Is God Real to You?
For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:† Rom. 1:20
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Heb. 11:3
††††††††††† I live in a real world consisting of matter made up of various combinations of atoms and molecules. Regardless if matter is a piece of steel, a rock, or a tree, I can see it. It is real. There are some that would dare say it is not real but I guarantee you if I hit them upside the head with a rock their response would not match their deluded declaration.
††††††††††† This is a real world, and whether we are atheists or believers, both have to believe in the eternality of something, whether it be matter, energy, nothing, or God. We understand the things we see with our eyes are a result of some kind of process that sprang forth from forever. It matters not what you believe religiously or non-religiously, the fact remains there will forever be a forever of something, even if that something is nothing.
Since something or nothing has always existed, and since what we see has sprung forth from some kind of ageless process, then it makes sense to me that it calls for less faith and is superior logic to believe that life, personality, and intelligence came from life, personality, and intelligence. In my opinion, it takes far more faith and inferior logic to believe life came from non-life; personality came from non-personality, and intelligence came from non-intelligence. Regardless of our beliefs or logic, whether we are an atheist or a Christian, both have to place faith in what neither has ever seen in order to explain what is seen.
Something has existed forever with no beginning or end, and I believe that something is a someone, namely God. As creator, God is the ultimate reality because the unseen is responsible for the seen. As the ultimate reality He should also be our ultimate pursuit. He promised that whoever would seek Him with their whole heart would find Him.
God has revealed Himself through creation, conscience, revelation through the Scriptures, and personal manifestations. He has spoken to us in these last days through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. God has declared His existence, His ways, and His salvation to mankind. Be wise and turn to Him through His Son. Remember, In God we live, we move, and have our being.
I believe God is trying to let us know that genuine faith is not hoping that something might be, or that an event might take place, but rather a transcendence of awareness that what we canít see is more real than what we can see. This perception takes our eyes off the finite things of this world, and places them on the eternal, invisible, and ultimate reality, which is God himself. Be wise and invest in life with eternity in view. (Please read Romans 1:18-32).