As I start one of my final weeks as a freshmen here at Oklahoma State University, I have also just finished my final paper for my philosophy of life class. I am so thankful that the great professors here offer extra credit. My professor who I feel should not be named has brought up some major subjects throughout this semester, it is his job as a philosopher to bring up a controversy and then argue why he feels he is right. We have talked about knowledge, the mind, and now God. I wrote my final paper on the existence of God.
Many philosophers, scientists, and other people have tried to disclaim the existence of an all power being, who is in every way perfect, in this part of the class that has shown to be just as significant. Our professor wasn’t trying to have us deny God but more or less develop our own opinion on why he exists. The first week was rough, being within the bible belt most responses came as I grew up with this belief and I show no reason to see why it’s wrong. I of course like my opinion and think it was a great response to the question that most christians forget to ask themselves. “Why do you believe in God?” Although saying I was raised this way or that is just what I believe could be a valid opinion, it was not taken as a valid response.
It was brought up to me that day the many things we hear most often about Christians, it isn’t that they sin just as much as I do but they cannot explain why their belief is all powerful or how their God is perfect.
I didn’t write my paper trying to encourage my professor to believe in God or his perfectness but explained the ways of the bible and the people by Jesus’s side as he went through things we can only fear. I wanted him to grasps the realness of the prophets and the things becoming true. I wanted my teacher who does believe in the perfectness of God, to also believe in the existence of him in our life too.
Most people revert the bible “to back in the old days”, when the things happening to the people then happen now, no we don’t exactly get rocks thrown at us for believing in God but we do get the lash of hurtful degrading words that in our era we take as getting rocks thrown.
God is a perfect being because in our good and bad times he shows the compassionate, loving, and comforting being he is. Those words can’t even describe the feelings God actually gives.
My response to my teacher might be something he does not expect but it is the only way I can personally describe how God is a perfect being for me. “I was a victim of sexual assault my 8th grade year and as I coped with this existence while others looked down on me, the only person I could confide in was God. He kept me going each morning to get up and smile. Although my time with that burn mark was not one I like to reflect on it truly shows the compassion God has for his children. I have no other reason to not believe in God or his perfectionism, he is the sole reason I am here today, and gives me the purpose to keep going. Today I will fight the good fight to keep sharing my story to those in need of love and compassion, because I know the man upstairs is the only one capable of giving as much as we need. Although at times I do not think I deserve his love he gives it anyway. At life church this past sunday the preacher said something people around the world heard but it couldn’t of spoken more clearly to me. ‘Never put a period where God has put a comma.’ My story does not deserve a period because it was not the end. I was a victim of sexual assault, but my God has not forgotten nor forsaken me but instead showered me with love and compassion because he is the all powerful and perfect God.”
I think its time we start sharing our stories, because our difficult times show how similar our era is with the men and women of the bible. It’s our time to be the disciples of God, so start sharing.