What Do You Believe?
By Greg Quinn
April 23rd, 2008
We live in a day where one's belief is tested daily.
More so than probably any time in history, mankind is in a quandary
regarding what one should believe, and so many convincing choices as to what one
should believe. One says they believe in God of the Bible.
One says they believe in God but not in Jesus.
One says they believe in the Koran, or the Talmud, or other writings.
One may believe that Mohammed will open the doors to Heaven.
One may believe in the teachings of an oriental fat man named Buddha.
Another may believe only in what man can attain, that there is no god.
One believes in life after death; another believes that when we die
thatís it. One may believe that
we can intellectualize God; another believes that only through faith in God
Himself can we see God. One may believe that money paves the way to God; another may
believe that poverty shows godliness. One
may believe that there is no Hell and that a loving God will take all people to
Heaven, and another may believe that only through the sacrifice of Godís son
Jesus can one attain life ever after in Heaven.
And, regardless of ones beliefs, we live in a day where the essence of
these beliefs are daily put to the test, so that many say they believe one way
or another, but their actions speak otherwise.
Oftentimes, we are persuaded to believe one way or
another by the flamboyance of a personality.
This can be dangerous. History
teaches of very persuasive people leading many down the wrong path.
The prophet Mohammed teaches his followers that it is OK to kill
the unbeliever, and that murderous acts with the right intentions will lead one
to Heaven. A guy named Jones
convinced some followers to drink Kool-Aid and die for his beliefs.
Charles Manson turned loyal followers into killers.
The Bible and our history books tell of many instances where the
influence of popular people (popular in a large or small fashion) have lead many
to their doom. So, it is imperative
that people know what they believe, why they believe it, and have a strong
foundation of truth upon which to build and test their beliefs.
Belief is much more important than simply holding onto a position or a
feeling. Oneís belief will truly
determine where he or she spends eternity, whether a life of blessing or a life
of despair, and an eternity with God or an eternity without God.
So, what do YOU believe?
Why do you believe it? Upon
what kind of foundation is your belief built?
I am very fortunate. I
was raised in a Christian home. My
dad was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was trained from my childhood that belief in God was important, that
Jesus was the only way to God, and that the Bible was the only truth that can be
relied upon. Though I had to put
this teaching to the test in adolescence and adulthood, I finally grasped that I
was blessed because I was taught the truth.
Many are not so fortunate. Many
spend their lives being taught a lie, and trained to believe in false gospels
and to believe that God is not important and that man is all there is.
I consider the greatest gift given me by my parents is the introduction
to God, and making sure that I had knowledge of the truth; a rock upon which the
foundation of my life could be built. Yet,
I do not believe now, as an adult, in the God of the Bible only because that is
the way in which I was reared. I
now believe in the God of the Bible, and Jesus, Godís Son, because I built
upon that foundation, discovered the truth for myself, and found that my parents
were absolutely right.
I found within myself that to believe in God and Jesus, as
taught in the Bible, was truly the only way to satisfy lifeís questions with
honest and intelligent answers. Does
it make sense that the earth all of a sudden ďhappenedĒ, that an explosion
put chaos into order? Anyone that
has shot off a firecracker can easily recognize how chaos does not make order,
but destruction. Isnít it more
intelligent to believe that it took an eternal, all-knowing being to create the
world? The only answer that makes
any sense is the answer found in the Bible.
Even Darwin, the guy who taught that we all evolved from worms and
apes, admitted in his later years that his teachings were errant, and that the
teachings of the Bible were the only ones that provided an intelligent answer as
to the origins of mankind. If,
therefore, it required a God, a divine being, to create heaven and earth, and
mankind, then who is this God? It
couldnít be a man, because man wasnít here yet.
It couldnít be the elements, because elements do not create elements of
non-like kind. The only answer is
found in the Bible. God of the
Bible is the creator of Heaven and Earth. Therefore,
since God of the Bible is the only rational answer to the creator, then why did
He create mankind? If the God of
the Bible is the creator, then the only plausible answer as to why all were
created can also only be found in the Bible.
The Bible teaches that God created man to fellowship with Him. God made us to be his friends!
Wow; let that sink in. But,
to be a friend of the most divine creator, we had to be perfect as He is
perfect. We all know the story of Adam and Eve.
God created the first man, Adam, to fellowship with Himself. He created
the first woman, Eve, as a gift for Adam. God
created in them the means to make other ďAdams and EvesĒ to live on the
earth. But, Adam and Eve sinned,
and this sin to a holy God created a barrier that could not be overcome.
