Not too long ago I was approached by a fellow who wanted some help in talking to an atheist friend. “It’s funny,” he said, “this fellow is an atheist but all he wants to talk about is God.” One of the fascinating wonders of our world is the fact of religion. People simply cannot avoid it. We are innately religious. Even those who reject God continue to talk about Him. And there is good reason. It’s the way God created us. The Bible says, “He has also put eternity in their heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). There is a sense of deity within us. There is a God consciousness present in us from birth.
This being the case, men and women must act on this sense of the reality of God. On one side, they will suppress and reject the notion of God. But even in their rejection, they cannot escape Him. The rejection of God is really an affirmation He exists. On the other hand, men and women begin to seek God. This can be the beginning of a real relationship with Him. “He who comes to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
That’s simple. To come to God, you must first believe He exists. That is, you accept the fact of His existence. You no longer suppress or reject the truth welling up within you. And so you look for more. You seek a relationship with God. This means there are different levels of faith. Simple belief in the existence of God is one thing. Trust in Christ as the Savior of your soul is quite another. When you believe in the existence of God you have an intellectual faith. But when you come to God through faith in the sacrifice of Christ, you have saving faith. You become an adopted member of God’s family.
Today’s podcast is also called, “From Faith to Faith.”