This post of parent corner we look to explore one of the big question when our teens are looking for their own identity and exploring what faith means to them. So what do you do when you are faced with the following question…
Does God Exist?
This is a question that everyone asks at some time in their life, maybe you have asked that same question too.
The Psalmist says,”the heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the words of his hands” – Psalm 19.1 and many Christians agree that creation does actually reflect order and design in the universe and the sheer vastness of the universe suggests that God does exist. Others have experienced an encounter with God through answered prayer, miracles or through other people. Have you ever had such an experience?
Not everyone believes in God, Atheists do not believe in God and to believe in Him is just wishful thinking. Agnostics are unsure, they cannot see how the existence of God can be proved either way.
You do not have to be a Christian to believe in God either, the actual word used to describe a person who believes in God is Theist. Remember Christians follow the teachings of Christ, however Jews follow the laws and prophets set out in Torah (Old Testament), however, both believe in God. Therefore, it can be said that both Christianity and Judaism are Theist religions.
Humanists are people who do not believe in God, they believe in the goodness and kindness that can be found in life. They treat everyone in a kind way as it is the right thing to do and you do not necessarily need God to be kind.
Believing in God When Bad things Happen
Bad things cab happen to us all at sometime, I am sure if you thought about it, you could share a story of a time when a bad thing happened to you or someone in your family. What happens to your beliefs when bad things happen? Can you continue believing in God? Unfortunately some people lose their belief in God, however others keep their faith because they believe that God may be testing their faith, or that people have free will and often bring suffering on themselves.
God’s Not Dead
In 2014 a film was produced called God’s Not Dead. The film follows an evangelical Christian college student who finds his faith challenged by a philosophy professor who believes that God does not exist.
The film also invites you to take up the challenge that “God’s Not Dead”. Why not have a movie night with your older children, invite some of your their friends round, order a pizza, grab some popcorn and sit down to watch this great film. It really helps to create a healthy dialogue, the worst thing we can do is pretend that this is not an issue. Here is the trailer:
The film also stars the popular Christian boy band, The News Boys, with their song “God’s NOT Dead” you can play the video of the song below: