What is God’s place in our modern world? I think the best way for me to answer that question would be to describe my own journey to God.
It was a long and involved path, but the fact that I ended up where I am today could give inspiration to others who are struggling to make sense of it all.
I’ll begin from my lowest point, spiritually speaking. At the age of 20, I found myself skeptical of God’s existence and became an avowed atheist. What’s more, I made it my mission to convince others of my view — an outlook that was thoroughly materialistic, this-worldly, and anti-supernaturalistic.
My life, as I regarded it, was totally bereft of meaning (apart from any that I chose to personally ascribe to it) and would completely end at the death. But what caused me to change my views?
Nearly 18 years later, as I was researching near-death accounts, I came upon startling evidence. What threw me for a loop were the documented testimonies of formerly skeptical doctors.
When some patients were able to provide detailed information of incidents and surroundings — obtained during the time when they were pronounced dead — and the attending physicians found themselves completely at a loss to explain the matter, this blew my mind. I suddenly found myself facing no other choice but to admit the existence of a soul and a spiritual realm of some sort.
My belief in a spirit world was fortified even more as I considered the spectacular mound of evidence in ghostly and paranormal activities. Clearly, there is a dimension beyond our own mundane one whose occupants sometimes invade ours.
To this end, I would never be the same again when I was afforded the chance to witness for myself a genuine haunted house here in St. John’s.
Having made the journey from atheist to some sort of supernaturalist, I was determined to find out more about the origin and meaning of this spiritual realm.
Immediately I was drawn to the works of Christian apologists.
They proved to me that Christianity is not a speculative philosophy, but presents itself as an intellectually viable explanation of life and the universe, indeed the best explanation there is.
But it is not enough to admit the truth of Christianity, for God demands a relationship between ourselves and his Chosen One, Jesus Christ.
The more I read the Bible, the more my faith grew.
For example, the passage: “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.” (Romans 10:9) gave me blessed assurance.
Reading God’s word daily, in addition to attending a decent church, has helped me further to become a confident Christian.
So when I reflect on the question of God’s place in our modern world, I have no other answer than this: God has a place because it is ultimately His world; we humans are simply his tenants.
David St. George writes from St. John’s