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How Do I Know There is a God?

by Kelly Crawford

How do I know there is a God? How do I know “my” religion is right?

Hard questions to answer, but there is an answer. The Lord providentially brought several thoughts/sermons into my hearing between yesterday and this morning. And whether you are a Christian or not, it would do us all well to ponder these universal questions that nag at the heart of every human.

I know that someone created my computer. I’ve never met him, don’t know his name and have no “proof” for his existence, EXCEPT this well-functioning (well, sometimes 😉 , intricate, complicated, orderly design on which I now type. I know it’s creator by the creation.

I know that there is a universal need in the heart of every human to feel secure, to be at peace, and to feel his own worth.

I know that the world at large is scrabbling around in neurotic fervor to try to fill the void that is in his heart if he has not humbled himself before His Creator.

I know that anger, fear, hatred and an unrelenting, nagging restlessness drives us to drown ourselves in entertainment, addictions and distractions.

And I know that when a person finally admits that he is not God, and he is not capable of finding peace and happiness within himself, and receives the indescribable, glorious gift of forgiveness of his human depravity that will ultimately destroy him, if not in this life, in the one to come, that person is born anew.

He becomes a new creation. His fear, his anxieties, his restlessness dissolves into a placid calmness that cannot be described with human words.

He is not “better” or higher than his fellow man. But he has the mercy given to him by an Advocate–the only One who can pay for the price he owes. And that mercy, open to anyone, washes over his life with such abundance that nothing in this life can move him.

How do I know God is real? Because I am not moved. Because I once was lost–so very lost, and now am found.

Because His mercy took my brokenness, my failures, my fears and torment, and in their place gave me joy and peace that passes all understanding.

Because He did for me what I could not do for myself, and I cannot but praise Him forever!

I know My Redeemer Lives…

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16 comments

Mama Hen November 7, 2008 - 10:18 am

Amen Kelly! I don’t think we will ever be able to praise Him enough for what He has done for us.

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Kim M. November 7, 2008 - 11:00 am

This post just about has me shouting! Woo hoo!!!!!

My heart is rejoicing for the love of my Creator!

I watched the documentary “Expelled” (Ben Stein) last night with my husband. The atheist interviewed was not 100 percent sure that God isn’t real. I told my husband that I have ZERO doubts that my Creator exist!

Mr Stein asked him, well what if you are wrong? The atheist said “I would say to God, ‘Sir, why have you not shown Yourself to me’?”
I wondered at the irony of that statement. Look at the intricate details of DNA and the information in it. Look at the beauty of the human body. Look at the order of creation. To believe that everything “just happened” in such an orderly way is way WAY more ludicrous than believing in Intelligent Design.

I believe that humans deny God because they do not want to be accountable for their actions.

They do not want to love a God they do not understand. I am SO GLAD that I do not understand… God wouldn’t be God -would He- if we were as smart as He is. I am so GLAD I can TRUST Him because He sees the big picture! I love that song “I KNOW My Redeemer Lives”. No doubts… not a hint! That is what faith is all about. Putting your trust God because He loves you and orchestrates your life.

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mrshester November 7, 2008 - 11:38 am

Beautiful. Thank you! I was “amening” through the whole thing 😀
I may have to borrow this 😉

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Civilla November 7, 2008 - 12:06 pm

Somebody said that nature is God’s first missionary! (Also, see Romans Chapter 1.)

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Anonymous November 7, 2008 - 12:33 pm

“I believe that humans deny God because they do not want to be accountable for their actions.”

Isn’t that funny? As an Agnostic, I believe that humans insist there IS a God for the same reasons. 🙂

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Kim M. November 7, 2008 - 2:08 pm

Anonymous,

You have made a very good point.

Romans 6:23

23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

However,

Jesus told the adulterous woman she was forgiven, but He also told her to "go and sin no more"

Read the story below from Romans:

1Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

He,God, forgave & still forgives us of sin.

A song comes to mind . I am forgiven and because of my love for my Saviour, I become a new creation. I stop living in sin.

