Harry Short asks for proof of God’s existence (Jan. 27, “Organized Religion? No gods for this guy”) but where is his proof that organized religion is as dangerous as organized crime? Or that the religions that get the biggest crowds are the ones that (only) offer entertainment and the promise of an afterlife?
Most of the churches that attract the biggest crowds are the ones providing the greatest help to people in the community. What is his proof that there is no afterlife? I don’t know what the proof is for Father Time and Mother Nature, but even Darwin himself disavowed some of his previous “truths.”
Proof of God’s existence is something individuals must discover for themselves. Years ago, I joined a church in Fairfield because it reached out to help the community, with programs like The Leaven. While attending there, I was encouraged to pursue a relationship with God on a personal level, through regular reading of the Bible and following its teachings; especially the example of Jesus Christ. During this process, the God of the universe has responded by answering my prayers and taking care of me in innumerable ways. This is my proof of his existence.
No one lives in a “godless” vacuum. People who deny the existence of God, our creator, have plenty of other “gods” that control their lives. Quite often they elevate themselves to that position, claiming, “I’ll do it my way.” The rise in crime seems to be in adverse proportion to the removal of God and the Bible from the public arena and daily life.
I hope and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14) that God will forgive us and deliver us from the consequences of disregarding him that is now overtaking us.