Every belief comes from something that you think is true. You believe in the law of gravity, because you can know and feel it. We know that 2 + 2 = 4, because that’s how Mathematics worked, right? We always have choices — to believe or not to believe. You cannot be forced to believe in something. You can’t be driven by peer pressure to believe something as true. There are things we believe in that won’t really define you; like if you believed in the Tooth Fairy, for example. It won’t cause any harm. But there are also beliefs that could define you and your eternity; like perhaps your thoughts and insights on life after death. This is why there are a lot of religions… they attempt to answer life’s most important questions, like “What will happen after I die?” “Is there really a God?” “What should I do to get to paradise?”
Here’s a fact: you may sincerely believe in something, but it does not guarantee it is the truth. I’ve had questions before, and right now, as I write this for you, I want to encourage you that the race that we have been running for is not in vain, because who we believe in is alive — and He is working in every Christian heart.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
— Romans 1:21
The Lord has implanted in our hearts that there is a God. Some hearts are just really rebellious and decided to turn their hearts away from Him.
Peter says, “…but in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” If we are ever questioned for the faith and hope that we have, we will always have the freedom to defend it.
I. He Is The Truth
Before anything else, truth, in its most basic sense, is conformity to fact or actuality. Some people have different perceptions on truth. There are some people who believe that there is no true reality, sometimes called ‘situational ethics.’ They believe only in perceptions and opinions. They believe everything is relative to another. Truth would always depend on the situation. It’s plain illogical to think that relative truth exists, because just asking, “Are you absolutely sure that there is no absolute truth?” to someone who believes in relative truth, and he answers, “Yes,” he is definitely stating an absolute truth. The argument for relative truth is self-refuting.
Another side of the story, is absolute truth. It really is. Truth is absolute — universal. The human conscience proves it. We can always have the ability to know what is right and what is wrong. Isn’t science the pursuit for knowledge and the truth? Aren’t religions made to give an absolute meaning and definition to life? Thinking about the definition of truth, it is also right to think about the One who created the truth. There must be some Creator who puts standard for the truth.
Someone in the Bible claimed to be the truth. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Here is the truth: there is an all-knowing God who created us so that He could reveal Himself that we may know Him through His son, Jesus Christ.
II. His Story is History
This article has been stating verses from a holy book, the Bible. Again, a lot of people have been skeptical about the accuracy and truthfulness of this book. If you think this is another of your mythological books with moral stories, think again. The Bible is historical. It claimed creation, stated real stories of King Nebuchadnezzar, and Pharaohs in Egypt! Jesus is a real person who was in the Earth, we can see that from our dates way back history. BC means Before Christ! Just the thought that our historical dates were recorded in that way meant Jesus is real. He really resurrected from the dead. There were eyewitnesses to record such a fact. The first eyewitnesses of Jesus were women, as stated in the Bible. Back in the old times, women were of less regard in Jewish cultures. The Bible was stating the truth — even if it was humiliating to tell that women were the first to see Him raised back to life. Sir Lionel Luckhoo, an exceptional attorney, once said, “The evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.” I encourage you to try looking for answers, and if you truly seek for knowledge with the right intentions, it will be found.
III. We Are Crucified With Him
The first two bullet points are internal reasons and all based on facts and further research. This next point would be more empirical (based on experience) and perhaps the most crucial and important reason of all. I believe in the God of the Bible because I have experienced Him personally in my life. I pray that you experience Him personally in your life. As soon as we surrender our lives to Him, we are a new creation. Your old and sinful self has died with Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin, we are free from the sin that easily entangled us. As we surrender our lives to Him, we possess the Holy Spirit of God — the Spirit that is at work within every Christian body and the mark of our true salvation. The Spirit that is at work in Jesus, Paul, or Peter is the same Holy Spirit that is at work within you! Once we have surrendered our life to Him, our main objective is to become more like Christ — to become more like God in our character and conformed to His image. Christlikeness will always be the main objective of Christianity.
Knowing why you believe in something is just as important as knowing who and what to believe in. It is crucial to know the reason and foundation behind your faith, because this is what will always keep you going and motivated. Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias said, “The truth matters — especially when you’re on the receiving end of a lie.” Eternity is a destructively long time to be wrong. We may not have all the answers, and we may never know everything, but He is the all-knowing God; and His ways are not our ways. His understanding surpasses human understanding. If you have questions and doubts regarding the faith though, it’s not bad. Seek for His answers and His evidence. You’ll be surprised and overwhelmed with how much evidence there is to have. He has promised that if you ask, it will be given to you; and if you seek, you will find.
P.S.: I’ve got good websites and books to share for you for more apologetics and worldview readings.
1. Got Questions: Bible Questions Answered (available on Playstore/AppStore; also a website)
2. Answers in Genesis (website)
3. Timothy Keller — The Reason for God (book)
4. Lee Strobel — The Case for Christ (book)
5. C.S. Lewis — Mere Christianity (book)