"I am a new creation. I've been born again. Old things have passed away. Newborn I am.
More than a conqueror. That's what I am. I am a new creation. I've been born again"

The infallible Word of God has proclaimed, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) Free means free; the law of sin and death has been broken, stripped of its bondage over me, and I am free by the Spirit of Jesus Christ to live by the new law of life and resurrection. (not of sin)

By the way… whether or not we humans insist or not, there is still overwhelming evidence in Creation.

It doesn't matter what we think or believe….
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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Kim M. November 7, 2008 - 2:10 pm

The last verse I quoted was Philippians 2:9-11

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Kim M. November 7, 2008 - 2:12 pm

Anonymous,

I also wanted to ask you. Where is your hope lie?

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Shannan November 7, 2008 - 3:55 pm

Kelly, Though I seldom actually agree with you 😉 I always read your blog, I have commented before, hopefully with respect, as I have a lot of respect for what you have to say and how you say it. (I was the girl who asked the question several posts back about the ‘inquisition’ which you so eloquently responded to.) I was going to respond to your post yesterday, but after seeing the horrible, angry, nonsense spewed out by my fellow liberals, I just sort of slammed my head against my desk and asked myself why those are always the first ones to open their mouths. I decided not to even speak. I found this post interesting, as well, although (as an indirect answer to kim m. even though i was not the poster she was asking) I find that my hope lies largely in the human element, not in an unearthly one. Anyhow, I just wanted to apologize for the garbage that got posted on your blog yesterday. I promise we aren’t all nuts. I loved your responses though, you are the picture of grace under fire! And if I ever find myself wandering back towards Christ, I’ll let you know. 🙂 Best Wishes!

-Shannan

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Word Warrior November 7, 2008 - 4:13 pm

Shannan,

Wow…this kind of sincereity is moving. I really appreciate your words.

BTW, it’s still going on at the last post 😉 I’ve had to delete a few for their “spewing”.

But I really do appreciate your sensitivity and desire to be respectful.

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Kim M. November 7, 2008 - 4:53 pm

Shannan
Thanks for your comment. I will pray (I mean this non-judgmentally) that you will gravitate toward the One who loves you more than any of us flawed humans ever could.

Kelly,
I don’t know how I missed posting a comment on yesterday’s but boy…. Wow I am overwhelmed! I’ll have to read it when I have some time.

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Anonymous November 7, 2008 - 7:49 pm

Wow Kelly,

I could not believe the stuff that was on the posters yesterday. It made me so sad that people are so without hope of Jesus. I don’t know how I would go without Him. Those who believe it is okay to take another human life–how bound they are by the wiles of Satan. That little person they destroy has no chance to have freedom. There are sooo many people out there who want a child and can’t have one and yet others are just throwing children away like used kleenex. It breaks my heart. I have a friend right now who wants a child–who is going through fertility treatments, but it doesn’t look like she will have a child and her heart is absolutely broken. If you know anyone who doesn’t want their child please encourage them to put the baby up for adoption. Every child is a wanted child. I love every child I meet. I feel that you handled those who attacked you with the grace and beauty that you always do.
Kim, You are an inspiration!! Thanks for your post here today!! We could just about have campmeeting here even in the midst of the past election.

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Kim M. November 7, 2008 - 11:39 pm

Anon 2 … bring on the camp-meeting! 😀

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Shannan November 8, 2008 - 12:19 am

kelly- i’m glad you appreciate my comment! and kim m… pray for me all you would like, i could probably use it, i won’t deny that!i’m planning on starting a blog soon, even though it’ll probably only center on the most exciting thing in my life right now- my pet bunny- i hope you’ll stop in for healthy discussion when i rant on my own topics. thanks, keep it up! (ps kelly, please listen to a little of what obama says- i think it’s important after all, to listen to what our opponent says at all times;-) !!!) best, shannan

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Mommy Reg November 8, 2008 - 3:05 am

Kelly, this is so eloquently put. Thanks.

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Jennifer @ Conversion Diary November 10, 2008 - 5:52 pm

Wow, beautiful! I loved this especially:

And I know that when a person finally admits that he is not God, and he is not capable of finding peace and happiness within himself, and receives the indescribable, glorious gift of forgiveness of his human depravity that will ultimately destroy him, if not in this life, in the one to come, that person is born anew.

As I think I mentioned in my previous comment, I was raised completely as an atheist, not even believing in God as a child, and I have found what you describe here to be true. Great post!

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