Finding faith in God is one of the strongest desires for many people. They want to believe in God, but don't want their belief to be based on blind faith. If God is real, they sometimes wonder, why is it difficult to have faith in God? This article is written to help you find greater faith - to help you increase your faith in God.
The book of Hebrews says that "without faith it is impossible to please [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).
This strikes many people as a Catch-22, however. Many wonder how they believe in God if He doesn't reveal Himself to them? And, if they don't believe in God or if they are tormented by doubts, He apparently will not hear them or respond to them. How can we solve this dilemma?
Faith Is Trust
When you go to the bank to deposit or cash a check that someone has written you, you are taking a step of faith. You may not think of it that way, but it's true. Chances are that you have no guarantee there are funds to back up that check, and yet you are presenting it to your bank on faith that you will get money from that check.
An even better example...do you like to skydive? If so, you understand faith. You put on the parachute and jump out of the airplane. Even though you probably packed that parachute and even though it was likely double- and triple-checked, you still have no guarantee that the parachute will open. You are making a decision to TRUST that the chute will open - a decision backed up by your jumping out of the airplane!
The real question, when it comes to faith in God, is this...Do you have enough information or evidence to justify a decision to TRUST that God is real and to then commit yourself to a relationship with God?
God: The Ultimate Cause of the Universe
The overwhelming view of modern science is that the universe began to exist (most scientists estimating that origin to be roughly 14-15 billion years ago). Given the fact that the universe began to exist, it must have had a “cause” that originated it.
Skeptics and atheists counter that the universe may, in fact, be a multiverse and/or that the universe may be on some space-time circular pattern. You can dress these explanations up with all the fancy scientific and philosophical language that you wish, but the bottom line is that these arguments all claim an eternal universe.
Picture a freight train. If you come to a railroad crossing and you see a long train passing in front of you - but didn't see the locomotive pulling the train, you nevertheless can know with certainty that there is a locomotive pulling the train - or at least something tangible pulling the train. Saying that there is no locomotive, but rather there are a billion train cars doesn't solve your dilemma. Something still has to be pulling the train, no matter how big you speculate the train to be!
What's more, you can theorize all you want about multiverses and other dimensions, saying something to the effect of "Maybe there's a parallel universe that started this train in motion." But....it's FAR MORE LOGICAL to simply accept that there is a locomotive pulling the train you're watching.
The cause of the universe would be its ultimate cause. Only an independent, infinite, uncaused, eternal, and omnipresent cause is sufficient to account for the universe. Therefore, such a being must exist. If it does not, then the universe doesn't exist. Since the universe does exist, it can therefore be safely concluded that an independent, infinite, uncaused, eternal, and omnipresent cause also exists.
Bottom Line: Belief in God Makes the Most Sense
There are other reason to believe in God, but the First Cause argument is the best. It simply makes more sense to believe in God than to reject God. Your faith need not be blind. Believing that God is (as the Bible says) the "Alpha and the Omega" is not a leap in the dark, but a logical conclusion based on the evidence we have.
Sources for this article include:
No Doubt About it: The Case for Christianity by Winfried Corduan
Who Made God? And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith by Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler (editors)
The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel