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Belief in God

Belief in God - Why should I follow any religious faith?
Everyone believes in something. Atheists believe there is no God, even one that might be hiding in the dark corners of the vast cosmos. Other people don’t care about the question, believing it doesn’t matter one way or another. So we might say that everyone has a religious faith. But most people believe in God. Why? Because, as the Bible says,

    “… since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
Belief in God makes sense, in large part, because of the evidence all around us. Take, for example, the beauty of a flower or the incredible complexity of life. But what kind of faith should we follow? After all, there are many religions. The answer to that question is not simple, and it deserves our utmost attention.

Belief in God – What are the reasons people believe?
People often have belief in God for the wrong reasons, such as:

  • To fit in with society. But strong people want truth more than they merely want to fit in.
  • Just in case. But God wants sincere believers, not people looking for an insurance policy.
  • Pressure. But faith is too important to simply believe what others tell us.
  • To feel better about themselves. That may be a result, but it’s too small to be the foundation.
  • Because their parents do. But what if our parents also believed for the same reason?
  • To find a good spouse. Though important, marriage is small compared to eternity.
If we believe in God for one of those reasons—even if what we believe is right—we’re people of faith in name only, not in heart. There’s a word for that: hypocrisy. It comes from the ancient Greek language and means to act in a play. In real life, it’s not enough to be a good actor. God isn’t fooled. We need to be sincere. To do that, we must scrutinize what we’ve heard and search for what is right. As the Bible says,
    “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

    The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. “For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:24-28a).

Belief in God – Are you a sincere seeker?
Sincere seekers will examine both the words and the life of the world’s religious leaders. Among them, Jesus is universally recognized as one of the greatest. When you consider Him, you’ll see that He doesn’t give us the freedom to hold wildly different opinions about Him. He forces us to consider Him either a liar (but that’s unlikely, given that He died for His beliefs), a madman (that’s also unlikely, given that He lived such a consistently good life), or He is who He claimed to be—our Lord, the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of all who go to Him.

Belief in God can cost us a great deal, even our earthly life. Many of Jesus’ disciples have been killed because of their faith. But compared to eternity, this life—precious though it may be—is small.

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Compliments of Scott Munger, PhD, Biblica, All rights reserved in the original.

What do you think?
We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, I want to follow Jesus

I am a follower of Jesus

I still have questions

How can I know God?

If you died, why should God let you into heaven?

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