why do we need to believe in god
This is THE really BIG life choice question! This most important choice is one of such extreme and eternal consequence that it needs attention in a rather quick and fast degree! Each of us has no guarantee of taking breath even tomorrow! Our time is limited and only God knows what is on our calendar! Believing in God, through His Son, Jesus Christ and asking Him to forgive you of all your sins and then be cleansed of all unrighteousness is in need of your immediate attention! (1 John 1:9)
You ask 'Why"? Well, I ask you to think on this. Do you want to be in Heaven after you die? Or, is it just ok to think or make your decision otherwise and REJECT His calling to become a "saved by the Grace of God", by the eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His one and only begotten Son, whom He sent to die for YOUR sins --and-- mine? (Ephesians 2:8) Jesus paid the ULTIMATE price for His SACRIFICE! He gave His very life at that cross to take away, to remove my sins and your sins "as far as the east is from the west"! (Psalms 103:12) His eternal gift at Calvary was and is The Single Greatest act of love and The Single Greatest gift to all of mankind--His Children! And, HIS guarantee! (2 Corinthians 1:22) (2 Corinthians 5:5) (Ephesians 1:13-14)
I ask you to find a place to pray in private.
Get on your knees and bow your head and just start talking to God. Ask Him what are His plans for you and your life. , but, first ask him to speak to you inside your heart and mind. He is willing and able, but we each have to respond to His calling. I think he has patiently been calling you and 'nudging' you; I. e. , your very question you've asked here on ebible. com. Give him time to speak to your very thoughts, mind and heart. Patiently "be still and know that He is GOD"! And, that HE hears your request and that HE (God) loves you more than you will ever know. (Psalms 46:10)
A children's Sunday school song came into my mind at this very moment! It goes like this: "God loves the little children; all the children of the world! Red and yellow, black or white, they are precious in His sight! God loves the little children of the world.! " (We are ALL GOD'S PRECIOUS CHILDREN. And, So very much are YOU as well! )
Ask HIM to save you! "And, all will be well with your soul". Calling out the name of Jesus Christ and asking Him to save you and that you believe in Him and trust in Him and want Him to forgive you of all your many sins is THE single most important request you will ever make in your entire lifetime. Your very salvation is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT event; and, 'Pivotal' moment of your life and any and every child of God's life! (Romans 10:13)
I remember vividly and very strongly that pivotal moment which happened for me on a Friday night back in 1979.
May you have your "pivotal, eternity changing moment soon. very soon". As I like to close with my saying: "Praise God that He provided a Savior! And, His name is Jesus Christ! "
With all due respect, we'd like to suggest that your comments reflect a common misunderstanding. It's all well and good to talk about "facts" and "reality. " But you're forgetting that there are different kinds of facts and different ways of apprehending truth. Stated simply, you're confusing science with history. We all know and believe many things about ourselves, our world, and the people around us. Many of these things can't be "demonstrated by logical, controlled, and repeatable methods. " You can know, for instance, that your mother loves you, that a particular Beethoven symphony lifts your spirits, or that your dad's second cousin spent a good portion of his childhood in Peoria. But you may not be able to "prove" any of this objectively. That's just the way life is. You should realize this if you're a "hard-headed realist. " The kind of "proof" you're talking about belongs almost exclusively to the realm of hard science.
We call it empirical proof. It's the kind of proof that depends upon verifiable and repeatable experiment. By way of contrast, the evidence for historical events such as the life of Jesus Christ is forensic in nature. It's the same kind of evidence that lawyers use to build a case in a court of law. Even the "softer" sciences, such as psychology and sociology, are heavily dependent upon evidence of this nature. You need to keep these two different kinds of "proof" separate in your mind if you want to think clearly and carefully about the world in which we live. You're right. We can't prove empirically that Christ lived, died, and rose again. But then we can't prove empirically that George Washington was the first President of the United States either. In other words, we can't devise a repeatable experiment capable of demonstrating these facts in a controlled laboratory environment. But that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of forensic and historical evidence to support them. Far from it. Whether you realize it or not, Christianity wasn't simply "made up. " It wasn't "invented" by a lot of emotionally motivated sentimentalists, dreamers, and romantics. All the relevant evidence indicates that it burst upon the scene of human history entirely of its own accord.
You understand, of course, that we're talking here about forensic, historical evidence. The Christian faith arose almost overnight in direct response to a remarkable series of actual events. A man appeared on the scene who claimed to be God. This man spoke and acted in such a way as to validate His claims. Eventually, he paid for His bold words by dying a gruesome death on a Roman cross. Finally, he "proved" Himself by rising from the dead on the third day. We'd like to suggest that you examine the Christian faith in terms of the factual verifiability of these events. Don't think of it as an emotion-based "religion" to be evaluated on purely "religious" or philosophical grounds. Instead, read the Gospels as you would read any other historical book. If you're interested in looking into the evidence for the historicity of the New Testament documents, we'd suggest that you check out a book entitled The Case for Christ. This volume is available through the ministry of Focus on the Family and can be ordered via our. If you think it might be helpful to discuss this topic at greater length with a member of our team,. Our staff of pastoral counselors would love to speak with you over the phone. Resources Referrals Articles
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