Does Christianity have a future? I recently read an article asking that very question. Our world is rapidly changing. We are taught to question everything. And everyone wants proof. Does God exist? Are the stories of the Bible real? Was Jesus truly who He claimed to be?
Unfortunately, tangible proof is hard to come by when it comes to Christianity. Our faith is just that – faith. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of historical evidence for Christ, the Bible, the early church, etc. But there is also a lot of controversy. This also doesn’t take into account the very existence of God. For many, the God of the Bible is simply a fairy tale. Everyone has their reasons for skepticism, but in the end it usually comes down to a lack of proof. We can’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that God exists. (On the flip side of that, we also can’t prove that He doesn’t…)
As a follower of Christ, I can tell you with full confidence that I believe in the existence of God. How do I know? The answer is simple…my testimony.
Every person on the planet has a story to tell. Maybe it’s one of hurt and pain. Maybe it’s one of joy and laughter. For most of us, it’s probably a little bit of both.
Looking back at my life, I’ve had my share of triumphs and defeats. But even in my darkest days, I can clearly see God’s hand on my life. He brought me out of darkness into the light. He renewed my heart and mind. He gave me strength and patience when I thought I couldn’t go on. He gave me joy even in the midst of sorrow. Every amazing thing I have in this life came from Him. Every time I messed up, He brought me through to the other side – stronger than I was before.
When God delivered Israel out of Egypt and led them to the Promised Land, He gave them an amazing and powerful treasure – a story to tell. They would be God’s people – a chosen nation who would be living proof that God is who He says He is. Yes, He gave them the Law of Moses and told them to obey, but it wasn’t just about the rules. He proved to them that He was the one true God, and He did that through their amazing story of deliverance.
Has any other god dared to take a nation for himself out of another nation by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the Lord your God did for you in Egypt, right before your eyes. He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other. He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it. Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants, and he personally brought you out of Egypt with a great display of power. He drove out nations far greater than you, so he could bring you in and give you their land as your special possession, as it is today. So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. – Deuteronomy 4:34-39 (NLT)
God didn’t just give Israel a bunch of rules to follow. He made a covenant with them. He proved Himself to be faithful to His word time and time again…even when they were rebellious and disobedient. It was this story of faithfulness that God wanted the Israelites to pass on to future generations.
Their faith in God was not defined by the Law – it was defined by their story of God’s power and grace.
But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Never forget the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, “Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.” – Deuteronomy 4:9-10 (NLT)
Our stories are powerful. God’s Word tells us that it is through the blood of Jesus and the power of our testimony that we can defeat the enemy. (Revelation 12:10-11) We can try to prove the existence of God using history or philosophy, but our transformed lives cannot be argued against. I know that God is real because of what He has done in my life as well as in the lives of my family and friends.
If you’ve never had a true encounter with God, I challenge you to seek after Him. The Bible tells us that God will reveal Himself to all those who seek after Him wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
When God has proven Himself to you by transforming your life, no other proof is required – and no one can take that proof away from you.