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      The Danger in Believing in "I Believe"

      Tuesday, September 18, 2007

      In America, one of the most humanistic places in all the world (which is a negative thing), we have been aggressively encouraged to believe that we are only what makes up our own individual beliefs; namely that those which we grew up with and which have formed us from an early age, will stay with us for the rest of our lives. This certainly sounds good on the surface, but what about the implications of such a statement? Certainly the atheist believes (or at least professes to believe) that there is no God. He says, "I believe that there is no God." But is the truth that there is one? Of course. All through the atheist's "belief life", he believes a lie. He judges everything based on "his beliefs". Note that. Does he base everything on the truth or his own beliefs? On his own beliefs is what he bases his decisions, not on the truth. Take me for example. I haven't done well in Calculus certain semesters, but all because I believed that the certain way I "solved" a problem was in fact solving the problem when it was not. Sure I got partial credit here and there, but the fact was if you asked me to solve one of those problems, I could only give you what "I believed" was the way to solve it and not the actual way. I hope you wouldn't take my word on solving a projection motion problem rather than the person that has got the degree on the subject and is teaching the class! If "Johnny" down the road tells you that he believes that 2+2=5, do you take him at his word and let the lie stand as it is because that is what he professes to believe and maybe even conform to the lie because of a cowardice to stand up to error? Of course not. (At least I hope not!)

      Now take that to Christendom. Many, many people say, "I believe in Jesus Christ." They take that to mean, "Oh, I'm saved, I walked the aisle and said the prayer when I was twelve, and I'm going to heaven when I die because I believe in Jesus Christ", but when you go to Bible and see Jesus Christ for how and who he really is, their "sincerely held belief of Jesus Christ" and Jesus Christ don't match up. It is true that the Scriptures say that you must believe on Jesus Christ to be saved, but is it talking about a buffet full of different Jesus's for us to choose from based on our own liking or is it talking about the ONLY Jesus Christ.

      People wonder why Christianity is "going down the tube". I submit the reason why it seems that way is because it's based on what many people "believe" is Chrstianity and is not Christianity at all. Satan himself can change into an angel of light, and its no wonder that his servants do the same. (2Cor 11:14-15) Make sure that what you believe is the truth, which means that if your beliefs are in error, you will have to let go of those beliefs. Let's say you were hanging off the side of a mountain and a person came by and threw you down a rope. You didn't look up to get the rope because you "didn't believe" that it was there. Your sincerely held belief is that there was no rope there. Does that change the fact that there IS a rope there? Of course it doesn't. Just as the atheist can't change the fact that there is a God (only one) regardless of what he believes, the same is true for Jesus Christ regardless of what you believe. Jesus Christ says, "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me, he cannot be My disciple." (Luk 14:26-27) He also says, "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword."(Mat 10:34) He even says, "Do not lay up treasures on earth for yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up treasures in Heaven for yourselves, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. ...Again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Mat 19:24)(Mat 6:19-20) If you say, "Well, that's not the Jesus Christ that I believe in! That's not the one that I grew up with! I believe that Jesus wants EVERYBODY to be rich! I believe that he came to bring families together, not to cause separation!", well, that solves the case then that you aren't really believing in Jesus Christ at all. He might have the name Jesus Christ, but if He differs from what is revealed in Scripture, you're believing in a counterfeit... no matter how "sincerely held" your belief is. It is vitally important to believe in the true Jesus Christ who is come in the flesh because you know what the Scripture says (or maybe you don't), "He who believes on Him is not κρίνω (judged, condemned, separated), but he who does not believe is κρίνω (judged, condemned) already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten(note Jesus doesn't say the fifteen)Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil." - Jesus Christ (Joh 3:18-19)

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