I guess some of the most important questions anyone can ask themselves in their lifetime is: “What do I believe and why did I believe?”  Well, for every Christian believer who came to faith, believing in Jesus Christ, probably came through with different reasons and by different experiences. Even though we are all unique individuals with diverse cultures, backgrounds and personalities, but accordingly, God came and touched us individually and personally. How sweet is that!

So, have you ever asked yourself why did you believe? It’s always beautiful to reminisce back to the moment when you were first awoken to the love of Christ. And along the way, you know there is simply no way Christ can be refuted in your life. I’ve came up with 12 of my personal reasons why I believe in God – in Jesus Christ, just to share and here goes:

1.     I may not be a genius and sometimes I do silly things. But come on, that doesn’t mean I have evolved from apes or monkeys. We, humans, are carefully and wonderfully made; and His workmanship is marvellous (Ps 139:14). God’s own hands made and formed us (Ps 119:73).

We don’t have to be medical doctors to know that human bodies are so amazingly intricate and complex that it cannot be all accidental; a million years don’t change a thing. Darwin had a theory, and was conveniently accepted, but that doesn’t mean it is the truth. We are created in the very image of God Himself, we are God’s master piece (Ephesians 2:10), and not sprouted through a “monkey” theory (pun intended).  Also see my light musing post on God’s Intelligent Design.

2.     The entire universe is running so orderly and logically, covered with God’s fingerprints. It is irrational to believe that it all comes about from nothingness. It takes more “faith” to believe there is no God where everything was left to chance, than to believe there is One who made everything happening precisely as it is. Coincidences is a tiny word to fill a gigantic idea of Godless-ness. A miniscule difference and the entire earth goes into chaos; and we are facing a small extend of that with global warming.

Well then, if everything is so finely tuned; it definitely points to a higher order; a master Creator. “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”- The World as I See It, Albert Einstein. The big bang theory came about because God Spoke And Bang! It Happened!   Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.   Romans 1:20

3.     Life is empty and meaningless if there is no God. Everything ‘under the sun’ is ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Nothing made sense because what is the point of pleasure, work, and living – the meaning and significance in life? The struggles of life, the sufferings, the fears and worries, are simply not worth it. Everything is futile (Ecclesiastes 1), like chasing the wind. What is the point to gain the whole world but only to lose everything at the end in death?

Every human knows deep inside us, we have a sense that life is more than this earthly reality; a void that only eternity can fill.  Life will take on a different perspective when you acknowledge God, a God that is the Beginning and the End of your existence (Revelation 22:13). Even a small flower that blossom for a day will give glory to God. Life becomes a fresh, bubbling spring (John 4:14); Jesus came to give a rich, satisfying – abundant life; a life that is free and led on good-favoured pastures (John 10:9-10). A life that is finally worth living, and this is only the prequel!

4.     When we give our life to Jesus Christ, we are a new creation, the old life is gone and our new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17) [the exclamation mark came from the bible]   The real life transforming power found in a relationship with Jesus Christ, has always been improving people’s lives; giving them forgiveness, freedom and wholeness. Life transformations are taking place found nowhere else; bondages set free, diseases cured, fear expelled, dead raised, wounds healed, relationships restored, life prospered and countless more; experienced personally and from testimonies of others. A testimony is a good report of how much God has done touching one’s life. There is surely no short supply of such from a loving and powerful God.  “… tell them everything God has done for you.” Luke 8:39

5.     I know this is a cliché, but this is really a relationship, not a religion.  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends…  John 15:15   Which deity calls you a friend? Probably even your own political leaders wouldn’t. Jesus came personally in flesh into the world as a Saviour; how much more personal and intimate can you get? You probably can go through all the religious rituals, do all the right religious works but it will not be a relationship if the higher power would not come down to your level, it will be just empty rigors of religion – a unilateral “rain dance”.

Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations, rewards and punishments, doctrines and principles, performances and duties, the state of mind or way of life.  At it’s very core, it is a daily (or constant) personal encounter and communion with God, through the person of Jesus Christ.

6.     Salvation is astonishingly simple. We didn’t need to climb Mount Everest to receive our salvation in Jesus Christ. Our only pilgrimage is to go into our bedrooms (Matthew 6:6). We don’t need to accomplish any 4 laws, 5 pillars, 8 rules or even 10 commandments of must-do tasks. In fact, the instructions are barely 3 lines: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10

I believe, contrary to most writings out there; God’s salvation cost us nothing, it is free. God made it easy for us to accept the precious gift (Matthew 11:28-30). Instead, it cost God dearly – everything, His only begotten Son.

