How much is God really involved in our lives?

Evolutionists and atheists would have us believe that God is just a figment of human imagination created by religion to make people behave through fear and superstition. There’s no such thing, then, as God being involved in our lives.

But a lot of religions don’t think God is involved in our lives either. God, or the gods, simply set the world in motion, and we humans either tune in to what the gods require and get a nice reward if we do, or we disobey and fall short of what the gods require and get a much smaller reward, or no reward at all, or even a trip to hell. It’s all rather mechanical and cold: Obey the rules and we’ll be fine. Disobey and we’re in trouble. God, therefore, is only involved in our lives in giving us what we deserve, for either good or bad, when our lives end. And his only involvement now is to tally up our daily goods and bads, and see which of the two tips the balance at the time of our death.

There are others, however, who believe God is super involved in our lives. He’s taking note of our every action and thought every second of every day, and reacting accordingly. And if we’re being good and making right choices, he makes things work out well for us, but if we’re weak and straying off track and not behaving ourselves as we should, he makes bad things happen to us. He’s like a suspicious boss watching our every move to see if our work is up to snuff, and he’s only in a good mood if we’re perfect.

But what if God does exist and he loves us and he made a free ranging relationship with him possible, that allows us to learn and make choices at our own pace, that makes room for all sorts of doubts and questions, that accepts we don’t always feel good or energetic, that totally takes into account our weakness, our moodiness, our frustration, and days or even weeks when we don’t think he’s involved in our lives at all? What if?

And what if he’s true to his word that he’s in everything with us? We make the choices, yes, but he’s in our choices with us, and he’ll willingly and lovingly help us discover and grow as much as we want him to?

Because that is what he promised, that he’d be with us and in us in Spirit, his own self, all the time. In other words, he loves being involved in our lives, and always for our good, both now and forever. What if?

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Does it matter if God exists?

Evolutionary scientists have created a world without God. He never existed, they say. The world just came into being by natural forces.

Assuming that to be the case, then what kind of world have we got? What’s it like?

Well, it doesn’t exactly inspire much hope, because according to the theory of evolution, the driving force behind this world boils down to just one thing: Survival. You either adapt or die, chum, and all through creation it’s this way. The animals and plants we have today, evolution says, are those that adapted best and quickest to climate change, food supply and predators. They’re the survivors. They did what they had to do to survive and that’s why they’re with us today, because that’s the way the world is and always has been. It all comes down to “survival of the fittest.”

It all sounds terribly harsh and cold, but to an evolutionary scientist like Richard Dawkins, it’s beautiful. Look at the ingenious mechanisms plants and animals have come up with to assure their survival, he says – and how they came up with them all by themselves too, proving the world can take care of itself without any need for God, a higher power, or “Intelligent Design.”

Well it may be beautiful and enduring to the likes of Richard Dawkins, but the bottom line is still Survival. We’re all here for no other purpose than surviving. One has to wonder, of course, why a universe came into existence in the first place if its only purpose was to keep itself surviving, but that’s the world of evolutionary science. Survival is the reason for everything, and there’s no point in looking for anything more meaningful in this world than that.

It’s not surprising, then, that we humans are so completely preoccupied with survival too. We’ve created a dog-eat-dog world, where self-advantage is all that matters – beating the competition, climbing the ladder at work, being a nice guy in the community – all to promote ourselves and our own well-being. Why? Because it’s survival of the fittest, right? That’s the way life is, and for billions of people on this planet, that is the way life is. Every day is a struggle for survival, and yes, only the fittest survive. But evolutionists don’t seem to mind that at all. It thinks survival of the fittest is beautiful.

But that’s the insane world of Evolution. It cares for nothing but how things evolve to survive, and if the weak have to suffer and disappear because they don’t adapt, so what?

So, does it matter if God exists, or not? Well, look what the alternative to God is….

Proof God exists? Hope, impossible hope!

“And what do you wish for in the New Year, Jones?” “Well, sir,” Jones replied, “I’d like some hope.”

“Hope?” his boss asked, looking shocked, “I can’t offer that sort of thing, Jones. Hope isn’t what we offer any of our employees in this business. We do our work, get paid, run out of steam after forty years and retire. There’s no hope in any of it, Jones, just a steady treading of water until you can’t tread water any longer.”

“Yes, I’m aware of that, sir,” Jones replied, “but you’ve been here for years, so what keeps you going? To me it all seems so pointless.”

“You’re quite right, Jones, it is pointless. Utterly futile, actually. So I asked myself some time back why, if I was God, I’d make most people’s lives so tedious they’re counting the days to retirement. Forty of the most productive years of your life and you can’t wait for it to be over for something better. Doesn’t make sense, does it? So why bother working at all, I wondered, especially when most of what we produce in this company is a criminal waste of the Earth’s resources, and we’re not contributing anything of lasting value to anyone?”

“And did you find an answer?” Jones asked.

“Well I can’t help wondering why – when I know what I’m doing here has no future whatsoever – I’m able to function quite normally. Despite the uselessness of it all, and despite knowing that this year isn’t going to be any better than the last one, I can still go out for coffee with friends and we talk as if everything is fine. It’s an amazing phenomenon. But you experience it too, right? We all have this amazing capacity for hope, even in the worst situations, that keeps us clinging onto life even when we know it’s hopeless.”

“So I asked myself why, if I was God, I’d do this for people. Why give us hope in a hopeless world? But what better proof could God give us of his existence than providing us with something impossible? Hope in our world? Don’t be daft; who in his right mind has hope in a world like this? We live and die and we’re soon forgotten, end of story. But we have hope to keep us going anyway.”

“So that’s my answer, Jones. I keep going because of a hope I cannot explain I have, outside of God giving it to me. And it somehow keeps me going in this ridiculous world for another pointless year. So don’t come asking me for hope, Jones; it’s a miracle you’ve already got.”

(Based on Romans 8:20-25)