Have you ever asked yourself this question? If you were to start believing in God, what are the requirements that should be met to leave you dumbfounded, white flag up and saying: “Ok God, you win! I believe you exist!”
1- Should God appear in person to you?
What if I told you that God promises to reveal himself if you are intentional about finding him? It’s not about overcoming a few unanswered prayers but it’s about being thirsty for truth. Are you thirsty for truth or you think you know it? Truth is a person (John 14:6), seek him and you will find him.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, ESV)
2- Should God answer every one of your prayers?
What if your prayers were way out of line with the will of God? What if you were praying for something not good for you? Would you expect God to answer your prayer?
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:3, ESV)
What if you were praying for something that needed time? What if you were praying for people that required a change of heart, a process that takes time? Were you persevering enough to keep praying until you saw God’s hand moving or you just gave up too soon and resigned that there is no God?
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. (Luke 18:7-8a, ESV)
3- Should God come down and live with man?
Well, he did. He came more than 2000 years ago in the form of a man named Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a woman called Mary and fathered by a carpenter called Joseph, a descendant of King David, from a town called Nazareth. But I guess you don’t believe that, even though it’s documented in history, the same history that tells you about Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and all other characters whose existence you don’t have a problem believing.
Jesus is the only man in history to have proclaimed that he was God (John 5:18, John 8:58, John 10:33), and it is for this very reason that the Pharisees wanted to kill him. They accused him of blasphemy.
Jesus did signs and wonders no one else had ever done before, was crucified and rose from the dead, all of which were witnessed not by one, not by two, but by hundreds and thousands of people.
By law, every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (Deuteronomy 19:15, John 8:17). A matter was from old established by eye witnesses. Funnily enough, this system is still used up to this day in court and is a determining factor on the veracity of a matter. This is why people are charged to take a solemn oath before going into court that they will say the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And bearing false witness was considered a sin (Exodus 20:16, Matthew 15:19). This serves to show how important one’s testimony is.
So when you have thousands and millions of people from the days of Jesus until this very day, testifying that Jesus is alive, has changed their lives and is still doing great signs and wonders among them, what is your excuse not to believe that what they’re saying is the truth?
4- Should God end poverty, suffering and evil?
If only I had a penny for every time I heard this claim: “If God exists then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?”
Well, I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about this, but last time I checked, it was people who were responsible for all the suffering in the world, not God. People have free will and with free will comes the free will to choose evil over good. With their false use of free will, people have come to do the most atrocious things this planet has ever witnessed. But in every single one of them instances, it was never God holding the steering wheel, it was man. Even when there were horrible things committed in the name of God, God wasn’t behind them. If religious people got the message wrong or better yet, got the wrong message, it should never lead us to the conclusion that God doesn’t exist.
Jesus came to clear out all misunderstandings and misconceptions people had about God and show the exact representation of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3).
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:26-27, ESV)
If anything, genuine Christians are still trying to erase the image that was passed down unto people from The Dark Ages, a period in time that has forever stigmatized true followers of Christ.
5- Should God have only one Holy Book?
Truth needs to be told like it is, with no compromise.
Despite the existence of several books that masquerade themselves as Holy Books or in other terms, the very words of God, there is none other than the Holy Bible that holds true to its claim.
Now before the little protestor in you starts jumping up and down in rage over how I could make such an empirical claim, allow me to explain myself.
The Bible is in fact a collection of 66 books written in a time span of 1500 years by approximately 40 different writers. However, despite this enormous time range and the fact that most of the writers didn’t live in the same period of time (so they couldn’t have known each other), all of these 66 books point out to Jesus with such harmony and unity of thought that you would have to think that it was in fact the same author who wrote them all. The Bible is breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), which means that its writers were under divine inspiration when they were writing.
The testimony of two or three is valid, so what about the testimony of 40 people?
Unlike other “Holy Books”, the Bible is the only one that isn’t just mere words, but is actually a person named Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-2, 14), which is why the Bible is the living Word of God. It’s changing people from all around the world.
6- Should God prove that He’s supernatural?
Newsflash, He is doing that! People from all around the world are being cured of various diseases at a point where science stands with no answers.
But you’re calling it Placebo Effect!
I’ve personally seen one man being healed of a Football injury in his knee that had prevented him from running for the past 7 years. I put my hand on his knee and told him he was healed. Some time later he came back out of breath, telling me he had just finished running around the block!
The blind are seeing, the deaf are hearing, the demonized are being set free, people are being healed from cancer, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, raised from the dead and you still call it Placebo Effect!
Well looks to me like the ball is on your court here. Faced with all these refuted excuses that people put for not believing in God, I think it’s up to you now.
But what I really think is that the question is not whether God exists or not. It is rather, if God existed, would you want to leave your old ways and follow him?