Several years ago, back in the 1970s, I wrote the following article. I thought it appropriate at this time of year to share it with you.
"In 1897 an eight-year-old girl wrote to the New York Sun and asked, "Is there a Santa Claus?" The answer, which became very famous and most of us are familiar with, began, "...Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
In the world we live in today, we all struggle with many questions about life. Many of our questions are never answered. One question posed by almost everyone at one time or another during his/her life, "Is there a God?", receives as many different answers as the number of people who ask it.
I would like to take the libery to answer this question in the same style Francis Church used those many years ago in the New York Sun.
Yes, Virginia, there is a God. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist; indeed, He is the very author of these. The beauty and joy you feel when these abound were the very intention of God Himself when He sent His Son, Jesus, to reconcile us to Himself. Jesus was then and is now, the very expression of love itself, the great unconditional love God has for each one of us. Alas, how forsaken would be the world if there were no God. Man would be forever lost in sin and left to his own self-destructive devices.
Not believe in God?! You might as well not believe in life itself! Have you ever awakened early in the morning to watch the sun rise? Have you ever seen the beauty of freshly fallen snow? Have you ever had your breath taken away by some sight too beautiful for words? Have you ever seen or held a newborn baby? Can you explain how some things "just happen to be?"
You might get your Papa to hire men to stand watch at every church in the world, but even if they never saw God enter in or come out, what would that prove? That God doesn't go to church? Aha, but that is precisely my point! God does not live in a church building. He lives within the heart of each believer who accepts the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus. Nobody sees God, but that is no sign that there is no God. The most real things in the world are those that no children or adult can see. Have you ever seen electricity? Put your finger in the wrong socket at the wrong time, though, and I'm sure you will feel electricity! God is real, Virginia. Whether we believe He exists or not, He is real.
No God?! Yes, I believe with all my heart there is a God. He is very real to me, Virginia. I've felt that peace that only Jesus can give. I've seen my life completely change and I feel a hope in my heart that this changing world could never give me. Jesus, who came into the world as a helpless little baby, grew to be a man who would pay the price for my sins when He died on the cross. Because of that, I am now reconciled to God and can have a relationship with Him in a way I never could before.
Yes, there is a God! He lives now and He lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousands years from now, He will continue to live and reign as King in the hearts of men everywhere who are willing to humble themselves and call upon the name of Jesus. The name that is higher than any other name and the only name men can call upon to be saved.
Yes, Virginia, there is a God. And He will flood your heart with hope, peace, joy and love, if only you believe and receive!"