Question: But why does God want us to have this strong faith in him? why can’t he make it easy for us? ~ anonymous This is a good question. Sadly, even when God spoke and allowed Himself to be heard by the people, not all of them believed or, if they…
So many times, we hear about this amazing stories of people who lived horrible lives “finding Jesus” and being changed. But many youth who are raised in a community of faith never have a dramatic experience. They grow conscious of spiritual matters gradually and their decisions on what to believe happen over a span of a few years. This is like Nicodemus. He had a spiritual journey, not a single life-changing moment.
This question has been floating around my mind for the last week, and though there are many answers (and the majority of them would be correct), I would like to briefly share with you what being a Christian means to me.
As Christians, we often talk about faith: Faith in God. Faith in Christ. Have faith that the Lord will answer our prayers. Have faith that things will turn out better tomorrow. And so on.
But what is faith? The explanation of “faith” is too often forgotten in discussions about having faith in the Lord, and the word itself has become a sort of catch-phrase or Christian buzzword with no meaning. We can talk about faith until we are blue in the face, but it will be completely pointless unless we understand what faith is!
When you are a follower of Christ, it is inevitable that sometime someone will ask you: “What if the Bible/God/etc. is not true?” Perhaps you have even experienced doubt about God’s existance or the authenticity of the Bible. After all, how can you trust in a God you have never seen, heard, or touched?
Whenever I am asked the above question, I think this to myself: If the Bible or God or Christ is not true, my life would still have been worth living in a Biblical way as a follower of the teachings of Christ.
We must put all of our doctrines and ideas to the ultimate test: does it stand up to Scripture? We cannot interpret the Bible to prove our ideas; we must allow the Bible and only the Bible to interpret itself for us! But how? How does the Bible interpret itself? Let us ask the Bible.