“Is there a God?” Over the next few days, we’ll be exploring this topic, sharing insights from Mormon bloggers (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) about their belief in God, how they know God exists, what that faith in God means in their lives. (You can also read some thoughts from various Mormons about some of the things that help them know there is a God.)
Today, Cory shares some of his thoughts on the topic of God at his blog, “A Good Husband.” Consistent with the purpose of his blog, Cory begins his post (entitled “Is there a God?“) by talking about how his belief in God is a foundation to his marriage — that the belief in God and an afterlife and the potential for eternal marriage has been what has kept their relationship strong and intact.
Cory has always believed in God, but when he was a Mormon missionary, serving among a Chinese community, he realized that talking about a belief in God can be difficult in a culture where a belief in God isn’t common. He learned that:
[Y]ou can’t convince someone intellectually that God exists. They’ll likely never see God’s face, and intellectually based conversions don’t last anyway.
So how can one come to know if there is a God? Cory considers that question:
In the Bible, Hebrews chapter 11, Paul states that faith is the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” To know that there is a God then, is to find the evidence of what you hope for. Most of humanity hopes for a better life, for more time with their family, to understand the purpose of their life and why we are here on earth. This must be studied out through careful pondering, and prayer.
…[J]ust like marriage, a relationship with God requires communication in order to grow. God speaks to us in prayer, through our feelings. As we get to know Him better, we understand Him better.
If you believe in God, how have you come to know that He exists?