How can I Have a Closer Relationship With God? -- or -- Does God Even Exist?
This may seem an unusual question to ask especially since this is a Christian website and the notion that we would question the existence of God seems rather unusual.
The reason I am posing this question is because there are so many Christians and Non Christians alike, who do not know if God truly exists. For many, God exists simply because they have been taught to believe so and on the other side of the coin, there are those who were taught to believe that God does not exist and is simply a creation of mankind to help deal with the struggles and complexities of life.
So how do we know one way or the other whether God really exists or not? This at first seems to be simply a personal subjective thought or notion because it seems impossible to prove one way or the other... so how can this topic help you determine whether God really exists? Please read on...
Most Christians have accepted Jesus by faith and this is exactly what the scriptures say pleases God.
|"But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Heb 11:6)|
This is how Christians function... by faith... But I have a question... If you are a Christian, wouldn't you want a more closer relationship with God and if you're not a believer, wouldn't you really like to know that your non belief is correct? I am going to tell you in this text just how you can Know that God exists, and for Christians, show you how to have a more intimate relationship with God like you've never experienced before. I will start by telling you the following true story of what happened to me...
As a child I was brought up to believe in God and over time, I eventually became a believer in Christ. But as I got older I started drifting from my Christian roots and started tasting the fruits of the world. As time went on, I went through many different jobs, experiences, relationships and life in general was treating me fine. At this time in my life I was not attending church or actively pursuing a relationship with God. I guess you would have to say my Christian walk was in a cryogenic state.
I eventually decided to attend college to pursue an education and after a few years quit, moved back into life and pursued relationships, money and life as before. Shortly after leaving college, my mother become very ill and her health deteriorated to the point where she needed frequent trips to the hospital. During her last visit she grew worse and passed away.
During my time by her hospital bedside, I witnessed transitions and processes that upon later observation aroused my questioning of the existence of God.
One incident that really intrigued me, was that while I was setting beside my mothers bed where she was asleep, a television in her room was playing a movie so I grabbed the remote and turned the sound up a little. The movie was called "Island of the Blue Dolphins".
At the point where I started watching the movie, the current scene depicted a young girl on the shores of a beach yelling to her small brother who was being rowed away from shore to a ship by Pirates. She was yelling for her brother to jump overboard and swim to shore. The boy was afraid, but jumped out of the rowboat and started swimming to shore. Instead of turning the rowboat around to get the boy, the Pirates decided to let the boy drown and headed back to their ship.
As the boy was swimming to shore, his sister kept yelling "keep going, you can do it", but the boy was getting tired and was yelling that he couldn't make it. It was at this time some dolphins popped their heads up out of the water next to him. The boy grabbed onto the dolphins and they helped him get to shore.
This scene made me wonder, since my mother was a strong Christian, was God's angels helping my mother during her death and as I looked over at my mother in bed, she passed away at this exact time. This really quickened my curiosity about whether I should re-evaluate my belief in God.
"Come out of this relationship"
To make a long story short, months after my mother's funeral, I was one day setting in my small apartment thinking about my mother's passing, my girlfriend and life in general. It was at this time I felt I heard a small still voice, what some might call a very clear thought... Now I didn't hear an audible voice, but one that was unmistakably not of my imagination. What this voice said to me was, "Come out of this relationship". To help you understand, I was currently in a good relationship with a young woman and this simply didn't make sense to me since I was very happy and content. The idea of breaking up with my girlfriend was not something I wanted to do.
Over the course of time this thought kept haunting me and I wondered if this was God calling me back to Him after so many years away. I finally decided to hearken to this inner voice and I broke off my relationship with this young lady. This simple act was only the beginning of a journey that totally changed my life.
As some will attest, there comes a time in ones life where we make final decisions about belief structures we've been taught. I knew I had reached a point where I really needed to find a final answer to whether God really existed or not. But how does one really do this... God is invisible and cannot be touched or felt... We can't even talk to Him verbally so how could we really know? This was a question I needed answered, after all, had I been following a myth like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or did God really exist?
I felt it was time for me to make a final decision as to whether God existed or not. If God existed I would follow Him the rest of my life but if He didn't exist, I would place Him on the shelf along side my other childhood beliefs such as Santa, the Tooth Fairy and other childish notions...
To find my answer, this is what I did... I made a challenge to God and this wasn't a fist in His face challenge, but a reverent challenge. I emphasize reverent because if God exists, I wanted to give the respect He was due and here is what I asked of God.
"Jesus, if you really exist, please make yourself real to me in a way that you know will erase ANY and ALL doubt I have about you" and "If you make yourself real to me I will follow you the rest of my life."
This is where my life took a 180 degree turn. I placed no time frame on this request and left it up to God to determine if and when He would make Himself known.
