WHY DO I BELIEVE IN JESUS? — PART 3

In WHY DO I BELIEVE IN JESUS? — PART 2, we left off with the prospect of  considering what I had learned from the Bible. However, when I engaged in a little debate with Tracie Louise at this post, Science vs Religion, I realized that I had something left to discuss, humility. Why humility? Consider how Louise ended that little debate.

The best way to know God is directly. Through direct experience and communion with God… and that, my friend is relative and individual.

If God wanted me to think and act like the church says that I should… then He would have made me that way. Free Will… does not mean, that you have the choice do as the church says, or be damned for all eternity. An All Knowing… All Loving… All Inclusive God… excludes NO ONE. (from here)

Instead of accepting the fact that God made us in His image, Tracie Louise insists upon  fashioning God in an image of her own making. Louise’s problem with Christianity is a common one. Except for the fact I had given up trying to know God, some years ago I might have said something similar. Because what God was doing through Christianity made no sense to me, I had rejected Christianity. Doubting even God’s existence, I did not consider the Bible God’s Word.

As an atheist, C. S. Lewis had gone further. He had discarded the belief in God as foolish in a cruel and unjust world. Perhaps that is why when he finally became a Christian Lewis saw the need to begin Mere Christianity by reminding us of Who created whom, that we, not God, are broken.

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got the idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? A man feels wet when he falls into water, because man is not a water animal: a fish would not feel wet. Of course I could give have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too — for the argument depended on saying that the world really was unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove God did not exist — in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless — I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality — namely my idea of justice — was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.

Before Lewis could believe in God, he had to find the humility to accept the fact that  it was not his place to approve of the Creator’s methods. Similarly, before I could acknowledge the existence of God, I had to accept the fact I needed God, but He did not need me.

When the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah predicted doom for the people of ancient Israel, God provided them the analogy of a potter and his clay to explain that He could do with us as He saw fit.

What does the Potter do? That God showed to Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 18:1-4 Good News Translation (GNT)

1 The Lord said to me,

2 Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message. 3 So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. 4 Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else.

And what does the Potter think of disobedient and argumentative clay? Isaiah explained.

Isaiah 45:9-12 Good News Translation (GNT)

9 Does a clay pot dare argue with its maker,
a pot that is like all the others?
Does the clay ask the potter what he is doing?
Does the pot complain that its maker has no skill?

10 Do we dare say to our parents,
Why did you make me like this?

11 The Lord, the holy God of Israel,
the one who shapes the future, says:

You have no right to question me about my children
or to tell me what I ought to do!

12 I am the one who made the earth
and created human beings to live there.
By my power I stretched out the heavens;
I control the sun, the moon, and the stars.

As God creations, we do not belong to ourselves. We belong to Him. Like it or not, we exist to serve His purposes, and that is a frightening, thoroughly humbling prospect. Therefore, to truly accept the existence of God, I first had to accept the fact I am small and weak, that I am merely clay in my Creator’s hands. I had to acknowledge to myself that I fear God.

Job 28:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord–that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Until I admitted my fear of God, I had no hope of being truly humble, obedient to God. I could not even consider my relationship to God objectively. Instead of seeing myself as I am, a creation, I absurdly insisted that God is “my god” or not god, that He must obey my rules or He does not exist.

Because the Bible contradicted me, denying my foolishness, I pompously resented it. Nonetheless, fears for family members finally forced me to face my fear and turn to God for help.

What help did I find in the Bible? To be continued.

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7 Responses to WHY DO I BELIEVE IN JESUS? — PART 3

  1. God did make us in His image… as creators, just like Him. But just as the university student will never convince the pre-schooler, I will never convince you. Please don’t quote me again and leave my blog out of your narrow-mindedness. You make SO many assumptions that it isn’t funny. I have a wonderful relationship with God, just not the relationship that you would have me have. I study the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao de Ching, Conversations with God, daily. I have read the Bible, the Koran and countless books on spirituality. And after a 40 year search for God, I can confidently say that I am not arrogant enough to assume that I have even touched the surface. You may think that you know and understand the workings of God… but I tell you this my friend.. God might have other ideas.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      Tracie Louise – I must admit some disappointment, but I suppose those beautiful photos come at a price. It seems you are a temperamental artist.

      Why did you get angry? Why did you remove my comments and your responses from your post, Science vs Religion? I did not insult you; I just disagreed with you. If you were confident of your arguments, then you should pity me for being a Christian. Instead, you panicked and hit the delete key, conceding you have no confidence in your arguments.

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  2. wdednh says:

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE.

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  3. wdednh says:

    Hiya Tom,
    As I read this post( not have read one before), I understand the concept, however one thing is very important to grasp and that is God is not a Cookie cutter contractor and not one of his builds look alike even the identicale twins are diffrent in some way. Yes we were created in His Image and likeness, But we lost that privilege when Adam disobeyed and was kicked out. Now all will be restored when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is Important to note, we are all sinners, and not one of us walk on water. and i Loved the following from you
    “Until I admitted my fear of God”, for the Bible says at proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord Is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy in understanding.”
    God Bless you and your quest for God :)

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  4. Very well done. Thanks. Many people can’t fit God in their heads, so they reject the idea of God. Sadly for them, the one, true, only, living Lord God can NOT fit in their heads. But, we can learn much of the mind and nature of God. The Bible and Jesus reveal Him completely. God is manifested, in part, in the works of nature from the farthest star to the tiniest atomic particle. And, God speaks to humans – especially once they open the lines of communication with a physically in-dwelling piece of God – the Holy Sprit – in the bodies of Believers.

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  5. Citizen Tom says:

    wdednh and JAB – Thank you very much for your kind remarks.

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