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JIM ‘PAPPY’ MOORE: Why I Believe in God

By Jim “Pappy” Moore

There are only two choices when it comes to God. You either believe there is a God or you don’t. If you don’t, you may be atheist, or you may be agnostic, but either way it’s a fact you don’t believe in God.

My Dad was a preacher who died young, at age 45. He never did anything for personal gain or power. He was a man dedicated to his belief in God and his devotion to Christianity. He was better to the world than it was to him. Imagine the fortitude of a 35-year old white man in East Texas in the early 1960s who would walk into a black church over 100 times and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ without being paid to do so.

It is hard to be around that kind of commitment and not be affected by it. But I’ll tell you the truth: when he died at age 45, when I was barely 22, I cried out to God “Why?!” It all seemed so wrong, so unnecessary. I lost my faith for a time and it took a while to get it back. 

When I was searching for answers in my twenties, I read all kinds of books about God. One quote that always stuck with me was this: “I believe in God because it’s more fun than not believing in God.” That may seem flippant, but I found hope in that. 

People who don’t believe in God scoff at the very notion of God. They laugh at the thought God created our universe and embedded within it physical forces and laws that control all things. Meanwhile, they believe NOTHING created the universe out of nothing, or out of a speck which contained all the matter of the universe. Who is kidding who, here? That old song from the 1970s comes to mind: “Nuthin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’”.

It should be easy to understand this simple thought: mere mortals comprehending God is virtually impossible. Humans have fashioned their own versions of God, or of many gods, to suit their own regions, their own understandings of nature, and so forth. Into all this there is one God who has said “I am that I am” and “thou shalt have no other Gods before me.” To me, that sounds like the God who is in charge of the universe.

Throughout our world, the belief that there is a life after this one is found from remote tribes seldom having contact with others to every point on the globe. We may differ on the God we believe in, but more people than don’t of our 8 billion humans believe in a God. Who is right? The people who believe in a God, or the people who worship only themselves? I believe those people who believe only in themselves are the people who plot and scheme to control the rest of us. They know no God, so they know no limits on their own behaviors. 

I pray. I do exactly what Jesus told me do say when He told us how to pray: 

“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

If you cannot understand there is a power in this universe higher and better than your own personal opinions, you are lost. I mean you lack a compass. You lack comprehension of the vastness of the power of God. 

The best people I have ever known are people of faith, who strongly believe in God, and who bow before God in humility and thanks.

Copyright 2024, Jim “Pappy” Moore. All rights reserved. 

 

6 Comments

  1. Dale Duren on February 25, 2024 at 8:02 am

    It has become apparent to me that logic is not an effective means of convincing people to trust in God.

    • Jim "Pappy" Moore on February 28, 2024 at 8:07 pm

      Dale, old pal, you are so right. Logic starts and ends with one’s own beliefs.

  2. Mike Capps on February 25, 2024 at 1:26 pm

    There’s an old made up story that further drives home your point of nothing comes from nothing. The story goes that at some point in man’s existence he became so knowledgeable that he was able to replicate making man from dust as God did. God saw this and decided to once again speak directly to man as he did in olden times. God asked man “so I understood you can make man from dust as I did. I’d like to see that”. Man said “no problem “. Man then bent down to scoop up a handful of dust”. God said “ hang on you need to get your own dust”.
    Like the article. It’s far easier for me to believe Almighty God placed the sun exactly the right distance from the earth to sustain life than to believe it all just happened by accident. I’ve built storage buildings before. I wish I could just throw up all the building materials in the air and they all just fall into place.

    • Jim "Pappy" Moore on February 28, 2024 at 8:12 pm

      Mike, that is a great story and great example. I really don’t know how some can believe it all just started with nothing but a speck that became the universe, and that our Earth just evolved until we have these millions of life forms that we cannot replicate. Make a bee that can fly, and make honey, and do all in a forty day lifespan.
      To me it’s a lot easier believing in God than in believing in the other version of the universe.

  3. Fred Nicholas on February 25, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    All Hail the Power of Jesus name. Let Angels prostrate fall. A very nice article Jim. And I remember your Dad.

  4. Jim "Pappy" Moore on February 28, 2024 at 8:17 pm

    Fred, thanks. I remember your dad, Buster, too. I wish my Dad had been the type that enjoyed the Boy Scout activities like hiking and camping out, but that was not his way. I think he had all the hard living in The Depression to last him a lifetime. They never had an indoor toilet or running water when he was growing up, and he sure loved having that as a grown man. He didn’t get a home with an indoor toilet until a month after I was born.

    We have been blessed beyond measure, and I wish younger generations felt the same way we do, which is thankful we live here and we have all this.

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