If I’m going to be completely honest I haven’t always been 100% in Christianity. When I was little I had no doubt but as I got older it kind of just faded. I always knew that there is a God and that Jesus is real. That hasn’t changed and I don’t think it ever will. I’ve had an experience when I was home alone for a couple days while my dad was on his honeymoon a couple months ago. I never liked being alone at night in the house and I was afraid. I was cooking dinner and the song “No Longer Slaves” came into my head. The lyrics “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God” got in my head and that moment was the first time I had ever felt that God had spoken to me. It was an interesting couple of days because that song stayed with me. It gave me assurance that he’s there. I always knew he was there but i had never had anything personal happen with God. When I look around at the world I can’t help but believe that there was an intelligent designer. Everything around us is so complex and wonderfully made that for me, there is no doubt that God made it.There is plenty of scientific evidence for Christianity and the bible being true. The complexity of the world and everything that goes into to make it the way it is, is very significant. This points to an intelligent designer which the Bible talks about. God created the heavens and the earth and everything within it. Our DNA, for example, makes up who we are and what we look like. If one thing was missing from it the whole process will be messed up and we wouldn’t even be humans. For someone to say that DNA evolved to form what it is today is an absurd statement. Everything in it needs to be in its place or it can’t function so those pieces couldn’t have evolved to form together. Another scientific evidence that God is real and the creator of all is something can’t come from nothing. It has been proven through science that things don’t just appear spontaneously. If in evolution things died and evolved to be better for their environment then how do we have anything at all today. For example, a giraffe has valves in its neck to keep the blood from rushing to his head and exploding when he bends over to drink. If that giraffe didn’t have those valves it would have died. No giraffes could have ever even been alive. If the giraffe was dead then how did it evolve to get those valves. It doesn’t make any sense that something could evolve from something that’s already dead. The Bible is very historically accurate in the dates and times everything happened. The Bible has been checked and checked again by many different documents. They’ve checked it against ancient literature, and government records. They also fact check the geography and archaeological technology and analysis of objects like pottery, coins etc. and have found with all those components it is very accurate with time. It is the most accurate religious text there is. There used to be all sorts of denial about a lot of the tribes in the Bible but have since been shut down due to archaeological finds. Two archaeologists who are not christians have even said that it is one of the most accurate history sources there is. The evidence that christianity is real is pretty clear to me.1.) Watching the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham was very interesting. I learned a lot about how to defend certain areas of Christianity that I didn’t know before. A couple of ideas stood out most to me during the debate was when Bill Nye was talking. He had asked how all the plants had survived for that long amount of time underwater during the flood. I started to agree and now thats a question I want to do more research on. Another idea that stood out was when he was talking about the Ark and how there were 7000 kinds of things on the boat and that if it happened 4000 years ago, if you do the math it would mean that there are 11 new species everyday developing. I had never really thought about that before and it was interesting to hear him bring up that point. I guess I was challenged a little bit in my faith. As I said before those two points really stuck to me. Now i have questions about those situations and want to know if anyone has a good answer for them. The flood had always been a good point for proof for me for christianity and now I see he brought up good points. I still believed that the flood happened and everything the way it says in the Bible I just would like to see some answers for those questions. I definitely need to work on defending my faith. I’ve had a discussion before with an atheist and it was a little bit of an uncomfortable conversation and I did lack in some facts and ways to defend myself but it went okay. I’ve never been strong in that and I really would like to learn more so that if a situation does come up again I’m prepared. I want to know what im talking about and really be able to have a good conversation with a non-believer. 1.) Why would a good God allow suffering? That has been the question of a lifetime. That question has been asked for the longest time. Its especially asked to Christians when they are talking with a non-believer. Many people don’t believe in God for the sole meaning if this question. Others believe in God but don’t want Him because they believe that He’s not good because of all the suffering. Some people even believe that God is there and he is good but He doesn’t have control over the earth. He lost the control over our chaotic world. God is a good God and he does have control over everything and we go through suffering for many reasons. One of the reasons that suffering is here is because of the fall. Sin entered the world and everything was washed over by sin and suffering. Suffering also acts as a type of alert for us. The pain also acts as a way for us to get closer to God. It makes us realize we need Him and He’s the only one that can get us through it. In a world without pain or suffering we wouldn’t need God and He wouldn’t have a purpose to everyone here on earth. Pain is bad in the moment and might feel like the end of the world but it shapes us. It shapes us to be who Christ wants us to be and to be like Him. Human suffering also comes down to the fact that we have free will. If God had created us all the same and just to be forced to love him would be a terrible world. The pain come from humans having free will and rebelling against God. The suffering that comes upon us from other people is a direct result of free will. They have the ability to chose to do the right thing but a good amount of the time people still do bad. Even then we can learn from those people of what not to do and learn to be more like Christ. God allows things to happen to us for a reason. We may not understand at the time but God has a plan. The plan may involve intense suffering but in the end we will turn out better and more like God. We will learn to trust Him and that everything will be okay through Him. Suffering and pain is in the world because of sin. God had given us free will when we were created and we disappointed Him and sin entered. It is painful and frustrating at times as to why God allows these things but we need to trust him. We must learn that he has a plan and that all things are through Him. if we trust Him and follow Him closely, going through trials will be easier.
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