Confirming God’s Reality
Sharing your faith is not about arguing your faith. No one expects you to be an expert in apologetics nor should you try to be one. Those who argue are generally more interested in discord than answers. That’s why the scriptures admonish us to not argue with a fool (Proverbs 26:4) and to not cast your pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). Simply said, avoid all arguments before they start. As a faith sharer, that’s not your role. It’s far better to confirm your faith and the existence of God by the power of your story and the basic truths of the Gospel message. When the blind man yelled, “I was blind and now I can see,” everyone listened. It wasn’t deep theological arguments that won the multitudes or the ability of the early church to quote scripture. It was the unmistakable veracity and authenticity of transformed lives powered by the Holy Spirit that made it so easy for unbelievers to believe.
It’s important to add a basic understanding of why an all-powerful, omnipotent God would create us in His Own Image, allow us to live in danger, poverty and starvation, and possibly end up in the fires of Hell. At first glance, that appears to be the opposite of a loving God.
But God’s existence is overwhelmingly confirmed through His Perfect Plan for our redemption and Eternal Life with Him in Heaven. He created us out of love, giving us the Free Will to choose how we live our lives, our priorities and our God. And just as any parent uses punishments and rewards for disciplining and encouraging good behavior, God describes the horrors of Hell and the joys of Heaven in detail to encourage us to make Him the God of our lives. And then He lovingly leaves that choice to us.
God doesn’t send good people to Hell because none of us are good. We’ve all sinned and fallen short, and the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is Eternal Life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 3:23 and 6:23). God does everything possible to encourage us to accept His Gift of Eternal Life through the death and resurrection of His Son. But justice would not be served if He forced us to accept Him. It is each person’s choice and everyone who goes to Hell has made the wrong choice.
At the same time, it would be unfair and unjust for a pure and holy God to ignore the sinfulness of His People and allow everyone into Heaven. That’s why He sent His Only Begotten Son to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He literally took our place and paid the penalty for our sins so that we can stand before Him, pardoned for our sin and clothed in His Righteousness.
As a just God who cannot tolerate injustice. There is no just way for us to be allowed into Heaven without: (1) confessing our sins to Almighty God, and (2) receiving His Forgiveness and His Pardon for our sins. We can only do this because Jesus intentionally took our place and paid our debt with His Blood on the Cross to set us free!
Only a loving God would do that!