“How do you believe in God?”
Is a question I’m often asked.
Honestly, I believe in God in the same way that others do not. Through faith.
“faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
The idea that some of us are “people of faith” while others are not is a false ideology.
We cannot prove the existence of God in the same way that we cannot prove the absence of God.
All of us must decide what we believe about God without the luxury of absolute proof.
Those who believe in God and those who do not, exercise faith to make this decision.
Perhaps this is why so many people adopt an agnostic position. Choosing to distance themselves from the problem of belief with a generous dose of indifference.
I find it fascinating that so many of us have enough faith to drive a car without checking the brakes, but not enough to decide what we believe about God.
With that said, perhaps a better question is not how but why.
Why do I believe in God?
When I consider the infinite complexity of our world and the universe in which it spins. When I stand amazed at the wonder of the human body and the mystery of the human heart. When I hear a thousand birds singing the sun to sleep as children laugh in the distance and the moon covers the ground with a thin silver blanket. I simply can’t arrive at any other conclusion than to believe in God.
I know that there are those with enough faith to attribute the miracle of creation to chance and circumstance. Fortunately or unfortunately I am not one of those people.
I only have enough faith to arrive at the most reasonable conclusion.
When I am silenced by a sunset, in that moment, it is more reasonable for me to believe that someone placed it in the sky than it is to believe that coincidence created something so undeniably beautiful.