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Why would God, if He truly exists, be silent after I have asked for faith? Either he does not exist or he does not care for me.

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Thank you for your question about why, if God truly exists, he would remain silent after you have asked for faith. You have concluded that either God does not exist or he does not care for you.

I wonder whether you are satisfied with your conclusion? After all, you have submitted this question, and so there must be some part of you that wants to continue to explore. I hope this answer will help you along your journey as you seek to find the truth about God.

You say that you have not felt God’s presence in your life for many years, and have prayed and prayed for faith, but he remains silent. Seeking God is certainly a good thing. Jesus said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

However, I wonder what you are expecting from God when you pray for faith? You don’t say in your question, but are you waiting for some feeling to come over you, when suddenly you believe and experience God’s presence? I suppose it is perfectly possible that God could answer a prayer in this way, but that wouldn’t be the ordinary meaning of ‘faith’ or the ordinary way that God reveals himself.

Faith means ‘trust’ or ‘belief’. If you looked at any other area of your life, trying to work out whether something you had been told was true, you would examine the evidence. There are all sorts of different types of evidence that we use in everyday life, such as scientific evidence, observational evidence, eyewitness testimony. Once you had investigated the evidence, you would then decide whether you believed the facts or not, and you would make your decision based on the strength of the evidence.

It is the exactly the same when investigating the claims of Christianity. As Christianity is based around historical events and eyewitness testimony, the way to investigate whether it is true is through the historical documents – the Bible. Some people claim that we can’t trust the Bible because it is written by Christians, who must be biased. However, the Bible is simply the collection of the earliest and best evidence about Jesus from those who knew him best and were eyewitnesses to his life, death and resurrection, so it in fact the best place to start in a search for God. I encourage you to investigate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in the Bible.

Again, I say that praying for faith generally isn’t the ordinary way that God reveals himself. You mention seeking faith in God in your question, but nothing about faith in Jesus. The Bible tells us that it is through Jesus that we come to know God. Jesus said,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me. … Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:6-9)

We are told in the book of Romans where faith comes from.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

The word of Christ is the Bible, where we read that Jesus Christ is God, but he came to earth as a man. He lived a perfect life, accompanied by many miraculous signs. He then died on the cross, before being raised from the dead. He was then seen by many eyewitnesses, a physical, bodily resurrection. The bible tells us that he died on the cross for the sins of all who follow him.

The question is whether the resurrection happened, in which case Jesus is God and he truly exists. Or whether it did not, in which case the disciples were either lying, and willing to die for something they knew wasn’t true, or they were all collectively deceived in the many resurrection appearances described in the New Testament. In seeking whether God exists, don’t just ask generally for faith, but ask for faith while you explore the evidence as to whether Jesus was God. You might want to start by reading the books of Mark or John, both of which are eyewitness accounts of his life, death and resurrection.

The Bible says that

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Seeking God with all your heart includes investigating this claim that God came to earth and died for you.  God brings people to faith by opening their eyes to see the truth about Jesus, and giving them a new heart that wants to follow him.

If Jesus died on the cross and rose again, then in answer to your original question, it means that God does exist, and he does care for you. Indeed, his love for you was so great that left his throne in heaven at great cost, being put to death on a cross so that those who believe in him can be saved. You need to assess the facts and then make the decision whether or not you will believe them. Will you believe and put your trust in Jesus? 

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church.  It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question.  I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question.  Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world.
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Here are some more Bible verses for your further consideration:

  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
  • So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
  • “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

All Scripture references are taken from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.

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