Why Do You Believe?
There isn’t one reason for this… some have had difficult personal situations that caused them to doubt first the goodness of God, then His very existence.
Some have seen and experienced so much of the corruption and hypocrisy of church leaders that they doubt whether a real, living, God who is supposedly so concerned about morality would allow such.
Some are going through both.
Others see the divisions in the church…denominational and political, and wonder how any can claim to be the one, true, church.
One wonders why people who all claim to have the Holy Spirit and the “mind of Christ” can split into thousands of sects…one wonders how those same folks can split over whether the President is a gift from God or the spawn of hell.
It’s easy for some to dismiss these folks as simply being people who were never believers, not among the elect…god haters using the trials of life to show their true colors.
I don’t buy that…as someone who wrestles with all of the above, I find all of it a challenge to faith.
I believe God hangs on to those who think they’ve let go…
My faith is based on experience and theology.
When I was a very young child I was aware of a sustaining, personal, presence in my life.
The best explanation for that person is Christ incarnate…God who became man and suffered as we suffer and died as we all must die…then rose again so we will too.
The older I get and the closer I get to home, the less doctrine I’m certain of.
Mystery and paradox no longer confound me, but bring comfort.
Jesus, I’m sure of.
Why do you believe?
What sustains your faith?