It may be harder for people today to believe in any type of god let alone one who cares about them. There are so many groups opposed to the notion of God. God seems to be taken out of more and more areas of life by various groups, including our government. Science and higher education want to do away with the notion of god.
We might talk about self-improvement, developing better habits, creating a more effective way to do things, or become more disciplined or organized. But if you have noticed, most things based on willpower and desire fizzle out after a while?
This is one of those questions that don’t have a complete answer. Many in the bible, including Job asked this same question. However, we can derive from the bible some partial answers at least to this question.
Many have posed this question, and many more genuine Christians have wrestled with this question. The question goes back as far as Marcion – and he was one of the good guys. He was a well known bishop in the early church (160 AD). He contended that the God of the Old Testament (OT) was inferior to the much better God of the New Testament (NT).
The old atheists simply didn’t believe in “god” because they found him to be either a myth of one’s imagination or scientifically unproveable. These reasons still exist among the “new atheists”, but they have further grounds to not believe in “god.” The new grounds for new atheists are they don’t want to believe in a god like the one found in the Old Testament of the bible.
For many people who have grown up in the church during the modern era, it has been taken for granted that Jesus is divine. However, we are now in the postmodern era where everything is questioned.
Many people outside of the church are skeptical as to whether Jesus actually existed at all. For those who believe he did, many question whether he was really God or not. Even many inside the church today, and even some of the most devout followers of Christianity quietly question whether Jesus was just good or was he God?
The foundation of Christianity is Jesus Christ. Jesus makes it clear through the writers of the New Testament that He was both divine and human; and that He was the Son of God. Many in our culture, as in His day, may challenge these truths, but it doesn’t change what the New Testament writers wrote, including the Gospel writers and the Apostle Paul. The writer of John’s Gospel puts it this way: