Who Would Tell You “You Are Behaving Like A Fool”?
Consider our experience in this life. When we do something foolish, embarrassed for us our friends will look aside and our enemies will point out our indiscretion to their friends.
When we do something foolish, what does that mean? Sometime we merely act incorrectly, in ignorance, but too often we sin. In either case, through our actions (or failure to act) we harm someone, most often ourselves. Then only someone who loves us will say something to us. The exception is, of course, our boss. When we are being foolish on the job, that’s why a good boss is invaluable. So if we have one, we should thank him. Nevertheless, we cannot count upon our boss to teach us the true religion. Someone who loves us, however, may share that Truth with us.
When we are acting foolishly and someone acquaints us with what they believe the Truth, that we are acting as we should not, what is our first reaction? Don’t we usually begin with an angry denial, especially when we are guilty of doing something we know is wrong? That’s why only someone who loves you will tell you what they believe the Truth. That’s why only someone who cares deeply about you will ask you to read and study the Bible.
Why Do We Need To Know The Truth?
Why is the Truth important? In Ephesians 6:10-20, the Apostle Paul compares Christians to soldiers, and he speaks of Truth as a belt buckled around the waist of a Roman soldier. Why that analogy? Roman soldiers depended upon their belts to hold their armor in place. Roman soldiers even even hung their swords, when not in use, from the belts about their waists. Sever his belt, and a soldier’s armor and clothing sagged about him. He could not fight. He could not run. He had little protection from attack.
If every religion defines the Truth differently, then if we belong to the wrong religion, we do not believe what God wants us to believe, and we will not behave as God wants us to behave. We have no protection from evil. So we need to know the Truth. How do we learn the Truth?
What Approach Should We Take Towards Finding The Truth?
What is the true religion? How do we answer that question? Is this subject even worth investigating? Can we know which religion is true? That is a topic we considered in IS GOD TOO MUCH FOR US? The answer is yes.
What approach should we use?
- Are all religions untrue? As absurd as it may seem, many of us take this approach to religion. This is in fact where both atheists and so-called multiculturalists begin. Why include multiculturalists too? Because Multiculturalism is the reigning doctrine in our public school system, we do not take any religious belief seriously. We have been taught we already know the answer, no religion is true. The logic is self-evident. Because they teach substantially different truths, all religions cannot be equally true. Therefore, if multiculturalism is true, if all religions are equally good (or equally bad), then all religions must be untrue.
- Is there only one true religion? Every religion provides its own creation story, a different reason for our existence. Every religion provides its own definition of salvation (assuming salvation is part of the package). Every religion defines a different sort of path to salvation. Each religion in some way contradicts all the other religions. Is one of them true? How do we know which one?
What About The Bible?
Because our parents allowed our government to educate us in a secular school system, most of us have very little familiarity with the Bible. In fact, we treat the Bible as we would a collection of old fairy tales.
Is the Bible just a collection of old fairy tales? If the Bible were such a thing, most people would have read it with very little fuss, but the Bible is far more complex than that. The Bible contains Jewish history, Jewish law, Christian theology, and puzzling prophecies. Psalms, divided into five books, contains songs so old we have forgotten the music; only the words remain. So if we know only the stories, we do not know the Bible. If we have not studied the Bible, we don’t even have a good understanding of the stories.
What the Bible does is tell us the story of the most famous and influential man in history. The Bible presents us with the history of our redemption by Jesus, and it tells us the truths we need to know about our savior, a man who is also God.
Christianity is not in the ordinary sense a religion, a system that defines what we must do to save ourselves. Christianity does not tell us how we can save ourselves. Instead, Christianity teaches us of our need for a savior. Thus, the Bible tells us about our savior and why we should love and obey Him.
What Does The Bible Say Is True?
God is the Truth. Because He loves us, He wants us to know the Truth. Why does God love us? That’s a mystery, but Jesus did refer to the Father, Himself as the Son, and a third part of the Trinity as the Holy Spirit. Thus, we know:
- God considers us His children.
- Jesus serves as an example for us.
- The Holy Spirit strengthens us in the spirit which would otherwise be too weak.
How does God tell us the Truth? God tells us, His children, the Truth in at least three ways.
- We can see a tiny part of His Creation. We can see the beauty, feel the terror it inspires, and we can learn a small portion of the logic of its workings. Because of what He has created, we can, if we choose to do so, learn something about the character and majesty of God.
- We can feel what He has put into our hearts. We can know the longing to love and be loved. If we do not allow our hearts to grow hard, we can innately appreciate what is just and unjust.
- We can through the Bible hear His Word. Because of the Bible, we can know without a doubt God cares for us as His children. Nevertheless, we must choose to read the Bible.
What Truth does a loving Father want His children to know? He wants His children to know how to choose good and avoid evil. The Truth does not free us to sin. The Truth helps us to avoid sin and do good. The Truth brings us closer to our Father in heaven. The Truth protects from evil. The Truth provides us the security we need to grow in Christ.
2 Peter 3:14-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.