I am not the only one who has experienced this. Malcolm Muggeridge, socialist and philosophical author, wrote, "I had a notion that somehow, besides questing, I was being pursued. Lewis said he remembered, " I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: Lewis went on to write a book titled, "Surprised by Joy" as a result of knowing God. I too had no expectations other than rightfully admitting God's existence. Yet over the following several months, I became amazed by his love for me.
Look throughout the major world religions and you'll find that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. None of them ever claimed to be equal to God. That is what sets Jesus apart from all the others. He said God exists and you're looking at him. Though he talked about his Father in heaven, it was not from the position of separation, but of very close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father, anyone who believed in him, believed in the Father.
He said, "I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Unlike other teachers who focused people on their words, Jesus pointed people to himself. He did not say, "follow my words and you will find truth. What proof did Jesus give for claiming to be divine?
We don't earn this. Similar to 'Salt of the Earth', this book- 'God and the World' is full of wisdom, common sense, truth and anecdotal information which enlightens and illuminates the Catholic faith. Just once wouldn't you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God's existence? The former congregants that PEOPLE spoke with allege the World Mission Society Church of God also worked to deliberately dissolve marriages between devoted members and their unconvinced partners in order to arrange weddings between American and South Korean church members. At the same time your brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of your body like your breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands. To be a Muslim, one must follow five religious duties: How an atheist found God more
He did what people can't do. He had power over objects He performed miracles over nature People everywhere followed Jesus, because he constantly met their needs, doing the miraculous. He said if you do not want to believe what I'm telling you, you should at least believe in me based on the miracles you're seeing. Jesus Christ showed God to be gentle, loving, aware of our self-centeredness and shortcomings, yet deeply wanting a relationship with us.
Jesus revealed that although he views us as sinners, worthy of his punishment, his love for us ruled and he came up with a different plan. God himself took on the form of man and accepted the punishment for our sin on our behalf.
Perhaps, but many loving fathers would gladly trade places with their child in a cancer ward if they could. The Bible says that the reason we would love God is because he first loved us. Jesus died in our place so we could be forgiven. Of all the religions known to humanity, only through Jesus will you see God reaching toward humanity, providing a way for us to have a relationship with him. Jesus proves a divine heart of love, meeting our needs, drawing us to himself.
Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, he offers us a new life today. We can be forgiven, fully accepted by God and genuinely loved by God. He says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. If you want to know, investigate Jesus Christ. We're told that "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
God does not force us to believe in him, though he could.
Instead, he has provided sufficient proof of his existence for us to willingly respond to him. The earth's perfect distance from the sun, the unique chemical properties of water, the human brain, DNA, the number of people who attest to knowing God, the gnawing in our hearts and minds to determine if God is there, the willingness for God to be known through Jesus Christ. If you need to know more about Jesus and reasons to believe in him, please see: This is your decision, no coercion here.
But if you want to be forgiven by God and come into a relationship with him, you can do so right now by asking him to forgive you and come into your life. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. He who hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him [or her]. You know my life and that I need to be forgiven. I ask you to forgive me right now and come into my life. I want to know you in a real way. Come into my life now. Thank you that you wanted a relationship with me. God views your relationship with him as permanent. Referring to all those who believe in him, Jesus Christ said of us, "I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
Looking at all these facts, one can conclude that a loving God does exist and can be known in an intimate, personal way. Tyndale Press, , p. Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist New York: BasicBooks, , Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. If you're over 18, share your faith online by becoming a volunteer at Global Media Outreach, and answer emails from seekers and new Christians all over the world. Combat racism and prejudice by getting to know people of other races and cultures.
If applicable, promote reconciliation between the settlers and the indigenous people of your country. If there isn't already one, start a Bible study at your school or university.
Write to the newspaper on current issues, taking a stand for justice and God's perspective. Play the internet game FreeRice. Every question you answer correctly donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Program. No, someone doesn't go through a pile of rice counting out 10 grains at a time.
The revenue raised from the ads and banners on the page is donated, which covers the cost of approximately 10 grains of rice. Search the Internet from Goodsearch. Goodsearch is a free Yahoo-powered search engine which donates half of each search's advertising revenue to your chosen non-profit. Each search generates approximately a cent, but it adds up very quickly! Some organisations have earned tens of thousands of dollars through this.
There are thousands of non profits to choose from. Consider becoming an overseas missionary. Although the majority of missions work is now being done effectively through national missionaries, God may still call you to serve Him in another culture. Pray and ask God for wisdom, but don't wait for a blinding light- it rarely comes. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Tips Don't be discouraged if you don't seem to be making an immediate impact. Remember God is more interested in your heart and motives than anything you do or appear as. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
Always seek to know God personally above doing things for Him. Warnings Never believe you are right with God because of what you do for Him. Don't ignore all criticism. How is becoming all things to all people not conforming to the world? How does not being conformed to the world fit with pleasing everyone for the sake of salvation? So the questions are many, and we will tackle some of them.
My aim today is to give you a way to think about these questions. To give you some categories that I pray will be part of the renewing of your mind so that you can prove and embrace the will of God. The reason there are questions like these is not because Paul slipped up and got confused about what it means to follow Christ in a fallen world. Paul was not confused. He was holding two Christian impulses — two principles — in balance. When Christ came into the world, and lived and died and rose from the dead, and set the redeeming kingdom of God in motion, and unleashed the mighty gospel on the world — two powerful impulses, or forces, spread everywhere the gospel spread.
These two impulses are always in tension with each other. At times they push in opposite directions, and the great challenge is to find the biblical balance. Andrew Walls, in his book, The Missionary Movement In Christian History , calls these two impulses the indigenous principle and the pilgrim principle 7—9. In other words, the gospel can and must become indigenous in every fallen! It can and must find a home in the culture. It must fit in. But at the same time, and just as powerful, the gospel produces a pilgrim mindset.
It loosens people from their culture. It criticizes and corrects culture.
It turns people into pilgrims and aliens and exiles in their own culture. There are many ways to describe this tension. We say, Christians are in the world but not of the world. Or we say Christians should be separate from the world and yet participate in the world. But in another place, Paul limits the meaning of separation and says,. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality.
One impulse is separation , and one impulse is participation. Or we can speak of the impulse of adaptation and the impulse of confrontation. For example, on the one hand, Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4: So Paul prays in 1 Timothy 2: But on the other hand, Paul has a very different word to say in Ephesians 5: Therefore do not associate with them. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. This is not going to go down well.