I’ve been a Christian all my life. Or have I? I mean, I’ve attended church from the time I was young, growing up Catholic and going to Sunday school. When I got married I took my family to church because that’s what I thought was the right thing to do. I always knew about God and Jesus Christ and the price that he paid for us on the cross. I’ve been to Catholic churches, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Assemblies of God churches. It wasn’t until I started attending Assemblies of God churches that I actually was encouraged to read the Bible.
I started multiple times to read the Bible and follow the reading plan that was in the back pages, only to stop a week later. It became a chore, and I felt guilty when I couldn’t finish. Much of what I read I didn’t grasp or understand. So I just kept going to church and relying on the pastor to explain the Bible and teach through his sermons.
As I’ve sat in church on Sunday mornings for the last few years, participated in mens groups and even attended a mens retreat, I couldn’t help but feel something was missing. I wasn’t feeling any closer to God and despite what I learned in the mens groups, I still was not being all I was called to be. I also noticed many of the people in church were being Christians on Sunday and went back to being like the world on Monday. They were nice people, but it seemed everything was confined within the four walls of the church and the church body.
One day last week a video in my YouTube feed popped up by Francis Chan. I knew of him as a pastor with a large church and is well liked by the younger generations. I also read that he left his mega church behind, so I decided to watch it.
The video was on his thoughts about homosexuality, so being such a hot topic these days I was curious on his views. What affected me most was not what he said about homosexuality, but the bottom line truth that is for all of us. That it all basically comes down to one question, “Do you believe in a creator and that you are a created being?” If you do, then God has every right and all authority to ask of you anything He wishes and expect your obedience. It doesn’t matter if we agree with or like it, we are to be obedient and do it out of love, respect and reverence for Him. Our feelings have no place in the decision-making process.
How basic! How true! If we do not even believe that there is a creator and that we are His creation, then the rest of the Bible doesn’t matter. If we do believe in Him however, then that changes everything. I believe many people do not want to believe in God because they simply do not like the fact that God and the Bible lay out rules and expects obedience. They want to live however they like, doing what they want and have no consequences for any of their actions. They want to do what makes THEM happy and what feels right, rather than what God wants and what honors Him.
God gave us free will, the option to choose the good path that He set out for us in His word or our own path based on our own feelings, wants and wisdom. Right off the bat, Adam and Eve choose their own way and brought suffering and death into the world. We are sinful and rebellious creatures and nothing has changed, we still face that same choice. But before we get to any of that, we must decide if we believe a Creator exists, and take it from there.
I myself believe in a Creator. I know Him as God, my Heavenly Father and that He created the universe and all that is in it. This also means that I believe that I am His creation and that He created me in His image. By believing this in my heart, mind and soul, I also recognize that there is a relationship there between the Creator and His creation. God has every right and all authority to demand of me anything He wishes, because He created me with a purpose and a plan in mind for my existence. As God’s creation, I have the obligation to follow what He says and do as He asks of me whether I agree with it or not and whether I like it or not.
I do know that God is a loving God, and that He does not want robots who blindly follow Him, but children who seek Him, love Him and CHOOSE Him, just as we do as parents. That’s right, God gives us a choice, free will to choose Him and His ways or to choose our own ways of doing things. This began in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, when God had created Adam and Eve and instructed them not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden of Eden, “Lest they will surely die”.
God did not make them obey Him. He laid out His rules, providing everything good that He had created for them to live, but gave them the choice to do otherwise and clearly explained the consequences of disobeying him. This is no different from being a parent to your children. You have your rules for your home, which you teach your children and you have consequences if they choose to break those rules. There is a slight difference however, because we are not God, we are not the Creator of the universe, and even our children are not “ours” but belong to God. God blesses us with them and trusts us to raise them properly and in His ways until they are adults.
You have to decide what you believe. The very first sentence in the Bible states “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It confronts you immediately and in your mind you are forced to face that decision. Many today though, try to get us to believe the alternative.
Today there are many who reject the fact that the universe was created and claim that it all started with a big explosion in outer space that set the wheels in motion for everything we see to evolve to its current point. I am not a scientist and I am not going to go into all of the scientific claims and mumbo jumbo that these people claim as proof. There is not enough room in this post. The Big Bang Theory is their claim to how the universe was formed. They are still trying to explain how life began even today!
I have read that I evolved from cells that happened to meet in the mud, from fish, and of course the most popular one, from apes. Even with these theories (and many more) man has still not been able to prove where those cells and life itself began. The latest tidbit I read was today, in an article online from the United Kingdom, stating that a group of scientists have come to the conclusion that something can come from absolute nothingness and that our seemingly infinite universe and all that is in it, could have come from…….well……….nothing.
I don’t know about you, but it takes way more “faith” to believe that everything I see when I walk out of the door of my home each morning (sky, clouds, sun, birds, animals, etc) and me myself, came from nothing or happened to evolve from a bunch of random actions and reactions.
Man has always asked “Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?” because we know deep inside that we have one! We innately know that we are here for a reason and search that reason out. When you look at nature itself and the complexities of the human body, brain, eyes and how everything works together with such precision, how can we ignore all of these things and believe that it all came about randomly and by chance?
Many people say that because they don’t see God or feel Him, they don’t believe He exists but the Bible says different in Romans 1:20,
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” – The New Living Translation.
God says no one has to tell you that He exists, because the evidence of His existence is all around us in nature and His creation. Even some scientists such as Andrew Fleet, an atheist, changed his mind in 2004 street years of trying to prove there was no creator. He said “Research into DNA has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved.”
So now, before you even wonder what God created you to be, calls you to be or what the rest of the Bible says, you must decide for yourself if He exists and if you are willing to submit your life to Him. It is solely your choice, one of many on the path of the lone warrior, no one can make it for you. It is not an easy road, but one well worth travelling all the way into eternity. Even if you decide that you do not believe in God, stick around and subscribe, follow my own journey and I may be able to help you in various areas of your own.
Until next time…….
God Bless You
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I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a martial artist for over 32 years, a husband, father and grandfather. I am on a journey to become all that God created me and other men to be. Leader, protector, warrior, son, husband and father. I hope that through my journey and this website that I can help other men in getting on their feet and standing tall in all God created them to be.