not sure it's possible to convince someone God exists.
I think it's a realization everyone must come to on
their own. Arguing won't do it, logical reasoning
won't do it. I don't know the figures on how many
people world-wide are agnostics or atheists, but I
have a feeling the percentages are small. I believe
anyone who's ever taken some time for contemplative
thought must believe in some sort of higher power.
We may disagree on the nature
of God, on specific attributes, but most all of us
(especially those taking the time to visit this site)
believe God exists. What evidence do we have? Again,
I think it's a personal issue, and varies from one
individual to another. We've probably all had personal
spiritual experiences, or witnesses that God exists.
While these experiences may not be used as evidence
in a court of law to prove God is real, to us, the
experiences and feelings are real and cannot be denied.
Even if we've had several
strong spiritual experience in the past, we're in
constant need of renewal. We need to recharge our
spiritual batteries. Reading an uplifting book, prayer,
meditation, and serving others can all be ways to
feel the spirit of God (and his love) in our lives.
Another method that works for me, is taking the time
to appreciate the many beautiful things in this world.
Why was such a beautiful world created? Why are we
endowed with the intellect and senses necessary to
appreciate beauty? I argue it's to tune us in spiritually
back to God.
Many religious thinkers bemoan
man's physical nature. They recommend we deny our
physical selves to approach God. I think we're here
precisely because we need physical experiences for
our spiritual development. By using our physical senses
to appreciate the beauty around us, we become closer
Each of us have different standards
of beauty, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
There are also various places to find beauty. For
some it may be music: classical, jazz, country or
rock and roll, whatever type speaks to us. Maybe for
you it's all types. From Antonio Vivaldi to Trisha
Yearwood to Lenny Kravitz, all types of music can
Beauty can also be found in
nature. There are so many scenic locations throughout
the world, and you can experience them while driving,
or hiking, camping or even fishing. My personal favorite
is travelling on a motorcycle. I feel more a part
of the surroundings, and it also satisfies my "need
for speed". I've found beauty in the deserts, in the
mountains, and near the ocean. Sunrises, sunsets,
forests, rock formations, the stars at night, have
all drawn me closer to God. On a recent family vacation
to Arizona, while admiring the beauty of the mountains
near Scottsdale, I was inspired to write the following
touch the creator
feel the love
soak it up
send it out again
share with others
I also like images of space.
I'm awestruck by them, and have included many on this
site. Most of these pictures have only been made available
in the recent past, due to scientific and technological
Works of art can also inspire.
Even though art and architecture is man-made, good
art definitely displays the inspiration of God. Take
the time to go to a museum, or enjoy an art book.
I've been fortunate to live in Europe and visit some
of the museums there. I've also seen some architectural
triumphs, from the Alhambra to Notre Dame, and every
time I felt closer to God.
For me, (I'm a man, I admit
it) the beauty of a woman can also be very inspiring.
A beautiful smile, the sound of her voice, her warm
eyes, soft hair, nicely curved body, all make me thank
God for the beauty we see all around us. Fortunately,
I'm married to a woman with all these features, and
the most beautiful heart as well. I consider myself
I often feel closer to God
in the presence of small children. I feel a vital
energy force coming from them, and when I hold a child,
I feel a little younger, and a little more innocent
I could go on, but I think
the point has been made.
As you can see, you can feel
closer to God in a church, or outdoors, with others
around, or alone. The most important thing is to take
time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.
Take time to contemplate the meaning behind the beauty,
absorb it, and slowly God will be revealed to you.