How do we know that God is good?
Answering this question is one of the greatest tasks of Christianity. So many of those who refuse to commit their lives to God do so because they do not see God this way. In fact, most of the world, especially the Western world doesn’t see Him this way.
The enlightened, progressive world, if they believe in God at all, sees Him as subservient to our understanding and human rules of logic, justice, fairness, and morality. They don’t think too much about where standards of logic, justice, fairness, and morality come from. In short they submit God to their wills and whims. If He does not abide by their framework of understanding he either is not good or does not exist. So Christians are burdened to answer the question “how do we know God is infinite and good?”
Can we prove that He is so? No. We can’t even prove God exists.
We can give evidence and arguments from scripture, but evidence and argumentation are incomplete. We can provide philosophical arguments and even some scientific indications too. But people’s souls don’t work like a court of law where a preponderance of evidence can sway a jury. A good closing argument in a discussion about the character of God will not win the day.
Sharing our experiences, telling our stories (or “testimonies” as church folks like to call them), helps to close the gap. Explaining how we feel about God and how we came to feel that way is an effective way to connect to people. Sharing how we’ve seen his goodness and marveled at his bigness give some humanity and personal connection to big concepts. But at the same time experience is easily discounted. I know plenty of people who have had great experiences at restaurants or concerts whereas my experiences in the same situations were less than stellar. One person’s experience often has little bearing on another’s.