I Want to Believe

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | Heartless God

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | Heartless God

I. The question is deeper than does God exist. It’s the question behind the question.

A. If God exists and doesn’t care… Who cares?  If God is indifferent, what difference does it make?

  • Truthfully, whether God exists is really irrelevant. The true question, the deeper question, what really matters is Does he care? Why does he seem so heartless?
  • We have all asked the question. How can God allow this to happen? It’s a fair question. On a personal level if you ever have a crisis and call out to God and he seems to be absent sometimes when we don’t know who God is we project motives on him that really come from the human heart and God isn’t human.
  • Is it possible that suffering is our fault and God does exist? And he is broken hearted for our choices?

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | Killjoy God

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | Killjoy God

I. Looking at religion you see so many do's and don'ts, thees and thous

  • I want to believe in God, too many rules and regulations.
  • What is the benefit anyway? Why should I follow a God when it really gets in the way of what I want to do.

There is a difference between being a Jesus follower, and religion.     

II. Bad news about religion. 

A. Religion focuses on the external, rather than the internal. 

Matthew 23:25-26 - “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.
  • I make a list in my heart even though I don’t realize I am doing it. If I do these things and don’t do too many bad things, then maybe I will be right with God. Trying to close the gap with human effort.

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | On-Demand God

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | On-Demand God

On-Demand God Doesn't Exist. Rejecting false view of who God is: Distorted view of God

GOD DOESN’T EXIST TO SERVE US. WE EXIST TO SERVE HIM.

IF GOD IS NOT AN ON-DEMAND GOD, WHO IS HE?

GOD’S HEART IS ALWAYS LOVING.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?... 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39

God doesn’t prove His love when He answers our prayers.
God proved His love when He sent His Son—While we were still sinners!

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:6