How to Believe in God without Seeing Him?
Many people around the world dare say “Could I see God, then I would believe in Him.” Of course, all humans long to see God! This is the truth of all the humanity. Yet, that is not a bad attitude to long for God. It is part of our humanity. Even in the time of Jesus Christ, there were people who ever wanted to see God. For example, in the very presence of Jesus Christ there was an Apostle named Philip, who asked Jesus to show them “God” the Father. This disciple said “…Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” John 14:8. Of course, Jesus knows that all the Humanity longs for God.
Why Can’t We See God?
Now if God is believed to exist, we need to know why we don’t see Him. Yet, first of all, we need to stop to think of the reason why we all long to see God. The reason why we all long for God is revealed in the fact that every creature would love to have fellowship with its Creator. Even the sheep love the fellowship of their Shepherd. Upon seeing the Shepherd, the sheep don’t run away from Him. Instead, they hear His voice and follow Him because they know Him (John 10:14). Now with regard to this, the Bible—the Inspired and Written Word of God— says that there was a time when the Humans could enjoy the fellowship of God their Creator. They had a face-to-face relationship with God—they would see God. What a tremendous relationship was it to see God face to face! Yet sadly, the enemy came and caused Adam and Eve to sin. And sin broke this face-to-face relationship with God their Creator. No longer could they see God! Yet, God ever wanted to be with them and live with them. But sin having caused this sad separation from God, they could no longer to look at God (Exodus 19:21, 22). Instead, they were subject to running away from God. Says the Bible, having they sinned, they went into hiding from God: “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3:8 KJV. See, Adam and Eve (the symbol of humanity) were banished from the presence of God due to sin. And this exile brought every kind of suffering upon all the humanity (Gen. 3:23, 24; Romans 5:12). See, since we belong to Adam and Eve, and they were banished from the presence of God due to sin, we too can no longer see God. Yet, God does exist, He of course is. It is only we sinners that cannot see His glorious face (Isaiah 59:2).
Through Jesus Christ God Is Revealed
Now God knowing that Adam and Eve had sinned, He provided them with the solution. Of course, it is not God’s will that we should live separate from Him. So, having they wandered from His presence, God looked for the lost humanity in order to bring it back to Himself. When Adam and Eve ran away from the presence of God, the Lord did not stay quiet. He called to them saying “…Where art thou?” Gen. 3:9 KJV. And after the investigative judgment that God made with them, God saw to it that there should be no union between them and “that great dragon…the serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). This hope was revealed when God promised to send them “Jesus Christ the Seed” saying “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shalt bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Gen. 3:15 KJV. This becomes more evident that it refers to Jesus Christ, when we turn to the book of Revelation where find that this woman bears a male child whom the dragon, that old serpent, the Devil seeks to devour through King Herod the Roman emperor (Rev. 12:3-5; Matthew 2). Here we understand that God’s people are “not to unite with the Devil”. Now, since God’s glory had left Adam and Eve, God evidently had to slay some lamb to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness of sin, thereby pointing to the death of Jesus Christ, who is “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 KJV.
