When I was a child I knew about God and I didn’t doubt his existence much like I didn’t doubt the existence of Santa. My mom told me about him and Jesus and so of course it must be true because my mom would never lie to me. As I got older, its not that I began to question the existence of God, I just stopped caring. I didn’t care if there was a god or not because I never saw anything in my life that seemed to be effected by him. When I was 17 I went through what I know now to be a major depressive episode . I needed help and I needed it bad. I am not sure where my mother was in all this (why she didn’t notice or didn’t do anything if she did notice.) This would have been the perfect time for the Holy Spirit to guide me to God. Such was not a time for subtle hints. Where was this guidance? I was not yelling out for God to help me, for Jesus to save me from myself and what was going on in my head- but why would I? I had been apathetic to God and there hd been no one in my life to try to change that.
It is a parents job to raise their children to have the values that they deem important. Its also important to let them make up their own mind but without any guidance then a parent is leaving it up to unknown outside forces. So shouldn’t God have some responsibility to actually guide his children and not just sit back when they are in need and watch them fall further away from him?
HOLY SPIRIT IS… part of the triune nature of God. He is present in the world to turn us toward Jesus Christ and resides in the life of the Christian, providing supernatural guidance.
The above quote is from a flyer that I got at church last Sunday.
So the Holy Spirit is supposed to be a spirit that guides us to Jesus so we can be saved form eternal damnation. Where is this spirit? Where was it when I needed it?
I have been told multiple times that all I have to do is ask God to show himself to me and he will. What happens to people who don’t know that? Who are never around any one that can guide them? What about people who are never exposed to Christianity at all? There are entire populations that do not believe in Christianity. The Jewish people do not believe that Jesus was the first coming of Christ. Babies don’t know of anything past their immediate family. What happens to all of these people? Maybe babies get a free pass because they are babies. I know that many Christian churches do not baptize until 8 because they believe a child cannot truly sin until then and therefore would get to go to heaven without accepting Jesus. But what about all the adults?
This is where I would think that the Holy Spirit would need to be doing his job. If the Holy Spirit’s job is to lead people to Jesus why doesn’t that happen? I know, free will and all. If God really does want to all of his children to end up in heaven with him then why not make a more concerted effort to show himself to people who are teetering on falling away.
The key to any belief is knowledge. If you never told your children about any of the tenets of Christianity then they would not believe. Children are born atheists, it is parents that teach them to believe. So why is the Holy Spirit so quiet when he should be championing for people to believe?