I am a Christian, but I’ve only believed in God for a very short time considering my age. I was taught that the universe and life on earth came about by a process of time and chance from as far back as I can remember. It was all I had ever known.
There was no need for God in my philosophy as the world made sense this way. Even though my world made sense without God, I was still curious if he existed. I know now that we were designed by God to have a desire to know him.
Over the years, I would often come across Christians and I would ask them why they believed in God. I always got the same two answers: either: "I’ve always believed in God" or "The Bible tells me so". Neither of these explanations were compelling arguments for the existence of God as far as I was concerned.
However, my world was about to turn upside down…
When I was over forty, I met some people who were Christians, and like always, I asked them why they believed that God existed. Surprisingly, they had something totally different to say. They said that they knew God existed because, according to them, the scientific evidence points to creation, and not evolution, and thus to a creator. Of course, I knew that they were ignorant, and I told them so.
But, they were very confident in what they believed. They basically dared me to read a book to see if they were right. I fought it for months, but, I ended up deciding that it wouldn’t hurt to read a book.
They loaned me a book about fossils. The book didn’t really have anything different than I had always been taught over the years in science classes, natural history museums and television nature shows, but it used some logical arguments that I had never heard before. It showed that the fossil record consists of separate and distinct types of animals with no blending in between as we are led to expect from the theory of evolution. The conclusion was that the basic types of animals were created by God and then genetic variation took off from there and developed the different types of animals within each group. For example, Collies, German Shepherds and St. Bernards are just different types of dogs and are all the same genetically.
Fossils: Key to the Present by Duane Gish, Richard B. Bliss, Duane T. Gish, Gary E. Parker
They loaned me another book about the origin of life, how complicated life is, and how difficult it would be for life to be an accident. The book concludes that life had to be created by God.
Origin of Life by Richard B. Bliss
I read yet another book,
Many Infallible Proofs by Henry M. Morris
This book, like the others, concentrated on the scientific evidence against evolution and for creation. By the time I started reading this book I had an insatiable curiosity to read more and more books. Here is a list of some of the books I read that convinced me that God exists: My Reading List
Most of the books I read were by scientists. This really surprised me because all my life I’d been told that evolution was “scientific” and creation was “religious”. Now, I was reading books by scientists who believed that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” as it says in the first verse of the Bible.
I was particularly interested in the scientific information because I had always been interested in science. But, as the authors were Christians, they always wove the reasons they believed the Bible through the books.
As I was learning about the fossil evidence and geology, etc, I was also learning how these things fit with what the Bible said about creation, the flood and the Tower of Babel, among other things. I learned that the Old Testament not only was compatible with physical and biological evidence, but I learned that there were lots of places in the Old Testament that talked about Jesus.
My insatiable reading continued and I read many books. During this time, I also began dating and then fell in love with one of my friends who initially told me why he believed in God. I started going to church with him. Before church he would rehearse with the other musicians that did the music for church and I would read my books.
At some point into my reading I stopped believing that evolution was supported by the scientific evidence. But, on the other hand, I still did not believe in God or creation, either. This was a very confusing period of time for me. I also was reading the Bible by this time even though I did not believe in God. During church I would listen to the music and the sermon politely, I but never believed any of it – until one morning about nine months after I started reading that first book about fossils.
One Sunday morning during rehearsal I was reading one of my books and I suddenly started to cry. I didn’t know why. But I kept reading. I started to shake and continued to cry, but I kept reading. All of a sudden, I felt something that I can only describe as being filled by God. I suddenly believed everything. I believed in God, I believed that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and I believed that Jesus is the name of God.
My boyfriend was still rehearsing, but he could see that something was happening to me. When rehearsal was over he came to sit by me and we both cried during church. After church, the pastor’s wife came running over to me. It was obvious what was happening to me.
At this point I couldn’t talk because I was crying and shaking so much, but she led me through a prayer and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and became born again as a Christian.
This all happened during nine months during the year 1996. Since then, I have kept reading more books. Each book gives me more and more confirmation of what I now knew to be true.
Now, I want to share the things I’ve learned with others. I want others to know that God exists, that the Bible is his Word and that his name is Jesus.
My website tells a lot of the things that I learned that convinced me of these things:
Here is a list of some of the books I read that convince me that God exists:
My Reading List
By the way, a short time after I was saved my boyfriend proposed marriage and we are now very happily married.