7.    Eternal salvation cannot be earned by mere human efforts, it’s purely by God’s grace. To think we can earn our way to heaven is nothing but worthless humanistic pride. Frankly, nothing expressed better than the Scriptures: We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6  I totally agree, our best human efforts nothing but rags, offensive filth to God. I have been there – done that!

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9    So now, I just rest completely in the finished work of Christ! Woohoo!

8.     God, the Holy Spirit is with us always. He is the seal of our standing with Christ, He is the very proof that they we are his people. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. Ephesians 1:13-14

And the Holy Spirit is not passive, He is the very blessing and power of God working in us (Acts 1:8). You see, we don’t even have to plead, summon or invoke the Holy Spirit; He is already in us – we have the very power of God in us. We are His royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), as kings and priests under the new covenant, we have a double portion of power in our speech, in our prayers and in our declarations.

Also think about it, a holy divine Spirit of God Himself indwelling within our earthly being; He left His 7-star heavenly dwelling to reside in our erm… “still-in-constructions”. We know we don’t have all our acts together, but hey, even so, He would not leave or abandon us! (Hebrews 13:5)

9.     Jesus Christ came down as one distinctly human and lived in our midst. He became flesh (John 1:14). He got hungry and was tempted like we are (Luke 4:1-13). He walked, He wept, He did what you and I do everyday. More importantly, He truly enjoyed the relationship with fellow human beings; His disciples, His followers – both Jews and Gentiles, and even little children (Matthew 19:13-14).  Jesus didn’t just issue lightning and thunderbolts of orders from an ivory throne tower in heaven. He didn’t get the angels to do all the dirty work for Him. How can any deity sympathise and relate with human beings or what we have to go through? “Easy for you to say, you aren’t human!”

But, Jesus was birthed as a human and died as a human and resurrected as a human. Having resurrected, He shows his hands and feet, let Himself be touched and eats with His disciples, all to show that he is not a ghost (Luke 24:36-43). And Jesus is still human today. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33  Jesus accomplished something no one else can, by a God but as a human.

10.     Jesus Christ declared His divine status (John 8:58 / John 10:30-33 / John 14:10-11 / Revelation 1:8). Who else on earth have done so? Who dared to proclaim to be God? Either he is a lunatic or He meant who He say He is. Jesus had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself… Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Philippians 2:5-8 

And Jesus did not stay dead, 3 days later, He conquered death and resurrected to life. We did not have a dead god, we serve a living God where even death is defeated.  But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

11.     Jesus Christ is the very face of God. He is not a messenger, He is not a prophet. The gospel message is not send through a third party, it is directly from God Himself. I know the Jesus I will meet in person in heaven is the one written in the Gospel, there will be no surprises.

Jesus reveals God, as the Father (John 17:25-26). He reveals Himself directly as; the living bread from heaven (John 6:51), the light of the world (John 8:12), the saving gate (John 10:7-10), the good shepherd (John 10:11-15), the Son of God (John 10:36), the resurrection and the life (John 11:25-26), the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), the true vine (John 15:1-7). The God Jesus revealed is not a stern faced, indifferent and condescending God. Jesus came and revealed Himself as a passionate, lively, loving, kind and graceful, self-sacrificing, nurturing God.

My eternal salvation in heaven is guaranteed, not just a maybe or even probably; there are no mysticism, vague statements or subjective speculations.  There are no other claims of a definite assurance of  eternal salvation such as this redemption, through Jesus Christ. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-3

12.     Most of all, it is God who first love and pursued us. We could never know a higher power unless He came to our level and let us know Him. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. John 15:16   God is always the One who first initiated the relationship. It is Jesus who is standing at the door of our hearts knocking and calling out, waiting to come in and commune with us (Revelations 3:20). We just have to respond and open our door to Him. I will not know how to love unless He’s first love me and taught me to love.  This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10  I will not live on for eternity in heaven if He did not first come down from heaven and lay down His life on the cross on earth for mine.

In the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-24), the Father was waiting everyday for the wayward son to come home. A long way off, when the Father saw him coming, filled with compassion and love, He ran toward the son. The Father ran; not the wayward son. God the Father ran!  Filled with love and compassion to embrace you and me. The Almighty, Most High, Most Holy, The Creator –God ran!

There is nothing more God can do to prove His existence conclusively for now. There is nothing more God can do to further show His love; He had already given His all – His Son, Jesus Christ. Certainly, everyone at some points in their life, will have to decide for themselves if they want to follow this loving Saviour… I really hope you came to a good personal conclusion.

For those who like to come home to the Father, through Jesus Christ, please see A Prayer To Accept Jesus Christ.

For those who took the leap of faith and following the Way-Truth-Life, will know subsequently that it was He who first gave us the faith to believe in Him (Hebrews 12:2) and the overwhelmingly blessings and joy that comes with the choice (1 Peter 1:8).

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