“I believe in God, but I’m beginning to move more towards the idea that God doesn’t exist.” It was another day on campus and as we were listening to students like this one share their hearts and where they were in their spiritual journey, this conversation stood out as a very meaningful and encouraging one. His name was Conner. He had been recently thinking about the necessity of a God. Part of it, he believed, came from wondering, “If I can be a good person without God, why would we need Him?”
“Sure you can be a “good” person,” I replied. “You can do the meditations, pray five times a day, or do whatever, but to what end? What’s the point?” He paused a bit in his thinking to contemplate on his answer. He had questions, but more than that, he was struggling inside. He explained that in doing these things he would hope to gain a good life and even access into heaven. He believed there was a hell. “How could God be so cruel to create us to find him and end up in hell?”
I explained to him, “Let me make this clear, we all deserve hell. It’s not as if some people are good and they get in and others don’t. We all deserve it, but God has made a provision in Jesus, so that we don’t have to spend eternity separated from Him.” Sharing Romans 5:8 with him earlier helped to make this point understandable.
Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I continued to explain that it’s up to us to chose whether to accept that provision or not. Conner seemed very cut to the heart, but was appreciative of the conversation. Needing to head to class, I gave him my contact information before he left, affirming him that we could continue another time when he wants. “God wants us back. We have to come to him asking for forgiveness to restore that relationship.” As he left, I couldn’t help but wonder about the many other students like him who are searching for God or on the brink of giving up that search. Maybe these students meeting us will be a sign to them that God is closer than they think, and that He can be found.
Act 17:26-27 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, (27) that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.