Has someone ever asked you why you believe in God? I would imagine so. Wouldn’t you love to have that perfect answer? That perfect response that would show them the light? So would I. And frankly, I have no idea what that is. But years ago I watched a documentary called “The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud with Dr. Armand Nicholi”. In this documentary, they were trying to show both sides of the coin from the perspective of two well-known and respected men. One took a faith stance and the other took a science stance. Now this was in 2004. There was a quote that has always stuck with me from C.S. Lewis. I might have this wrong from what the original quote actually is, but in my mind, this is what I remember and I am sticking with it.
C.S. Lewis said “I believe in God as I believe in the sun. Not because I can see it, but by way of it, I can see all things”!
That was a powerful statement. I thought “At last. A perfect answer that I can give someone to describe the reason for my faith”. Needless to say that “perfect” line didn’t work. It was good, don’t get me wrong and it’s still one of my favorite sayings… but it didn’t produce the result I was hoping for. But I LOVE that quote.
There is not one thing that can be said, explained, or shown to someone who doesn’t believe in God, that will make them believe all of a sudden. Only God can do that. I believe God intended it that way (since he doesn’t make mistakes and all). If there was a one liner out there which could be spoken to someone and then BAM, they were “CONVERTED”, we would move on to our next conquest. It would become about how many people we could change over to “God’s Side”. Instead, the way it actually works is that we have to invest our time, energy, and emotions into someone. Nowhere in the Bible does it command us to “Convert” someone. Only to share the good news of Jesus and our salvation through Him and what He did on the Cross.
This way, He made sure that we would have to spend one-on-one time with our fellow human beings. Human beings which God made in His image. And He is a God of personal relationships. Have you ever asked God, “Why didn’t you put something on this earth that would prove You really exist? Where is the indisputable evidence that would prove His existence without a shadow of a doubt, no way around it, and would hold up in court or under a microscope (figuratively speaking)? Why not make it a little easier on your children down here to assist us to do the work you called us to do?” I’ve asked him that before. But then I thought, if He did that, it would be too easy. Where would the faith be if all the answers were there. Yeah. Something to think about. Stop looking for that perfect catch phrase like I was. Just tell the story of what God has done in your life. Be confident in your faith and why you believe the way you do. Because when it comes right down to it, all we have is our faith!
1 Peter 3:15 “… Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give them the reason for the hope that you have…” (NIV)