Is There A God?

March 8, 2021 by No Comments

It has been my experience that by becoming closer to God, my wife and I have made our marriage stronger. We believe that our marriage can last into eternity, and that makes us strive to be better than we are right now. If we didn’t believe this, then we probably would have given up on our marriage before the end of the first year.

Now however, our marriage and our relationship to God are the core foundation of who we are as people. Neither of us can imagine life without each other, and it was relying on the Lord and His teachings that got us here.

Is There A God?

Personally, I’ve never doubted the existence of God. Even though I didn’t grow up religious, It’s always seemed self evident. I had my notions of cultural christianity swept away, however, when I served a mission with the Chinese community in Vancouver, Canada from 1999 – 2001.

In China, Christianity is not that common. You don’t grow up with people talking about God all of the time. Officially, China is an atheist country. Their notion of religion is centered around Buddhism and Daoism, neither of which are deity centric. The first time that I spoke to a Chinese person about God, I started off by talking about Jesus Christ and they had no idea who I was talking about. If you’ve never tried to explain to someone who God is, you can’t appreciate how truly difficult that is from a Western perspective. It might even come across as a little bit ludicrous – an all knowing being that created all of us, who lives in Heaven (the sky?).

What I discovered during my mission was that you can’t convince someone intellectually that God exists. They’ll likely never see God’s face, and intellectually based conversions don’t last anyway.

In the Bible, Hebrews chapter 11, Paul states that faith is the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” To know that there is a God then, is to find the evidence of what you hope for. Most of humanity hopes for a better life, for more time with their family, to understand the purpose of their life and why we are here on earth. This must be studied out through careful pondering, and prayer.

I won’t go into how to pray here, but I will say that just like marriage, a relationship with God requires communication in order to grow. God speaks to us in prayer, through our feelings. As we get to know Him better, we understand Him better.

I would encourage anyone who is struggling in their marriage or in their life to attempt to know God – your life will be better for it.

What about you – how have you come to know God, and how has it affected your marriage?

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