DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE FAMILY OF GOD?

christmasWe choose what we believe. Even if our parents brought us up to believe in the tenets of a certain religion, to remain a devout adherent of that religion we must still choose to believe. Otherwise, we will drift away and choose to believe something else.

So it is that some are: Atheists, Agnostics, Pagans, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and so forth. Even if the Truth were absolutely clear, we would choose to believe what we want to believe.

Is the Truth absolutely clear? How do we know the Truth?

  • Some of us trust only objective evidence, what they can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. For these souls God has made Himself evident in His Creation. On every day we live His Creation tells a simple Truth: for there to be an effect, there must be cause.  For there to be a Creation, there must be an ultimate Cause, the Creator.
  • Some of us trust only subjective evidence, what we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste with our hearts. For these souls God has made Himself evident in our hearts. He made us to yearn for Him, to worship Him, and to do His Will.
  • Some of us trust only that which we have earned, what we can acquire with the labor of our bodies and our minds. For these souls, God made His Holy Bible. Here treasure seekers mine for gemstones of Truth. The Bible sets these jewels in the golden story of our redemption by the Son of God, Christ Jesus.

What do you believe? Do you believe the universe just happened? That life in its marvelous beauty and complexity is just an accident? Have you ignored what your heart tells you? Do you believe that when someone dies his moldering flesh and bones are all that remains? Is the Bible for you a compilation of mythological tales, or is the existence of the Bible too improbable to be anything but the Word of God?

On Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of the most important man in history. He said He could forgive our sins. He said He is the Son of God. As C.S. Lewis observed, Jesus gave us three choices.

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (from here)

Rather than recant their belief in His death and resurrection, many of Jesus’ followers died as martyrs. What did these martyrs believed happened on the first Christmas Day.

John 1:1-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

God became man? Read the Bible. Study the Bible intently. That is the only way you can know for yourself.

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