assurance He knows how to find me.” – Neva Coyle

Just believe in God…..

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to be posted on 22 September 2020, 09:32

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