Even if people grows up with religious faith, at some point they begin to ask challenging questions, like, “Why do I believe this?”
By Maria Bunkers
I can’t help but smile when I pray. The simple gesture of conversing with “the big Man above” comforts me because it’s what I’ve always done since I was of age to comprehend what praying means. I know in my heart that God is real. I know that He loves every one of us unconditionally. I know God sacrificed His son so we could have eternal life. But what does that really mean? To the nonbeliever, faith may sound foolish. When I step back to look at my beliefs for a moment, sometimes I think it is crazy that I believe all that I do. So truly, why do I believe in God?
The obvious response would be that I have grown up in the Catholic Church. I am your Sunday church-goer who was raised in a loving family that prays around the table before every meal and at bedtime, so it is natural for me to believe in Christ because I have never known anything different. However, when I mature, the outside world can influence my thoughts, causing me to question my faith and ask, “Is He actually real?”
We don’t have to see to believe God exists because He has left enough evidence as it is.
For my faith to grow as I wish it to, I have to know in my heart if God is real, and why. It is impossible to 100% guarantee that He is real because He is not physically here on Earth; this is where faith comes in. We don’t have to see to believe God exists because He has left enough evidence as it is. There’s this big book called the Bible that has records about the beginning of time and Jesus’s life on Earth that are historically proven to be real. And if that doesn’t seem promising, consider the task it would have been to write a giant book that has parallelism and symbolism throughout that has the ability to provoke unique thought. And after that, a person would have to persuade countless people that this book is completely true and we have a Creator. Of all the people that believe in God, it seems highly unlikely that His presence is completely fiction.
Another area that demands discussion is the idea of the Big Bang Theory. The creation of the universe is a complicated matter, but whatever it was that actually happened, what caused it? Science cannot explain everything. If the Big Bang Theory is correct, what caused this “big bang”? Another big bang? Maybe a huge chain reaction occurred leading up to the big bang, but what was the very first action that caused this chain of events? Some outside force had to intervene to make it all happen; the only answer that seems logical is God.
In addition to these historical and scientific aspects, there is faith. Faith is believing without seeing, and that is the most important—and most difficult—part of believing in God. Faith is beautifully summarized in the refrain of Kutless’s song “What Faith Can Do”:
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
Listening to songs like this helps me to realize that everything in my life happens for a reason. Every person in my life has a purpose. I am comforted because I can wake up every morning knowing that my prayers will be answered and that I am not alone.
Moments like those are so real that a person will surely know that God exists—that life does have a purpose.
Faith allows the Holy Spirit to enter your soul and allow you to spiritually connect with God; I know this firsthand. I was in third grade when one night I couldn’t stop thinking about my grandpa Bunkers. Two months before I was born, he passed away, and that affected me. I only wished that he at least could have held me once, but it was two months too late. That specific night in third grade I was heavily crying in my bed, praying to God that I could just see my grandpa. A loud voice resonated in my head saying, “I am your guardian angel.” I just knew with all my heart it was my grandpa. Moments like those are so real that a person will surely know that God exists—that life does have a purpose.
My life has been opened to God in many ways that deepened my faith in Him. I know He is real; there is no doubt in my mind. I believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth.
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