How does religion make any sense? With no scientific proof, how do we know that any of that God-talk is true? How can we believe?
I am writing as a Christian.
I heard a preacher on the radio, recently, and he talked about the power of God. He made a good point; God is more than an argument. If we have some intellectual belief that we can discuss, we have nothing, and we will probably lose most of the arguments. God must have power in our lives.
The Bible uses strong language. If the power does not save us from death “our preaching is useless and so is your faith … [and] we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15: 13 and 18)
Without the power of God, we are world-class fools.
If you want to see an intellectual argument against believing:
Christopher Hitchens was a Marxist who argued against all religions. We can see his skills in the video.
Believers cannot win enough of those arguments. If we only have ideas, we are “most to be pitied.”
With the COVID pandemic, or endemic, arguments are everywhere, and some intellectuals are very skillful. Believers don’t have a chance in these contentious times.
So, how do we answer and how do we believe now?
Have you been robbed? Ever?
Trouble comes on us at any time. I wasn’t robbed or assaulted today, but a small problem came at me. I was driving on a one-way street and another car came at us around a bend in the road. Visibility was not good, and the other driver came fast. I was going the right way, so he was going the wrong way, and he knew that.
When he got near me, I was about to talk to him, when I realized that he probably talks the way he drives. I was about to have an argument, and possibly I was going to be assaulted. I looked into those angry eyes, and let him pass.
I am a Christian, and I am supposed to believe in the power of God. Looking back, I see how the timing was just right to avoid an accident, by a few seconds. I also had a little voice in my head that warned me to let him go without a stern lecture about his bad driving habits.
That could be the power of God, protecting me. There is an old word for miracles that we hardly notice, “the providence of God.”
My story is simple, but the consequences could have been severe. Other people are robbed and possibly assaulted, and they have to make decisions quickly, in very dangerous situations.
You might have heard of a movie “Captive” that tells the story of a struggling woman who is captured by an escaped murderer. She was a Christian and that was all she had to answer a dangerous man with a gun. The story started when a stranger walked up behind her and pointed a gun.
At the end of the story, he let her go and surrendered to the police. God had power in that story:
There is another story about a woman who was working in a shop. A robber came in with a gun, and she had no defence. When he demanded money, she talked about Jesus. That was a dangerous choice, but it worked. The thief argued and tried to take some money, but in the end, he turned and walked away, without hurting the store worker. God also had power in that story:
These two stories show more than the providence of God. Some power protected those women.
We must have power from God, more than just ideas to argue about.
We are promised that God:
“Heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.” (Psalm 147: 3 to 6)