The Choice to Believe

“But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 NLT)

At some point in our lives, we decide what we’ll believe. We, as human beings, are wired to be guided by some set of beliefs. Some of those beliefs include God, some do not. Some that do include God or a god, may or may not make a difference in the way a person lives, but they’re there to fall back on, in case of emergency. The bottom line is – we’re all believers in something. We all have faith in something.

Personally, I like simple and straightforward. Convoluted confuses me. There are essentially two avenues of belief: Theism, which includes God, a god, or gods. And Atheism, which is “against” or “without” God or a god. We can choose to follow some path we believe will lead us to the true and living God of the Bible; we can choose to follow a god to which we can subscribe through another religious belief system; or we can choose some god of our own making, created in our own image.

Over the years I’ve had conversations with people who have chosen to believe that there is no god, that God doesn’t exist, and they have no need of religion or systems of belief that include some form of a god. I believe they’re wrong and one day will regret their choice, but I wholly respect their right to hold their opinion. Both Theistic and Atheistic systems of belief require faith.

Used by permission, © Ray Majoran, GlimpseOfInfinity.com

The Atheist claims Theists can’t give “proof” of God’s existence. I contend that Atheists have a much more difficult task proving there isn’t a God than Theists have proving there is. Some Theists believe that God’s fingerprints are everywhere we look. The Bible says in Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.”“”

Nature speaks “loudly,” but the greatest “evidence” to me that God is alive and real, is when I see Him active and alive in another person, bearing the fruit of God’s presence in and through their lives. They may exist (I can’t “prove” they don’t 😊), but I’ve never met an atheist that didn’t have a chip on their shoulder, pressing me to “prove” my position as a Jesus follower. To me, it requires a whole lot more faith to be an atheist than to believe in Jesus.

When it comes to the Christian Faith, the theme and central character is Jesus. He’s the thread that holds it all together. Notice in the verse at the beginning of this post: “But to all who believed Him“…and accepted Him,” “…He gave the right to become children of God.” Christianity isn’t simply a system of beliefs about God, it’s a pattern of life and living based on the Person of Jesus, who was and is, God! God poured Himself into human flesh, lived a perfect life, which then qualified Him to become the perfect sacrifice for sin, our Savior.

But it’s not simply giving intellectual assent or agreeing with certain beliefs. It’s not even affirming that He lived, died, and rose again. It’s about taking Him at His word and trusting He “is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NLT)

To believe Jesus, requires an act of the will. It’s to make the choice to place our trust in, not only what He said and taught, but in who He is – God in human form. To accept Jesus means “to receive that which when taken is not let go, to seize, to lay hold of, apprehend.” (Strong’s) That’s when we become a child of God. That’s when life becomes of value, not simply to us, but to those whose lives the Lord can now touch and draw to Himself, through us.

Blessings, Ed 😊

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