What God Do You Believe In?
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
When talking to people about our faith and their belief or none belief in God we must regularly ask: What God do you believe in? Or alternatively, what God do you not believe in? We must never assume that when people say they believe in God or don’t believe in God that they are speaking of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must invite them to articulate the understanding of the God they believe in or don’t believe in. To simply assume, that we are referring to the same God is futile. My experience is that many people who say that they believe in God or don’t believe in God have at the very best a Sunday school understanding of God, or one picked up from the media or from movies, etc. Such people have never really thought through or seriously considered the God they say that they believe in or don’t believe in. Thus, by getting them to articulate their understanding of God we are able to clarify that it is not the same God that we believe in and we are then able to elucidate briefly what we mean when we use the term, God. Now there are people who have seriously thought about God and rejected God and don’t want or need God to be part of their lives. Well, at least they have made their determination on the basis of understanding. Then there are the New Atheists who continually pit the best of atheism against the worst of Christianity. Well, their arguments must be countered for the sake of those who buy into them. However, ultimately we can never argue people into the kingdom of God all we can do is to help remove some of the obstacles and live faithfully trusting in the Spirit to work mysteriously in changing their hearts and minds.