Why did God give us the ability to procreate?
He could have created every human at once in the same way he created Adam, but instead, He gave us the great blessing of having children. I think at the heart of this is God’s ultimate desire…To express and reveal his great love for mankind. You see, children give us perspective for God’s love, so that we can better understand it. I would have a very hard time understanding how much God loves me, but then I had my own children and it became increasingly clear. I love them as much as I know how to love. I love them so much that I would willingly die so that they could live.....And that is just what He has done for us.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” - John 15:13
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." - Richard Dawkins
Many atheist and critics of Christianity use faith against those who believe and follow Christ, as if we believe in God, the Bible and the claims of Christ simply by blind faith. Well, for the record, that is not the case.
I believe in God because of the evidence.
I believe in the authority and accuracy of the Bible because of the evidence.
I believe the claims of Christ because of the evidence.
I am a skeptical, logical, realist, Christ follower.
It is illogical and willfully ignorant for an educated person not to believe these things. In truth, science is a great defender of theism. Scientist know that life only proceeds from life and that there is no way for life to exist apart from One who can create life. Scientist know that our universe had a beginning and inorganic matter is not capable of "choosing" to exist. Scientist know there had to be an a first uncaused cause by something existing outside of the physical, temporal realm (God). No honest scientist can believe in Darwinian Evolution, because there is absolutely no evidence for it and Darwinian Evolution contradicts proven science, ie. thermodynamics, biogenesis, genetics, etc.
The problem is not a lack of information.
The problem is a heart condition, but it can, thankfully, be remedied by God. You see, He will enforce the heart position you choose to take. Humble yourself and submit your life to Him and He will soften your heart and further reveal Himself to you. Harden your heart and resist Him and He will harden it even more, which is actually an act of grace to lessen your accountability and judgement.
So, I do not believe in God, the Bible and the claims of Christ by faith.
I do, however, follow Him by faith. He doesn't always give me the whole picture. In fact, the Apostle Paul wrote that "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." You see, walking with God, trusting God....these will always require a degree of faith.
If you want to believe in God, submit and surrender to Him. Then you'll not only believe in Him....you'll know Him. It won't take long and you'll believe in satan too.
God has a plan for my life?
Every Christian wants to know the plan of God for their life, but often view it as a grand, specific, future event. I have certainly been guilty of this. With this thinking we are easily discouraged and dismayed, not seeing these grand events unfolding in our lives in our expected timing.
The plan of God, however, is not a grand, specific, future event, but an ongoing, perpetual plan that unfolds day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute, often leading to grand, specific, future events.
What is God's plan for your life?
It's right in front of you, right now. Be faithful. Don't despise the "small things", but trust and obey, minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day. Then someday, God will use you in a grand, specific, future event and you'll once again see that He is completely sovereign over all things, yet intimately acquainted with every detail of our lives. I am truly blown away to know that I get to be a part of God's plan to redeem mankind, but I must remember that my part doesn't happen later....it's happening right now.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6