"I would like to know what you or your husband would say to people who are not sure there is a god at all, and would like to come to a conclusion about it."
Green, Hubby may guest post on this one and answer it completely differently than I will. He's finishing his Sunday sermon today, but he'll answer it. But as for my answer:
I am not the person to answer this question for someone who is desperately trying to believe. Stop reading here if you are. But if you are just someone who needs to know more, than I will proceed. I myself constantly struggle with questions of faith. I do not call myself a Christian because I have not "accepted Jesus Christ as my savior." I believe there was a Jesus, I believe he was crucified and I'll even try to accept the immaculate conception. But I cannot fathom how someone dying takes away the sins of the world. I just don't get it. And please, do not try to make me understand. Some of the world's best theologians who get paid big bucks to teach this stuff have tried. It's just something my mind resists.
And I am someone who has been taught a little about a lot of religions. I am not ignorant to other cultures and beliefs, but I tend to lean towards Native American beliefs. I believe that there is an inherent power that flows through the world and that there is definitely good and evil. But I am also the daughter of a scientist. For a long time I needed empirical proof. How can there be a God if I can neither see or speak to him, her or it? How can God let bad things happen if he, she or it is all powerful? According to our religion, I can not go to heaven because I am not a Christian. How can that be if I have led a good and charitable life? All of these questions block our ability to believe in God.
So over the years, this is what has worked for me. I believe in a higher power because I choose to believe in a higher power. Since the beginning of times, humanity has made up gods and goddesses, creation stories and told tales of a power greater then ourselves. I believe that our inherent need to believe in something that controls our natural order (even before humans could write) speaks to the possibility that there is a god. I have seen my daughter pray for snow in the south in late April and get it. I have seen my daughter pray to see dolphins only to have them instantly appear. I have seen how my husband can be fearless when I am weak because his faith is so strong, he doesn't worry about things that he has given over to a higher power. And his faith carries him over the rough times and through things that would topple a lesser person. In fact, if you could meet my hubby, just his sheer faith can allow you to believe. I'm not kidding. He's not one of those pastors who screams about hell and brimstone, or makes you feel bad if you have a "past." He just has this deep faith that calls to others and in a way I think that in itself is proof of a god. Of course, Manson had a way to call people, too....
All of these things can be attributed to coincidence or chance or a person's character. But I, as a thinking, intelligent person, have decided that I choose to take comfort in thinking there is something greater than me that I can call on in times of need. Now, I may not be calling on the Christian ideal of "God" but that's not what you asked. "What would I say to people who are not sure there is a god at all, and would like to come to a conclusion about it." I would say look at your life. Would a belief in a higher power give you comfort? Would it give you strength? Would it harm you in any way? If you answered yes, yes and no, then I would say just try choosing to believe for a year. Just accept it and try. See what happens. Millions of people claim to live better lives because they have faith. I would also say there are so many things that happen in this world that there is no other explanation BUT a higher power.
I know that doesn't fully answer your question or give you a reason to believe, which is probably what you were looking for. But I don't believe anybody can be made to believe. I don't think everybody is supposed to believe. Without some conflict and dissension there is no reason to believe. Then we would just be mindless robots ready for the Matrix. But that is my story and I am sticking to it.