I heard many times from preachers that I should have a defense of my faith. As my FIL finishes his life in a nursing home, I have contemplated this more than ever. He was resting well on our last visit although the medicine can only moderate the pain of the growing brain tumor.
Many decades ago, I spent several years looking for the answers to “Who is God?” I read some of the Bible but it made absolutely no sense in the moment. I sought expert opinions in the way of preachers, elders, and other learned voices. Far too often, I heard verses thrown back at me without context. The most popular was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
I thought to myself, “If it lacked meaning reading the verse, it had less value hearing it.” I continued my search until one day as gave up my hunt, and God entered my life at its lowest point. It was upon reading and hearing his word with the Holy Spirit interpreting it for me, that it came to life in my daily walk.
In this this experience I answer when someone asks me why I think God is real. I only saw contradictions and hypocritical statements in a rather large book of nonsense before God to feel a loving God wanting the best for me after receiving the Holy Spirit. There is a Proverb that states the fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding.
You see we do not fear objects that are not real. When God became real to me, his enormous presence dropped fully down on me. I understood his greatness and that instilled fear of God in me. This fear was quickly overcome by his love flooding into my life and with the love, and understanding of his words. I still have a lot to learn about God and his wants for me, but trust Him for the proper instructions.
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