How will people who have never sought God ever find God? Does God speak to unbelievers? The answer is: Yes. God uses nature, our consciences, dreams, divine revelation, and the Bible.
There is much concern today over what appears to be a major decline in interest toward faith and religion, particularly among young people.
A recent study by the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University found that 43% of Millennials (1984-2002) and much of Generation Z (2003-2021) both “don’t know, care or believe that God exists.”
This has left many people wondering: How will these younger generations ever know God? The answer is that God will reach them in the same ways He always has.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”
– Romans 1:18–20
The world around us speaks of an intelligent designer. Science keeps trying to prove and failing at showing something can be created from nothing, that everything just came into being and that life on earth evolved out of the primordial soup. But our universe is cause-and-effect, every effect has a preceding cause. There is a layer-upon-layer of order throughout the universe. The more physics discovers, it is beginning to point toward a divine, intelligent creator and not the opposite.
God gave everyone a built-in sense of radar for right and wrong, something we call our conscience. We don’t need to read the Bible to understand that some things are just right and wrong. But this inner radar also has a detector for truth. And even though some people may reject faith on the basis of intellectual reasoning or logic, when it against science, God can use circumstances to activate that inner sense of knowing that overrides reasoning. At the right moment, God can cause us to feel and trust our gut feeling.
Another way God can reach us is to use revelatory dreams. Our conscious mind can get in the way of our subconscious mind which can be more knowing. To get around the conscious mind, God simply taps into our dreams as a way of getting us to turn off bias we may otherwise have through logic, where we try to over-think things, and tap into our conscience.
The Bible has numerous stories of divine revelation, where God has shown himself in person, through angels or as an angel himself. The vision of the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses and the burning bush, Balaam and the angel, and the list goes on.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
– John 1:1
God is eternal intelligence. God spoke everything in the universe into existence through a word, i.e. in Genesis the repetitions of: “Let there be…”
But God is also the word. Jesus Christ, who is also God, is called the word.
Physicists are now proclaiming that everything in the universe is information. They are starting to point to universal collective consciousness, which suggests religion, an answer they aren’t happy about but is unavoidable. Physicists are finding themselves inadvertently making the case for a God. And their theories seem to suggest that randomness doesn’t work. Their evidence is pointing toward free will because quantum physics is showing that reality only exists when it is observed. In other words, reality only comes in to being through the will. What is the will that created the universe? God’s will when he spoke the word.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”
– Acts 3:19
Think nonbelievers can’t be converted? Even some people who have hated God for Christians have converted to people of faith against all odds.
There are stories throughout the Bible of non-believing people who were converted to faith in God and/or Jesus.
One example is that of King Manasseh in the Old Testament. He burned his own children on the altar of sacrifice to the pagan (some say Satanic) god Baal, engaged in sorcery and lewd sexual activity and much more. Yet, through a series of events came to repentance and a belief in God.
The most famous in the New Testament is that of Saul, a Pharisee from the Jewish tribe of Benjamin who persecuted Christians, who God renamed Paul after his conversion. The apostle Paul became God’s prophet and wrote the majority of the New Testament.
The takeaway here is that God has always found a way to reach and convert nonbelievers and there’s no reason to think that will ever change no matter what polls find, how religion ebbs and flows or even how some countries persecute religious belief.