Settling this question, even when a person decides by default to deny the existence of God, is an imperative of the human design as embedded in our physicality as the operational need for oxygen. Erich Fromm believed that freedom (that God-given right of free will) was a source of conflict for all human beings. On the one hand we need freedom and long for it on many levels. On the other, the infantile core of who we are, drives some to reject personal freedom and by our choices we narrow our world. Embracing freedom is healthy. Contriving life events that constrain freedom through the use of escape mechanisms is the root of what makes us unhealthy. Fear of death, that we must face the inevitable decay of our bodies and believe this is inherently unfair, moves us toward settling this question of who God is.
For mysterious reasons we cannot fully comprehend, Planet Earth is ground zero for God's plan to play out in great complexity; past, present, and future. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit decided to reveal themselves; that humanity would know and be known by God. This was not going to be possible without freedom; the ability for human beings to make decisions for themselves, to self-determine a course of action. God placed a homing device in the hearts of man. That homing device is the stamp of eternity - where we came from and where we will end up - hopefully in His glorious presence. By this imperative there are two basic choices.
So... our first choice is to run from freedom. To ignore the great mystery of the unknown that invites us to grow. Who is God? If we decide we can have God on our terms, a God of our own making, we have created an alternate reality that narrows life and denies the mystery.
The second is to embrace the unknown. To recognize that there is a vast dimensional universe which co-exists with ours and which prayer impacts. And... there are specific places called heaven and hell. But we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2nd Corinthians 4: 18).
We do not turn and run from the mystery. We draw near to Jesus Christ even though much of what we know from the hurts of life, all the bitter reality of physical death and decay, may tell us that doing so isn't safe. Embracing Jesus Christ by faith means that the mystery of what we don't know and can't quantify deepens and opens us; providing a peace that transcends the physical.
Describing the angst of this dynamic the Psalmist comes to understand. You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it (Psalm 139: 5, 6).
In the later choice God's Son, Jesus Christ, adopts us for the very reason that we are willing to draw near to God, opening our hearts to the mystery of what we don't know and discovering a personal and authentic relationship. We move from crisis to knowledge. From knowledge to wonder - revelation, sharper intuition and personal insight being willing to let His word and His presence challenge us, to change us, even when doing so makes us uncomfortable. We are not embracing... rather we are embraced by the wonder, the manifestation, the mystery of God's love. We let go and let God - experiencing His love because He first loved us. We receive His gifts, and find that many times we are mercy zapped by the wonder that can't, for now, be fully understood. Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5: 1, 2).
Regardless of any "religious label" where choice and autonomy is constrained, what is experienced is the counterfeit. Father God is about setting us free from the slavery of sin and death and for this He sent His son, Jesus Christ into the world that by Him, we may have eternal life as we step into the mystery of what we don't know. Any family, person, system or government that steels personal autonomy, attempts to destroy liberty, freedom of thought; those God-given human attributes. These actions are evil. Satan wants none of God's vanquishing power to work through faithful believers, inclined to pick up the torch, shinning truth into dark places. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1: 5).
Those good angels that won this war play three roles and are organized by God into troops and armies. They are warriors, ministering / protecting angels, and lastly messenger angels. The angels who won this war in heaven far outnumber those that fell to earth in a very changed condition. What a rude awakening. It's important to remember that satan and these fallen angels rebelled amid the perfection of heaven; being in the presence of God. When we rebel it is an entirely different scenario since we can only guess at what will be missed if we fail to love and trust Jesus Christ. For this reason Jesus stands ready and willing to receive us when we turn to Him in repentance, desiring to know Him. For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10: 13).
Because this war, transferred to Earth is still going on, God's army of angels are actively engaged on the side of human beings. These good angels, doing the will of God and under His rule and assignment, are sent forth for our benefit. Speaking of believers in relationship to angels the author of Hebrews asked the rhetorical question. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1: 14). And of the angels He says; Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire (Hebrews 1: 7). For He will give His angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91: 11). It's okay to ask God to send these angels to help you in whatever conflict you are engaged in. We don't pray to angels, but it is perfectly okay to ask the Lord Jesus Christ for this specific kind of help. Though we are in this war, we prefer peace, and pray for peace. (Psalm 120)
I like to close with a verse. So many of you are in countries that experience turmoil and so I imagine you might not have a Bible handy. For this reason I try and put an entire passage in place in the knowledge that God's word has the power to heal and nourish your heart. God bless all of you; now over 90,000; most in the last two years. I may not meet you in this life, but I'll see you in that glorious place called heaven where no tear ever falls. We love Jesus! And so together, we'll rejoice.