Having missed out on a Euro 2012 place after struggling with injuries over the final months of the season, England striker Darren Bent recently expressed how his faith in God helps him to cope much more easily with such disappointments.
Bent is not the only footballer to believe in God, but his comments further highlight that no matter what one’s personal situation may be, there is still a need for God.
It never ceases to surprise me how many people can completely reject the possibility of Christianity being true when there is co much diversity amongst its believers.
Whatever criteria is used, there are people who believe in the God of the bible. Whether rich or poor, well educated or uneducated, scientific or non-scientific, the world’s Christian population consists of men, women and children of all ages and all nationalities, whether living in the developed world or the developing world – even if Christianity is in direct conflict with the state religion of the nation in which they live.
Christianity never goes away, and it never becomes a faith which is shared only by one very specific group of people, or for one particular nation or period in history.
On its own, none of the above is enough to prove conclusively that Christianity is true, of course. But if nothing else, surely it should be enough to prompt non-believers to raise questions of why so many people of differing backgrounds and upbringings end up with the a faith in the same God.
In an increasingly secular nation it may not be fashionable to believe in God, and it’s certainly an easier option to go along with what the rest of society has deemed to be true.
However, one of the biggest problems in taking that approach is that many of the people you can end up being influenced by have probably never genuinely questioned anything, either.
It’s much easier to take on board a popular view without thinking, but to borrow one of Obi Wan Kenobi’s sayings in Star Wars: Who’s more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?
Many millions of people over the world have, independently of each other, asked their own questions which have ultimately resulted in a genuine faith in God.
If you’re reading this and are curious about why that is, maybe it’s time to start asking some questions of your own.