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Why We Believe

Peter challenges his readers (1 Peter 3:15).

"Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

Our belief in God is grounded in faith, because none of us have seen Him. However, true faith is built on undeniable evidence. Let me suggest three of many reasons for our faith in God as the creative higher power.

First, and the most impressive, is the visible evidence in the world around us. The vastness of our universe and the orderliness of the entire cosmos defy any explanation other than intelligent creation. Like wise, the minute details of atomic structure and the complexity of human DNA demand a designer. Both the telescope and the microscope cry out for God.

Secondly, there is a moral component within humanity. Though some personally reject it, all cultures recognize right and wrong. All cultures experience guilt and shame from violating those standards. All cultures have the capacity to worship and choose some object(s) they feel are worthy of worship or pursuit. Morals cannot be explained by matter, evolution or science. Morality is a fingerprint of Jehovah, who is described as righteous and holy.

Finally, from an entirely different line of thought, the problem of injustice demands a final arbiter. The cruel and dishonest who cruise merrily through life deserve some form of punishment. The innocent who suffer demand that things be made right. God and His final judgment will "straighten it all out." Like most things, a world without God's perfect justice becomes quite empty and confusing.

- Don Loftis


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