Do we actually believe in God? – Bible Study Day 28

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II Chronicles 4 – 16

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17 “…If you will walk before me as David your father walked and do according to all that I have commanded you and will keep my ordinances and judgments, 18 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘A man shall not be cut off for you from ruling over Israel.”

II Chronicles 7

Introduction

Imagine a world where everyone believed in God. I mean where people actually believed and not merely acknowledged His existence by saying it. What kind of world does that look like? Now imagine if we (Christians) believed in God. Again, believe in its most real sense of the word and not merely saying we believe. I’m not here to question anyone’s belief or its validity; I’m saying perhaps saying we believe in God isn’t an accurate description. Imagine we believed in God the same way we believe that if we jumped off the top of a 40 story building we would undoubtedly die. Nietzsche once said, “There was only one Christian, and He died on the cross.”

Do we actually believe in God?

I think sincere Christians ‘believe’ there is a God, and Christ is the atonement for our sins. In my opinion, it’s easier to understand Christ to be the savior of mankind than it is to believe in God, allow me to elaborate. We can’t conceptualize God the same way we can conceptualize Christ. To be fair, we can’t really conceptualize Christ, but we can imagine His human side, and that’s how we relate to Him. Now I think when people say they ‘believe’ in God, it’s for lack of a better word to describe trying to conduct ourselves in a manner that is consistent with a belief in God. The idea of a belief in God is so crushing I imagine we would carry ourselves differently than we actually do.

For the sake of this post, I’ll use acknowledge and belief as two distinct terms with acknowledge being several grades below belief. I think acknowledging God does increase the person’s moral compass by a measure of 30% (totally made up number), not to say those who don’t acknowledge God are serial killers, but all things being equal this would be my guess. However, if a person were to believe in God, a measure would not be necessary because man believing in God is a crippling belief.

Conclusion

I’m not trying to denigrate any Christians by saying we don’t actually believe in God and convince them we are indeed atheist. What I am trying to do is humble a believer (including myself) by saying believing in God does not make us better than unbelievers because even we don’t know what it means to believe. There is nothing we can do to go from our current level of belief to believe in the most real sense of the word because this is how God structured it. We recall in Exodus where God can’t even show Himself to mankind because anyone who would look upon Him would surely die. I’m saying it’s the same with belief; we can’t know what it means actually to believe in God because it would be so crippling we wouldn’t be able to manage a fruitful life.

However, there is a Mediator. The One God sent to atone for our sins and redeem us to have fellowship with Him. It is Christ’s death that allows us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and it is through Christ’s death that we can relate to God. Our Lord said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is profound in more than just the sense of the afterlife, but in our current lives as well. God knows we would never understand Him, and He knows because of this misunderstanding, we will always fall short. But He sends His Son to die for us so that we may come to understand, and through Christ, we may one day know what it means to believe.

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