You, I, and everyone else, what are we? Are we not just small little creatures? Supposedly, we are sentient. Nevertheless, we live on one little planet in a humongous, incredibly complex universe. Sentient or not, we know so very little. We don’t even know how we came to be or why? How can we know God?
How can we know God? Is that the right question or just an excuse? Don’t we already know God? Consider the variety of approaches we take towards God.
- If we are atheists, we have faith — an irrational certainty — God does not exist. We have firmly shut our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. We refuse to know God. We refuse to admit we need God.
- If we are agnostics, we boldly declare our confusion as the ultimate Truth. Then we refuse to further consider the matter of God. If God wants our attention, we demand He demand it. That, of course, He can do. Nonetheless, we can still refuse to pay attention. We can still refuse to admit we need God.
- If we believe in God, we can choose what we wish to believe about God. We can fabricate a god of our own creation. We can choose — we can even design — our own religion. How can we do that? What difference does it make? Who knows enough to judge which religion is the true religion? What matters is that we have the god we want. Then we can refuse to admit we need God.
Is God beyond our reason? Do we need to worry about “finding”God? Is God lost? Is He hiding from us? Some say we need not worry. These say God is easily found. These say all paths lead to God. We just need to choose a path — any path — and begin our journey.
- Why My Religion is Right and Yours is Wrong (www.apath.org) – Here the author supposedly demonstrates the logical flaw in trying to prove any faith is true.
- “Essay on Many Paths to the Same Summit” by Ramakrishna (www.thedragonscave.org) – This article is supposed to demonstrate that not believing in all the gods is a form bigotry. Such “bigotry” is not new. In fact such “bigotry” left the Romans of 2000 years ago disgusted with the Jews and Christians of that time.
- Dismount your donkey at the summit is post I wrote some years back commenting on a bit of “wisdom” that was popular at the that time.
Does just starting the journey work? Have we considered why we are starting the journey? What is this thing some call salvation? What sort of salvation makes sense? From what do we need to be saved? Can we achieve salvation on our own?
Imagine eternity. When our friends and relatives die, we want to see them again, and some religions offer us that hope. But there is a problem. As good as each of us may think ourselves to be, could any of us stand to be with someone as vile as each of us happens to be for all of eternity? Could even God stand to be around one of us for so long?
You say you are not evil? You say you know others who are not evil? Are you certain about that or just guilty of wishful thinking? Consider.
- 10 Reasons Humans Are Naturally Evil (listverse.com) – What have you observed about others and yourself. Here the author provides range of observations. Each of these observations suggests man is inherently evil.
- Is man evil in nature? (www.debate.org) – At debate.org, two-thirds present arguments for man’s evil nature. Most people understand human beings are deeply flawed (at least other human beings).
- The Evil That Men Do (www.americanscientist.org) – This article considers the tendency of men to abuse those over which they have power. This propensity to abuse power seems altogether common.
Why are men evil? How do we overcome evil? Here is where Christianity begins to stand apart from other faiths. Christianity offers us a clear path to salvation. Christianity says Jesus is the Way. The Bible uncovers our evil nature and shows us why we need Jesus to save us from ourselves — why we need to accept His gift of grace.
- 10 Reasons Man Needs a Sovereign Savior (airocross.com) – This article cites passages from the Bible that demonstrate our inherently evil nature. The article ends with the observation that God demands perfection.
- SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 16:27-30 (settledinheaven.wordpress.com) – Looking more deeply into a passage from Proverbs, here the author observes we need the grace of God to overcome our sinful nature.
So why Christianity? Christianity is for those who have finally come to the conclusion they cannot achieve salvation on their own. When we become a Christian, we admit we need a savior, and that savior is Jesus.
- Which religion is right? In this article, the author explains the fundamental distinction of Christianity.
Religion can never fulfill God’s intention for man, but God, being eager to bring man back to His intention, became a man Himself. Firstly, He showed man how God could live in man and man in God. His living was that of a man coinhering with God. He expressed all that God is, and He was without sin. Secondly, He died for sinful man so that man would not have to die. Thirdly, He resurrected to be life to all those who would believe and receive Him so that He could live in them. Receiving Christ in such a way restores man to God’s original intention. Man may receive God for God to live in him and he in God. Then when man lives, God is living in and through him. This is the greatest wonder in the universe.
Christianity is a relationship with Jesus. To become a Christians, we must accept in love Jesus’ gift of salvation. There is no other way.
- With all of the different religions, how can I know which one is correct? (www.gotquestions.org) – To answer the question posed by his article, the author says we can use logic and reason.
In the end, we see that ultimate truth about God can be found and the worldview maze successfully navigated by testing various truth claims and systematically pushing aside falsehoods so that only the truth remains. Using the tests of logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and existential relevancy, coupled with asking the right questions, yields truthful and reasonable conclusions about religion and God. Everyone should agree that the only reason to believe something is that it is true—nothing more. Sadly, true belief is a matter of the will, and no matter how much logical evidence is presented, some will still choose to deny the God who is there and miss the one true path to harmony with Him.
Why are there are so many religions? Is it because so many of us have not chosen wisely? Check out The Religions of The World at settledinheaven.wordpress.com. To explain why there are so many religions, Rob Barkman references the Bible.
What about you? What if you still do not believe in Jesus? What if you have not yet chosen to believe in Jesus? Then please read the Bible, and study the Bible carefully. Pray for God to open your heart, your ears, and your eyes. To know the Truth, we must want to know the Truth. God does not force Himself upon us. God will not rape our hearts and souls.
In time, if you study the Bible and honestly desire to believe, you will find what I and so many others have discovered. The more carefully we study the Bible, the more sense the Bible makes, and the more joy we find in knowing Christ.