Finding God, finding faith. As I’ve mentioned in some other posts and videos, I was once an evolution-believing atheistic humanist. I believed that all the complexity of the universe and plant and animal life just somehow created itself. I believed there was no God. I believed the reason of man was the highest good man could attain.
It’s a fairly popular viewpoint, but at one point I decided to disprove the Bible – and in the process discovered it to be true. I also discovered that the humanistic evolutionary viewpoint was full of deception and lacked any sense of intellectual honesty.
But in my study of the Bible, I discovered that there was a lot more to this Christianity than just attending church or avoiding certain sins. I discovered a profound wisdom that changes every aspect of life – especially relationships.
A Relational God – We are Made in His Image
This God of the Bible is amazing – He is one who exists in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The God who created all is relational in His nature – such a close relationship that He is one in essence.
And we are made in His likeness, thus we are created to be in very close relationship, both with him and others. And naturally, we long to have one especially close relationship above all, one with whom we can literally be one with – and that is what is called marriage.
Interestingly, in the creation story there is this fascinating account which our Creator shares with us. In Genesis 2, after God creates man he brings the animals before the first man and has him name them. All of these magnificent creatures are paraded before this man named Adam, and it is noted that “there was not found a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:20)
I understand this to be intentional on God’s part. He wanted Adam to fully appreciate what was about to happen. There was no one like Adam with whom he could share his life, as God shared his own life in the Trinity. God then creates the specifically designed companion for man, to allow him to experience the relational joy which the image of God required. When God brings this newly created woman to the man, his response is telling: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh…” (Genesis 2:23)
The words “at last” in the Hebrew are powerful, it has with it the idea of a hammer striking an anvil! It is as if Adam said, “Hubba hubba! Wow! Incredible! Awesome!” And truly it was; the one true God who created the awesome and intricate world around us, created the essential companion for man. Men and women are designed to live together intimately and grow together in maturity.
But we, in order to properly mature and thrive, are also in need of another relationship; that being a saving relationship with the Christ. In the English language, we have come to know him as Jesus, but a more accurate translation is Yeshua (Aramaic), or the name Joshua. That was his earthly name.
His title is the Christ, or Messiah. You’ve may have heard that he died on the cross to save us from our sins, but many naturally struggle with the concept of sin. So here’s a quick explanation.
The natural reaction to people who experienced God in a very direct way is instructive. The most common was for the person to become so overwhelmed with the purity and awesomeness of God that they fell on their faces and believed they would die. His purity (holiness) was so powerful that the individual understood that they could not be in his presence.
Yet God wants us in his presence! From the time of the first rebellion of man against God a plan was announced that the offspring of woman (Messiah) would bruise the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15). Eventually the family of Israel was chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, and in the meantime the shedding of animal blood was required to atone for (cover) man’s rebellion against God. Once Jesus came into the world, his death and resurrection would provide for the ultimate and final payment for the sins we all commit.
Jesus the Messiah arrived, as predicted, as “the seed of woman,” that is, a child born of a young lady who had never had sexual relations with a man. He grew up and began teaching a message of great hope and comfort, summarized in the famous passage seen at sporting events: John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
How to Respond to the Best News Ever Told
When you read the Bible book of Acts (a.k.a., “The Acts of the Apostles”) we see thousands of people respond to this offer for eternal life. There is a common theme. First the person hears about Jesus and considers the evidence, then believes it to be true. They repent (turn away from) those things which are an affront to the purity of God (sin, missing the mark), they confess Jesus as the Lord (director of their life) and Savior, and then are baptized (an interesting word, it literally means immersion, but constitutes a symbolic burial of the old self) in water, and then live by faith (faith is most simply explained as belief combined with action reflective of that belief.)
Through this simple obedient act of faith, we receive the Holy Spirit, and the presence and guidance of Jesus Christ. While on earth, He promised that he would never leave us or forsake us. We have his presence and his Word, known as The Bible, to guide us through this life.
There will come a day when each of us must die – we just do not know when! But we have been promised, if we have been covered in the purity of the Christ through our acceptance of His gift through baptism, that we will have an eternal home with our Creator.
Don’t go this life alone. Study this for yourself. One website which is helpful for studying matters of faith is studyJesus.com. If you need a modern language Bible, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and give us your mailing address. We will send you one. Also find a Bible believing church and join God’s family. They will provide support and encouragement for you as you live out God’s exciting plan in your daily walk.
May the God of all mercy bring you into a knowledge of the truth, and freedom in Jesus Christ!