Many dismiss the Bible’s authority, even suppressing its use in public, but here’s an open invitation for all to consider a simple question; “What if the Bible is true?” If so, then:
- All non-biblical belief systems are false (John 14:6).
- God really does love us (John 3:16).
- God desires all people to turn to Him (II Peter 3:9).
- Jesus is the only path to heaven (Acts 4:12).
- Jesus freely offers peace and hope (Romans 5:1-2).
- Jesus changes lives forever (II Corinthians 5:17).
- God personally spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1).
- God is totally sovereign to make unilateral decisions (Psalm 86:10).
- God is just in all His dealings with man (Psalm 89:14).
- God is still in charge of nature (Genesis 8:22).
- Christians are expected to behave like Christ (Ephesians 4:32)
- God’s standards never change with culture (Job 23:13).
- Christians are to be disciple-makers (Matthew 28:16-20)
- People not trusting in Jesus will suffer forever (Rev. 20:15).
- Heaven can’t be earned (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Jesus physically rose from the dead (Acts 1:3).
- God will ultimately judge all mankind (Revelation 20:12).
- God’s plan will ultimately be accomplished (Revelation 21:6).
- Jesus is serious about His bride, the Church (II Corinthians 11:2).
- Jesus will return in awesome power and glory (Revelation 19:11-16).
Of course some will respond with “What if it’s not?” In that case, then there’s nothing to worry about, but what if it is…
Very true! Excellent post!
My response is more ‘what good reason do I have to think that it’s true?’
Several years later, I still haven’t found one. Worrying about what a potential god would do to me if I didn’t believe in him is no more convincing if that god is Allah, Jesus or Thor.
1. The fact that you’ve asked the question reveals an innate need to know Him.
2. The reality of faith itself. We all place faith in some future. Even Atheists exercise faith when trusting that their non-god beliefs will be true on the other side of death.
I hope you’ll approach the subject with an open heart, and consider the possibility that God may actually want to know you as the Bible says. The entire story of scripture illustrates the lengths He’s gone to in showing His love for us. You may not believe it, but His peace is real. I hope someday you will experience it for yourself.
I think believing something out of faith, and believing something out of reason is not the same thing. So I don’t understand how one can call non-belief a faith. It like calling not stamp collecting a hobby.
Thanks for the comment, but it’s important to note that faith and reason are not mutually exclusive. As a matter of fact, Paul’s discussion in his letter to the Romans includes rational thought, not blind faith without reason. My point is that we are all trusting in some idea of what happens after we die. Even if that view is “nothing”, it still requires faith, because we’ve not been there yet. Men like C.S. Lewis, and Lee Strobel, write of the very process of pursuing reason as what led them to faith in Christ, not away from Him. However, at the end of day, trusting Christ is still a faith issue. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” –NKJV