How to Know God – a comedian’s perspective

I grew up in a Christian home. I saw God at work in my parents’ lives.

Yet, at age 22 I asked myself, “if I did not have any exposure to Christianity while growing up, would I still believe that Jesus is the Son of God?”

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Comedian Justin Milan

This sent me down a path of researching all of the world’s major religions. I wondered if I grew up in the Himalayan Mountains and was exposed to Buddhism, would I be a Buddhist?

Of if I grew up in Iran, would I likely be a Muslim? Are there several paths to God? Or if there is only one path to God, was I taking the wrong route? What if the Hindus are right, and I’m believing the wrong thing?

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Comic Ventriloquist Justin and his funny sidekick

After reading many books and looking at many resources, I came to the conclusion that there is a cosmic battle going on.

There is good and evil. Two opposing forces that are at war with each other.

I found that Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Mormonism, Christianity, New Age, etc. all have one thing in common: they all help to better peoples’ lives, and they all have an element that helps them to look after others, and not just themselves.

In other words, if someone follows any one of these, they are more likely to become a nicer, more thoughtful person. Someone that is more of a help to society and others than they might have been before following this religion.

In light of this, though, the cosmic battle between good and evil still needs to be addressed. Satan, who is the prince of darkness (evil), seeks to steal, kill and destroy.

If you look at the headlines of what is going on in Syria or Yemen, for example, you might wonder, “how can so much evil happen?”

Like I said, there is evil at work.

Although there is evil (a.k.a. Satan, the devil), there is also good – God. The good news is that God is more powerful than the devil.

This is my personal testimony. As great as each of the faiths that I looked into are, I found that they were all about man and what he can do, except one: Christianity.

I found that Christianity is about what God did for us when He sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Our failure to meet God’s standard of righteousness (doing what is right and pleasing to Him at all times) have separated us from Him:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf allows us to be reunited with God.

The devil (evil) is supernatural in strength and power, so our human abilities are not enough for us to overcome him. We need something else supernatural to overcome him. But not just supernatural, it needs to be more powerful than him.

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Justin carved Luigi at age 15

God is more powerful. Through accepting his Son (Jesus) as the ruler of our life, we are now reunited with God, and have life through his son.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

I found that Jesus was the only one powerful enough to overcome evil and reunite us with God. All the other faiths are based on man’s effort, which isn’t enough for us to appear “perfect” in God’s sight and enable us, through Jesus, to overcome the devil.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21