Sunday, 13 March 2011
I was reading an article by a Rabbi about the existence of God. In it, he says that perhaps one of the stronger "scientific" arguments right now is that we don't have any proof to the contrary, evidence that says God doesn't exist. He points out that, with all of our scientific knowledge of genetics, we ought to have at least a basic idea how all life started. And yet, we don't.
It got me to thinking; in the past month or so, I've been in two conversations about that with total strangers. Both times, I was with my boyfriend, who is a seminary student. The first time, we were waiting at the bus stop so I could go home for the night, when a man walked over to us. He asked us if we knew Jesus. Of course, our answer was yes. He then asked us why we believed in God (and then went on to tell us that he is a Christian, too). The second time was on a Greyhound, coming back for spring break. We were having simultaneous conversations with the people in the rows in front of and behind us. The young man in front of us, a self-proclaimed non-believer, asked us why we believe that there is a God.
Both were candid, revealing moments for us. My response, both times, was that believing in God makes more sense than not believing. Until science gives us better answers, divine creation makes more sense than random happenstance. And besides that, I have this feeling that there has to be more to this world than just "fact" and "science", such as it is. My boyfriend's response was more along the lines of his relationship with God the Trinity. He has felt God's presence, and he has a relationship with God.
Our answers are so different, and yet, they are both "valid" reasons for believing in God. It was an interesting chance to see what we believe. I feel that thinking about our faith this way is a good exercise to see what importance we put on God and to make us better witnesses.
Have you been in a similar situation, where a stranger has asked you about your belief? In a sentence or two, can you summarize your reasons for believing (or not believing) in God?