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I believe in God but I'm not sure about Jesus. What is trust? Is it a feeling?
Thank you for your question about Jesus and trust.
There are many different religions in the world that encourage their followers to believe in a god that created and sustains the universe and has given some form of law or rules.
The difference with Christianity is that we believe no one can ever be good enough to know God because we can never fully keep God's rules.
This is where Jesus comes in. God knew we could not be good enough for Him, so He sent His Son into the world as a human being to save us. That is why we must believe in Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life, following God's rules completely and perfectly, so we know what a human life is like when God is fully worshipped and obeyed. He spoke God's truth so that we know what we should believe and obey.
He then died on the cross in our place for the wrong we have done against God, because death is the punishment we deserve. Because he died instead of us on the cross, our punishment has taken place and God will not punish those sins again. Jesus then rose from death and has returned to heaven, and He now gives a spiritually new life to all who believe in him. He also, with His Father, has sent the Holy Spirit to help his followers live this new life and experience God's love and help personally.
We still sin because, although our hearts are changed, we are not set free from temptation in this world. However, our experience of God's love through the Holy Spirit is a kind of guarantee that if we die before Jesus returns, we will on that day raised from death ourselves to live forever without sin in a universe God will recreate to be perfect.
Your question is very similar to one that Jesus had with someone called Thomas:
"Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know."
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You go, and how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me". (John 14:1-6).
All other religions teach that if you are good you will go to be with God. Christianity teaches that you can never be good enough but Jesus was good for you, to make a way for us to be right in the sight of God.
The second part of your question was about trust and if it is a feeling or not. Trust is believing something to be true and acting upon it.
The Bible says if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (Romans 10:9).
This form of trust usually brings with it a feeling of peace with God and confidence that the gospel is true.
The question for you is this: do you trust that Jesus is who he says he is? Are you willing to confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that he was raised from the dead for the forgiveness of your sins? Are you willing to trust him with your life?
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Romans 10:9
- John 14:1-6
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