I recently read an article posted on Facebook. I was shocked at what I read concerning a “leader in the church.” I thought that can’t be true. Yet before I investigated the truth of what I read – I sent the link to a couple of my friends. Later in the evening, I was discussing this article with someone else. Based on that discussion, I decided to actually do some research on it. I discovered that the original article was an “internet hoax.” I came to this understanding as I sought out multiple resources. Even with a closer examination of the original article, it even stated on the website that what was posted was “satirical”. (I over-looked that).
That’s why it is important for us to make informed decisions about our lives and the faith we so often proudly proclaim. Or the faith we so proudly try to disclaim. Not only are our lives weighing in the balance but the lives of those we come in contact with on a daily basis.
This experience led me to question, “Why do I believe what I believe?”
I had never heard of the source of the original article. So when I first read it I was skeptical. Yet there were some interesting quotes that made me think, “Well, I guess that could be true.” By the time I finished reading the article I was ready to send it on to a couple of friends with the subject, “Wow!” And that is exactly what I did.
As a result of this experience I asked myself, “Why do I believe what I believe?” I want to pose the same question to you, “Why do you believe what you believe?” Why do you believe in God, Jesus, Holy Spirit? Why do you not believe? Why do you believe in some other god or religion? Why believe there is no such being greater than our current existence? I’m wanting you to consider this in order to draw you into a deeper relationship with God or to bring you into a real search for truth.
Did each of us come to our place of belief because we personally sought truth? Or did we stumble into our belief (or disbelief) in God based on our parents, family, friend(s), or culture?
I write here with the presupposition that those who read are already Christians. I do so not to negate or over-look those who are not Christians or those seeking the meaning for life. So, please know If you aren’t a Christian, I think of you as well when I write and pray you come to a place where you are brought to God through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in your life because you have sought to know Truth.
If you are a Christian, I hope you will take the time to reignite your faith but answering the question about why you believe. I hope that asking yourself will lead you into a deeper relationship and a greater walk of faith in obedience to the love of Jesus for his people. If you are not a Christian and are still searching, I hope you will not give up in your search for truth. Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness…” Matthew 6:33. If all of us will live seeking His kingdom before anything else – we will not be disappointed!