I Want To Believe



Often we may think that believing in God is some type of feeling that will convince us about God's existence. There may be a desire to believe, but not the feeling of belief. Perhaps we're going about this all wrong.


You see, feelings can be right, but they can be wrong also. In fact, feelings can be very strong and yet proven that there is no basis for having such feelings in the first place. I can feel a certain way about something, and later discover new information that may change the way I think and ultimately feel.


Feelings rely on information. We can feel a certain way and be wrong about the way we feel. It can be the same thing with regards to multiple religions in this world. Just because we feel a religion is true, does not make it true. Something is true only if it is true. Profound hmm? Not if you feel it is true. Feelings don't make something true.


Someone can feel they don't believe, and yet come to believe after learning more information about God. Any belief we have is grounded on some information we have acquired and a decision we personally have made to trust in it.


The same is true about God. He has left us with a lot of information about himself in history, archeology, eyewitness testimony in the Bible and we make the choice to put our trust in it. We can consider alternatives, but ultimately belief in God best explains reality.


Belief in God is rooted on the information He has left us as well as his promise of the Holy Spirit that indwells believers. We have personal experiences with Him, that no one else can weigh in on because it must be experienced personally. We learn about his interaction with us in the Bible, and we can confirm it's truthfulness in our life.


Never think that your faith is merely a feeling. It is a decision. We can have questions and search for the answers, but ultimately, our belief leads to a relationship with God. Something that transforms us and fills our life with joy and a hope for what God has promised believers in the future.


Let your feelings be impacted by your decision to trust that God is who He has spoken He is. Make the decision, and your feelings will catch up with you soon enough. Anyway, feelings are not that necessary in order to live with your decision to believe in Jesus.


“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17