“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear ” (1 Peter 3:15) .
In my first post i had mentioned that in this blog I will be sharing bible truth and showing the relevance of the scriptures in this generation. So in order to lay a foundation for the material that I will share I will first expose the reasons to ‘why I believe what I believe’.
There are so many different religions and faith groups out there, why choose to believe in the Christian God, why not be Hindu or Buddhist?. It would be very unconvincing to say that you’re a christian but you don’t really know why you are one. We should always be able to give a clear answer as to why we believe what we believe and so in this post I will attempt to do just that.
I grew up in a Christian home so it would be really easy for me to say that I am Christian because my family is Christian. However this isn’t why I choose to believe! I chose to be one based on a personal desire to seek, find and follow the truth, this involved analysing and weighing up the roots of each faith I researched into. I believe that there has to come a time when, even if you were born in a certain faith, you have to be able to stand on your own two feet to prove your faith in order to know, believe, understand and to be able to explain to someone why you believe what you believe.
In every culture on this planet there is a knowledge or an understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Universally, most Christians will agree that going against the word of God means you’re doing an act of sin The God of the Bible takes sin seriously. God created life (Gen 1:1, Psalms 24:1, Collosians 1:16) yet when sin came into the world his love was shown when he sent his Son into the world to become as one of his own creation (John 1:14). He came to this earth to save sinners, to show to us the true character of God, to show that even in this world of corruption and wrong that you can still personally choose to do what is right. He also came to demonstrate the true purpose of life and then to give up his own life. Jesus is the center of the faith.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” (1 John 3:1) …“He was pure and holy, yet on Him was laid the iniquity of us all….He raised the dead by His power; yet He suffered the agony of a most terrible death. All this Christ suffered for us…”
One of the many reasons to why I am a Christian is because of the experience I have had during my journey in this faith. Since Jesus is the center of the faith it would be wise to examine what he said about himself when he was here on this earth. Let’s consider this one statement that Jesus himself made in John Chapter 8 from verse 57-59. A brief contextual analogy of the preceding verses shows that Jesus was in dialogue among a gathering of Jews.
‘…Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him…’.
This is an incredible statement in which Jesus essentially claimed that he was God, This would seem to be blasphemy in the eyes of those present at the time, and the Jews understood exactly what he was saying because as it says “…They took up stones to throw at Him”.Another bold claim made by Jesus can be found in the book of John chapter 14. Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. This statement essentially says that The only way to get to God the father is through Jesus the Son of God. This is another strong passage because Jesus doesn’t consider himself to be A way but rather he is THE way. This is a very strong statement and shows a difference between Jesus and the other religions that exist in our society.
The foundation of what I believe is based on the Bible, the inspired word of God “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3:16). If the Bible was not given by the inspiration of God then this would mean that the bible would only be as reliable as the level of knowledge that the writer had at that particular time. The evidence showing that the word of God is reliable through the old testament prophecies which were fulfilled in the new testament is reliable evidence that God’s word can be trusted.
The study of Jesus can be described as the study of truth (John 14:6, John 1:17,John 1:3, Psalms 24:1) and so likewise the study of the word of God is the study of truth (John 17:17). This is the foundation of the faith as to why I believe what I believe. (Romans 10:17)
“choose this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”.