Recently I was asked some very difficult questions by an online friend. This friend has been a believer in Jesus, but is clearly doubting that was or is the right choice for them or anyone else.
He asked me the following questions:
- Why should a person believe in any God?
- Why should a person believe in Christianity?
I’ll address these both at once. There were some other questions and statements that I want to address and I plan to in future posts.
Why should anyone believe in a god or believe in Christianity?
I created a long post about this Tuesday night with examples of whats wrong with the other theories of creation, but it didn’t feel right. The image I used for this post was borrowed from a very similar article. If you want to see the mathematical, scientific, and philosophical arguments to why you should believe in God, read 3 Reasons Why Belief in God Makes Sense.
I asked God to help me respond, and this is the response that felt right. This allegory is an over-simplification of our choices; no one other than Jesus has lived a life with a straight road. We can go many directions, and we can also choose no direction.
Two men come to an intersection that offers two directions, left, or right. One man walks left, the other walks right. A third man comes to the intersection and yells to the man going right that he is going the wrong direction and to return to the center. The man on the left through only what he observes on his road decides that he is going in the wrong direction. The scene doesn’t look right, the feeling he gets every step he takes makes him more uncertain about where he will end up. The people he sees on this road are not in a state that he wants to end up in. He turns around and heads back to the intersection, passing the two other men and continuing to walk on the path to the right. The two men yell to him that he is going the wrong direction. The man looks at his scene, experiences the feeling of every step, looks at the others along this road, and turns to the men. He says, “this is the right direction for me” and continues walking.
We all have a destination we are walking toward. If the destination you want to end up at is death, walk freely toward it. If the destination you want to end up at is life, then you must walk toward Jesus. A life without God ends at death, but a life with Jesus lives forever.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.
This is not why you should believe in Christianity, but why you should believe in Christ. Walking the path that Christ has shown us is what every Christian should do, but our faith should not be in a religion, but Jesus alone. Church is not the place for us to be an example to the world, but a place for us to learn the Word of God through fellowship with other believers. Church is a method for helping us serve God, but it should never be mistaken for God. Church offers us the ability to praise God, but we shouldn’t lose our way making it all about traditions and religious rules.
If the path you are walking looks and feels right to you, nothing anyone says will change that. Either all choices end with the destination of death or one choice ends with life. You can either walk through life noticing how empty your glass is, or you can walk through life noticing how much you have in your glass. But, when you are truly following Jesus and what he asks us to do, the glass fills.
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
If you find one day that your glass is empty, seek out Jesus and ask why with all of your heart. Don’t ask him to prove himself, just ask him why your glass is empty. I believe on that day, he will answer you, and you will know as I do that he is God and is the one to follow.