Christian friend, why do you believe what you believe? If you ask this question to most people they will not have a good answer. They will say something like, it just what I believe, or because my pastor said so, etc. You will rarely, if ever, hear someone say it is because they have studied it out, looked at all the arguments on all sides, and come to a conclusion.
In most religions the only way to find out what one is supposed to believe it to ask the leaders. For example, the Catholic church offers indulgences for those who read the Bible, but they are only allowed to interpret it according to the teachings of their leaders. They are not allowed to come to their own conclusions based upon what they read.
Biblical Christianity is taught to think things through before coming to a conclusion. We not only have the right to reason things out for ourselves, but we are expected to do so. Listen to what God has to say on the subject. “Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.” Isaiah 41:21 The context of this verse is dealing with other “gods.” If we desire to follow gods other than the God of the Scriptures we are challenged to bring our reasons for not following Him and tell why we should not.
God is willing to reason with us. Since He knows everything, and we only have limited knowledge, we will loose any argument we have with Him. Nevertheless, He is willing to reason with us. One day everyone who does not follow Him will stand before Him in judgment and give an answer for why they didn’t. (Hebrews 9:27)
The New Testament also tells us to reason things through. I Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” The Christian is told to have answer for why he has hope. Note also that the Christian is not to be proud. He is to be humble (meek). He is also to fear God.
This fear is not unreasonable fear, it is a fear coming from knowing the power of God. This is where the atheist gets the idea that religion is just a tool of leaders to control people through fear. It is true that some religions do this very thing. Catholicism did this during the Dark Ages and Islam does this where it rules today.
Biblical Christianity teaches a reasonable fear of God. Anyone with their eyes open knows that something or someone greater than the universe had to design and make it. Order does not come from chaos. The laws of science show that it is impossible for a house to build itself. If you put all of the ingredients for a house (boards, nails, bricks, etc.) in a field and leave them to themselves they will never become a house. Lightning may strike, tornadoes may come, but all that will happen is that they will become more and more disordered. This is the second law of thermodynamics.
It behooves each of us to seek the source of order in the universe. Those who don’t want to be subject to a creator choose to think that it became orderly by chance. This flies in the face of what true science teaches. There is no evolutionary model that can explain the order of the universe. The fossils give no evidence of an evolutionary process. Science, so called, has to keep changing what it says happened in the evolutionary process because because it keeps proving itself wrong.
There is one source of knowledge that never changes and has never been proven wrong in any area. It is the Bible. Science has often contested the Bible but when all the facts were known the Bible has always been proven right.
In spite of what the atheist tries to tell us, it is more reasonable to believe in God than to believe there is no God. It also requires less faith to believe in God than to believe that, contrary to true science, there is not God.
If one said there was no gold in China one would have to have searched every square milometer of China to prove it. On the other hand, to prove that there was gold in China one would only have to search until he found one tiny speck. To say there is not God one would have to search the whole universe and know everything about it. One would have to be omniscient and would, therefore, be god himself.
For those who do believe in God, it would be wise to ensure that they believe in the true God. The Bible teaches that those who check things out by Scripture are more noble than those who don’t (Acts 17:11). We are also told to try the spirits to make sure they are of God (I John 4:1).
Why do you believe what you believe? Do you believe what you believe just because it makes sense to you? If you do it is foolish because others believe differently for the same reason and there is only one truth. Do you believe what you believe because someone told you it is so? Again, this is foolish because so many believe so many different things. There is only one sure source for spiritual things and for doctrine. It is the Scriptures. Study them to make sure what you believe is true.
Have a reason for what you believe!
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