So as it is, Jesus Christ—the eternal Word that was with God and He himself was God (John 1:1-3)—had to become human so as to come for our redemption. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 KJV. No doubt, in Jesus Christ God is revealed. “No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” John 1:18 NLT
Jesus’ Appeal for Atheists to Believe in God
Jesus himself throughout his ministry always taught that he had come to reveal God to the world (John 14:7). So, in answer to Philip who wanted to see God the Father, Jesus said “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.” John 14:9, 11 NLT. Now, you might say “Well, that’s for Philip who saw Jesus face to face, not for us today.” But as long as we know that Jesus did come to the Planet Earth, that teaching does work for us as well. After all doesn’t the History confirm that Jesus once lived in this world? Doesn’t the History confirm “the Before Christ and After Christ era”? Doesn’t it make us sure that Jesus was here on the Planet Earth? Of course, you do know that the History confirms it! So, since it is true that Christ once lived here, His teaching is still appealing to us today. Whoever has seen Jesus, has of course seen God. Even the other name of Jesus Christ “the Immanuel” confirms it, as says the Scripture “…They will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’.” Matthew 1:23 NLT. And to prove this point, when Thomas saw the Lord Jesus after His resurrection, he glorified Him, saying “My Lord and my God.” John 20:28. Why? It is because Jesus Christ is God Himself incarnate or “in human form” (John 1:1-3, 14). The Father’s will for sending His Son Jesus Christ into the world was that everybody by beholding Jesus might believe that God is and that He longs to live with His creatures just as all the humanity longs to see Him [God]. And Jesus wants you too, who did not see Him, to believe in Him as the Immanuel who reveals God to the world. Remember, Jesus rebuked Thomas for wanting to believe in Him only by beholding Him—you are to believe in Jesus even without having beheld Him: as the unbelieving Apostle Thomas— on seeing Jesus— said “My Lord and my God.”John 20:28, then Jesus told him “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:29. See, since Jesus reveals God to the world, He blesses you who are making up your mind to believe in God through Him even without having seen Him [Jesus Christ].
The Sabbath Reminds you of the Creator God
Sadly, many people around the world including many professed Christians have given heed to Evolution Theories rather than to the Creator God, because they have given their blind eye to God’s fourth Commandment—the Sabbath Commandment—the only Commandment which reminds us of the Creator. Now you might say “How is that?” Well, just remember that God in this Commandment not only tells you to keep the Seventh-day Sabbath holy, but also does He tell you why you should keep it holy, as says the Bible “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8, 9, 11. KJV. Therefore, the only reason God gives for keeping the Sabbath is that on this Seventh-day God rested from all creation work, thereby blessing and sanctifying it, so that each and every creature of God should observe this wonderful day, which is a memorial of God’s creation work for us (Gen. 2:1-3). So, the purpose of keeping the Sabbath is to remind us that God is our very Creator and that only He is worthy of our worship (Rev. 14:7). No doubt, the Sabbath refutes the Evolution. By keeping the Sabbath you declare that God is your Creator, that only He can create, bless and sanctify you. It says “God is the Creator of the whole universe; only to Him are we accountable (not to evolution theories).”
You Will See God Himself
In fact, you who have made up your mind to believe in the unseen God, and purify your heart through—Jesus Christ the Immanuel—are indeed blessed, because you will see God (Matthew 1:23; 5:8). When sin is put to an end, in the world to come, we will live with God and see Him just as Adam and Eve before sinning in the Garden of Eden, could live with and see God. The Lord brought this perfect and wonderful world in vision to the Apostle John. Says John the Prophet “And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Rev. 21:2-4 KJV. And he goes on to say “And he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God and it sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal.” Rev. 21:10, 11 KJV. Wow, what a wonderful life will be to live and see our Creator God forever! Oh friend, I realize that you and I have never seen God! But, in the sinless world to come (2 Peter 3:13), we will see God face to face and live with Him forever. Says the word of God “And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.” Rev. 22:4 KJV. Now, my appeal is that like Job who couldn’t see God but believed that one day he would see Him (Job 19:25, 26, 27), you too should believe in Him, for the time is coming when you will surely see God as He really is.
The Sabbath in the Sinless World to Come
Now, it is so compelling that you should observe the Seventh-day Sabbath as reminder of the existence of God the Creator, for even in the sinless world to come, the Sabbath—the memorial of God’s creation power—will still be kept holy, as says the Bible “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:22, 23 KJV. So, since God instituted the Sabbath right at creation and God’s people in Old Testament kept it, and Jesus also kept it as well as his Apostles (see Gen. 2:1-3; Mark 2:27; Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 4:16, 31; Luke 23:55-56; Acts 17:2; Acts 18:4), you too the follower of Christ must keep it holy. Only the Sabbath is the mark or seal of God’s creation power, thereby making Him worthy of our worship. So, the Sabbath Commandment as well as the other Commandments is eternal. Then, if you want to worship God on the Sabbath in the sinless world to come, you should better do so now, as in a preparation for the wonderful event.
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