Is God real?
Atheism is one of the greatest deceptions of our age. Whilst acknowledging that many atheists sincerely hold to this belief (and it is a belief) and have weighed up the various arguments, the good news of Jesus assumes the existence of God. Many people in secular Britain lazily assume atheism as their default setting. It requires little effort to maintain and allows people to selfishly live as they please.
There are many clever philosophical arguments for the existence of God. Aquinas' Cosmological Argument, for example. Things don't cause themselves- even universes. Something outside of the universe had to set it all in motion. This uncaused causer we call God. Or, there’s William Paley’s Teleological or Design Argument. The universe displays evidence of design and planning, shown in its regularity, purpose and beauty. These arguments however, don’t really work. They convince believers they’re right, but seldom an unbeliever he’s wrong.
In fact, ‘finding’ God is not something a clever mind can ever do, because it is warped and clouded by sin. Rather, it is God who reveals Himself to us:
Jeremiah 29:13 says And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
The fact that you’re reading this now could be evidence of God drawing you to Himself.
Hebrews 11 states:
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1) Acknowledge God is there. Has an atheist truly searched every last corner of the universe and found nothing?
2) When you acknowledge Him, you must come to Him. Don’t just passively accept there’s a divine power or god- seek Him, find Him, meet Him.
3) Expect something from Him. He’s not the vague faceless being of the Greek philosophers, He’s a person. He loves, He delights, He grieves, He forgives.
John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (NKJV)