The reality of God—how can we really know?

Tell people that God is good, that He is perfect Love with no aspect of evil in Him, and they're sometimes left with the predicament of how they can know for sure that this is really so. After all, there's so much in the world that isn't good, that would crush the tender hope that God truly is wholly good and ever available to us.

Maybe the first evidence of God's reality and the possibility that we can discover what this reality actually is lies in something as simple as a person's response to goodness itself. Perhaps an example, an admittedly extreme one, will be useful.

I received a letter from a mother whose son was in prison. She wanted a Christian to visit him. I was doing counseling at the time in this prison as part of some graduate studies at a university. The man had been convicted of two murders that took place during a gunfight when he was much younger.

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Twentieth-Century Biographers Series
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