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Why I Believe in God

The Areopagus

In Acts 17, the apostle Paul engaged in a discourse at the Areopagus, which was a bare marble hill next to the Acropolis in Athens. The name literally means, “Rock of Ares,” and got its name from the Greek God Ares who, according to mythology, was tried at this location for the murder of Poseidon’s son Alirrothios. Ares was the god of war and was known to the Romans as Mars so this location is also referred to as Mars Hill. It was common for men to gather at this location to discuss the important issues of the day. Paul was given the opportunity to share and gave some of the most compelling reasons why I believe in God:
He created us. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth.” (v. 24) Only the existence of a creator can explain the intricacies, beauty and complex nature of our world. Even the simplest of the organisms are too complex to be a product of chance. The reasoning ability and creative force of mankind cannot be adequately accounted for by random acts of nature. There has to be a creator and that creator cares about his creation.
The idea of God resides in all humans. Every culture has the idea of something big. Religions have risen up around the globe to honor the being that is bigger than us. Societies have risen up throughout history with the driving notion of ruling the world. Men dream of great ventures and building vast civilizations because the idea of something big in life cannot be extinguished. Paul reminded his hearers, “the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.” (v. 24-25) You cannot help but think big ideas because the realization of a God who is bigger than life resides in your soul.
The necessary elements of life are consistently available. “He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (v. 25) Everyday, the building blocks of life are presented to sustain living creatures. There is enough sunshine to keep things warm but not so much that everything would burn up. There is enough rain to grow crops but not so much that the earth is constantly flooded. There are enough cold days to kill pests and create storehouses of ice and snow for the summer months but not so much that everything dies of frostbite. The seasons change every year. The rains come every year. A balance of night and day takes place every day. If it were up to chance, things could not have arranged themselves in such a delicate and consistent balance.
All humans long to be in relationships. We are driven to gather in societies and relate to one another because God is a relational being and made us in his image. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” (v. 26-27) The reason God provided all that is in the world for us is so that we could discover the possibility of having a relationship with him. He is reaching out to us continually and he has given us free will to reach back to him. Admittedly, people are looking elsewhere most of the time. They reach out to other humans, to possessions, to power, or to risky pursuits to find the fulfillment their soul longs for but God is patient. He is committed to never violate free will in his interactions with us. He will continue to reach out with the hope that all of us will eventually reach back and enter an interactive experience with  him.
As for me, I see evidence everywhere that God not only exists but he is intensely interested in those he created. Since he is that interested in me, I am going to get more interested in him!

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