I decided to do things God's way and not mine. I started attending church, started reading the Bible and did what I thought God wanted of me... to seek him with all my heart, mind and soul and sought Him in true sincerity. After all if I seek God, like He says to do in the Bible, I should find Him if he exists, right?
|"With all your heart" means "Sincerely", true in word and act. The word sincere comes from two Latin words -- sine (without) and cera (wax). Apparently in the past, less-than-honest sculptors would secretly fix the flaws and cracks in their work by plugging them with wax, which, of course, doesn't hold. Hence, sincerity means being real and genuine, not artificial. It means speaking or acting "from the heart" and meaning it.|
... And this is just what I did. After many months of taking Bible study classes at church, following what the Bible said and trying to live a Godly life, my journey took a life changing turn. At this time I was managing a small 10-plex apartment complex and worked a part time job at a software retail outlet. One day I realized I didn't have any money for gas to get me to work and payday was still several days away. At this point I did what most people do, I had a pity party and complained to God asking Him why this was happening to me?!! After all, I was doing as He wanted... I thought He took care of us!
During my pity party, I once again heard this still small voice and it said to me... " Look in your little red box". Now this needs explaining... During the preparations for my mother's funeral I found a small red combination lock cash box for sale in the small Funeral Home retail store and decided to buy it. I periodically would place change in this cash box and kept it on my work desk.
After hearing this small still voice, I searched for my cash box and after awhile found it laying towards the back of my desk just ready to go over the back edge to be lost for who knows how long. I grabbed the box, opened it and there was over $20 in cash and change in it. I thought this was great but this isn't the reason for this story.
During my apology to God, I felt this presence enter my room and all around me everything got very quiet. The next thing I knew I was on the floor on my hands and knees with this amazing feeling of love and warmth flowing around and through my body. At this point I KNEW that God was reaching down from His thrown and in my mind I felt that He was saying to me... "I am pleased you sought me and now here I Am"
During this amazing experience, all I could do was praise Jesus and say to myself, "This is awesome...and I am honored". The feeling I was experiencing reminded me of a Bible verse I once read...
|He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)|
This is what I felt I was experiencing and at this point I knew, that I knew, that God existed. It was at that time my whole life changed and I totally dedicated my life to Christ... God totally eradicated any doubt for the rest of my life to whether God exists or not. I know He does.
Now, just so you know, I've made many mistakes in my walk with God and life still has it's ups and downs, just as your's will as well, but I have something I never had before... a peace that everything is going to be all right and that God is with me.
No one is going to be able to bring questions to my heart and mind whether God exists or that His son is Jesus. Jesus has sealed me, so to speak, to the knowledge and truth that He truly exists and my doubts have forever been removed. I now know Jesus exists and is alive with the Father in Heaven and I await His second coming. I no longer fear the reproach of man and can say without fear that God the Father and His son Jesus lives.
|"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)|
You may be asking... Will God do the same thing for me as He did for you? I do not know how God will move in your life, but I do know that He is no respecter of person and what He did for me, He will do for you, IF you will seek Him with all your heart, mind and soul. In other words, you need to seek God in true sincerity.
I needed to have Him touch my life in a way that He knew would erase any doubt I had about Him and He did. After all, He created me and knows just what I needed in order to find my answer.
As for how God will make Himself known to you, this is totally between you and God. He knows exactly what you need and like I mentioned earlier, He is no respecter of person. Making himself real to you is what He has promised in His scriptures, if we seek Him with all our mind and soul.
|(Acts 10:34) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:|
|"But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29);|
|If you do not yet know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior or if you would like to rekindle your relationship with God, then please|
|Click Here for a Simple Sinners Prayer|
But wait ... I used to be a Christian but have totally messed up my life. I've walked away from God years ago and have done so many things wrong, that I don't feel that God will accept me back into a relationship with Him. I don't see how God will ever forgive me.
There is only one sin that God will not forgive and that is turning our hearts and mind from the prompting's of the Holy Spirit. This is known as the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. If you close your heart and mind to God, there is nothing else He can do to save you. Rejecting God's call closes any communication with Jesus. The Holy Spirit will 'tug' on your heart and if you feel Him doing so, please do not harden your heart and mind to His call. The more we reject God's prompting through the Holy Spirit, the harder our heart will become and eventually we will stop hearing God's call on our life altogether.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior., our sins are forgiven. We only need to acknowledge our transgressions against God when we realize it and ask for forgiveness through Christ. Now, this isn't what I say, but what God says...
|(1Jn 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.|
So you see, God loves us that much. We all make mistakes or deliberately sin against God. Don't let your mistakes and sin keep you from God's loving forgiveness. God loves you and wants to renew His relationship with you. Start over and ask Jesus for His help to stay on course. He will help you.