If I may borrow from William Shakespeare, when it comes down to it, belief in God is a choice. We are free to believe in Him or not. Before getting into the pros and cons regarding our choices, perhaps we need to realize who God is. This is not my opinion but a belief that is universally accepted by the overwhelming majority of people on the planet. Just who is God?
As a matter of reference, God is the Creator of all things including time, space, matter, energy and all the elements of life. Therefore God knows the beginning and the ending already. As the creator of time He cannot be restricted by it. Time is relevant to us because we can only perceive it as we go through it. We can remember the past. As we look back things appear quite clear, hindsight is 20/20 vision. The future is yet another matter; we cannot know it until it happens. On the other hand it has already happened in God’s full knowledge because He is the author of all things. The only rules that apply to God are the ones that He set into existence.
With this stated why wouldn’t everyone want to honor God and place Him in His rightful position above all things? Certainly it would be more beneficial to have God as a friend rather than a foe! Simple, it’s because not all people believe in God. To unbelievers, suppose for a moment that what is said of God, were true? That would imply that God already know everything about you even before you know it yourself. It would also mean that God has seen your final outcome and you have not even gone through it. Even if God is only a portion of what is said about Him were true, there would be no greater ally to have on your side and no greater foe to stand against.
An inquisitive mind might say, 'let me investigate the matter to see if there is a morsel of truth to the matter so I can make an informed choice about this “God stuff?”' Something would need to compel a doubting mind to crack an inquisitive door open just wide enough to peek into the matter before they might be willing to go further. Something would need to give one enough faith in order to proceed further into the matter.
What would it take to make someone have enough faith to give God a chance? Would it require something horrifically bad to happen or would it require something spectacularly good to happen? Both are possibilities but only the Maker of the person knows which one would be more compelling. It doesn’t matter to the unbeliever because they do not believe in God. Even if a ton of bricks hit them over the head they still might not believe because until you open yourself to the possibilities, nothing tend to matter. Without the heart opening to God it becomes harder to believe because soon God will harden the heart and belief would no longer be an option.
The desires of the heart are usually the motivating influence over how we operate. It is likewise through that same medium that God intimately know us even better than we know ourselves. This is not the physical cavity that sustains life in us but more of the center core of our being. It is the soul and spirit of an individual I am referencing as the desires of the heart. When God blew the breath of life in our mortal bodies He planted in us a sacred chamber that belongs only to the Maker. Even though we might not know or fully understand all things about us, God intimately knows everything about us. There is nothing in the light or the darkness that is unknown to the Creator of all things.
If an unbeliever understood what he or she did not know they would literally beg God to bring them into the light of His truth. But until there is a softening of the heart the process does not begin. With that premise it would appear to be a standoff regarding the nature of belief itself. Before belief becomes a choice something has to compel one to believe. This is like, "which came first the chicken of the egg?"
I’m one to speak about such things because I have a very doubting mind. In order for me to believe in God it took a lot of time, a lot of study, a lot of life experiences, and finally a lot of surrendering my will over to a power beyond my knowing. Ultimately it took an ounce of faith, which was a willingness to try and then the long road was ahead of me but during each step of the way there was an unseen Helper.
Now that I am older and wiser it is my life’s mission to reveal something that other doubting minds, like me, can use to prime their belief pump. Even though no one can make another believe, God can open His door to the possibility and guide an unbeliever each step of the way once the heart is ready for the journey. The road that I took is not for everyone alike. God has a unique plan for each one He created. One thing I can assure is that if you are willing God is able. One more thing I would caution, do not expect something that is more precious and any amount of gold or silver to come easy.
Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” If you want what God has to offer, there are rules and methods, but they are fair and just:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
As I once did, a lot of people have a problem with the phrase, “in all your ways submit to Him.” I would answer; if you are currently living in a universe… experiencing life and being that God created from top to bottom… why would you even consider not submitting to Him? I surrender my all to God almighty!
To believe or not to believe, that is the question….