God, being perfect and holy, could not fellowship with an unholy or
imperfect being. So then, how can
mankind, if we were doomed from the beginning because of Adamís sin, ever be
reconciled to God where we can again fellowship with Him?
God made a way, the only way, again as recorded in the Bible.
God sent His Son, Jesus, from Heaven to earth to live as a man (yet
remain holy), and to pay the sacrifice for our sins, and through Jesusí death
on the cross and suffering in our place, our sins are forgiven and we suddenly
have an opportunity once again, as originally intended, to fellowship with the
creator of the universe. As God is
the only creator, as such Jesus is the only way to reconcile mankind to God.
The world would teach of many ways.
But, all ways other than what is described in the Bible are falsehoods.
How can a mere man like Mohammed, for example, be able to usher his
followers into a relationship with God? Can
Mohammed take away our sins to enable us to have fellowship with a holy God?
No way. Can acknowledgement
of manís intellect and self-inspiration take the place of a realization that
only through belief in God can mankind see salvation?
No way. We humans like to
think we have all the answers. It
is difficult to believe in anything these days.
But, our survival depends upon our belief in something, and the only
logical thing to believe is the truth as told in the Bible.
Once we grasp hold of that as the basis for our beliefs, and then know
that it is that the Bible says, then the other matters will all of a sudden
become very clear. It is only when
we donít believe the truth, or we believe what we think is the truth but do
not know why we believe what we say we believe, that confusion sets in and we
Take Oprah, for example.
I have a lot of respect for what she has accomplished as a person.
She has created a very financially successful life from a very meager
beginning. She overcame much as a
black woman from the South to become the power that she is today.
Her dad still cuts hair not far from where I live. Oprah
has a big heart, and believes in helping people. She means well. But,
her intellectualizing of the things of God have moved her into a position of
confusion, and her confusion is leading masses to false beliefs.
She is moving into the political arena to endorse a man for President of
our nation only because of his race, and that is racist.
And, the person she is endorsing was trained in the teachings of
Mohammed, and if he denies this and sets claim on Christianity, then all one has
to do is listen to his pastor of 20 years to believe that he too is a racist.
But Oprahís political endorsements are not what makes her dangerous.;
it is her recent teachings that there are other ways besides Jesus that
positions one of the most powerful people in our nation as one that will be used
to mislead many people. Check out
this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4LLwkgmqA.
what should be believe in a world so full of confusion?
The only logical belief is in the God of the Bible, in salvation through
Jesus His Son, and in a life pleasing to the Creator for whom you were made to
be His friend. But, donít believe
because I said so. Believe because
the Bible said so. If you only
grasp one thing, and that one thing is that what is recorded in the Bible is the
honest truth, then everything else will make sense.
If you fail to grasp the Bible as truth, and know what it says and
believe what it says, then you risk living a life of confusion.
Jesus tested the belief of his followers many times.
I like this one, as recorded in Matthew 16:13-18.
When Jesus came into the borders of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I, the Son of man, am?
And they said, Some say that you are
John the Baptist; some Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the
prophets. He (Jesus) said
unto them, But who do you say that I am? And Simon Peter
answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto
him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood has not revealed it
unto you, but my Father, who is in heaven. And I say unto you, that you are
Peter, and upon this rock (the rock being the statement that Peter made that
Jesus was the Son of God) I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it.
Jesus came to the home of a good friend that had just
died. His sister Martha came to
meet Jesus, and fussed at him a bit because she realized that if Jesus had been
there, her brother Lazarus would not have died. In reading the rest of the story, we know that Jesus allowed
Lazarus to die so that Jesus could raise Lazarus from the dead, which Jesus did.
But, in answering Martha, Jesus made a profound statement, as follows
(from John 11:25-27):
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the
life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this? She
said unto him, Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who
should come into the world.
Jesus promises us that, if we believe in him and trust
him and accept the sacrifice that he made for us in order to reconcile us to a
right relationship with God, we will live forever in Heaven with God.
And, He will help us and be with us in our life here on earth.
That, my friend, is comforting.
So, what is the true path, the only way to Heaven? The
only way to see favor with God? It
is as described in the Bible. Get a
relationship with Jesus, and youíll gain a relationship with God.
We can believe many things.
You can believe the truth or you can believe a lie.
You will encounter both many times in your life.
The challenge is this. Find
the truth and grasp hold on it. Then,
once you know the truth, the Bible says, ďthe truth will set you freeĒ.
Your belief will be tested.
What do you believe?