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Why What You Believe Matters

What you believe will dramatically affect your life forever and those around you, too. As human beings, we like to go along with the crowd and just get along with everyone. We tend to believe what the people around us believe and that can be good, or bad.

Take, for example, a student who is surrounded by highly intelligent professors who are atheists. He might become an atheist, too. Why? Because intelligence is impressive and subconsciously he thinks that to believe in God would make him look less intelligent, so he doesn’t even search out the truth. Instead, he believes what is most comfortable.

In the same way, Christians might believe what those around them believe, even when it isn’t Biblically correct.

Why? Because religious beliefs that conform to cultural norms make life easier. In the Apostle Paul’s day, Judaism pressured Christians to conform to the law. Today, political correctness pressures us to conform to secular thought.

For example, some say, “I believe people of all faiths worship the same God.”

That sounds nice, and is very ecumenical, but it isn’t true. And truth is important because people’s eternity depends on it.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Another example is abortion. Being pro-life is unpopular in many circles. (Just ask a politician.) To say, “I think it’s a woman’s choice” may get you off the hook. It’s the easy way out. But is it true? If we don’t do it, but we condone it, are we still innocent?

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. Psalm 139:13&15 NLT

There are preachers today who teach false doctrines and many people follow them. The Bible warns us over and over about it. (If you don’t believe me, search the Scriptures for yourself.) My intention is not to tell you what is false and what is true, but to highlight the need to carefully and prayerfully examine what we hear to see if it’s true.

The Apostle Paul chided the Church at Corinth:

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.  I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”   I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-6

Paul insinuates that these false teachers were trained speakers. (Probably very entertaining and popular!) Are we drawn to a preacher by his charisma and personality?

Loving the truth is vital to living a life that brings glory to God. Therefore the importance of studying God’s Word and knowing it well cannot be overstated. If we serve a “Jesus” that we have designed to fit our wants and needs, one who serves our purposes and selfish ambitions, that is idolatry. That is another “Jesus”, not the one who said, “Take up your cross and follow me.”

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11

If a “Jesus” was preached that appealed to human greed, would I blindly accept it?

If a “Jesus” was preached that appealed to my pride and self-interests, would I blindly accept it?

If a “Jesus” was preached that appealed to my fleshly desires, would I blindly accept it?

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:13-15

The more I study God’s Word, the more I understand that this life is but a whisper. It’s not about me, it’s about the Savior. My purpose is to bring glory to God. The message is simple. It’s not about new revelations and hidden symbolic meanings to make our life here on Earth free of trials and hardships. Jesus sumed up the message of God’s Word like this:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (and) Love your neighbor as yourself.Mark 12:28-31

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you, today. Comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

All Scriptures are NIV unless otherwise noted.

With Love,

Cindy

My Journey Unscripted

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27 thoughts on “Why What You Believe Matters”

  1. Take up your Cross … that those who believe in him shall not perish … love the Lord your God …
    A wonderful summation of the salvation Christ offers. Truth is NOT relative. Thanks for this post Cindy. Peace.

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  2. You have completely hit the nail on the head, Cindy. Agreeing with cultural norms does make life easier, but Jesus never said an easy life was the life for a believer. He said He came to bring division. You have done an excellent job of stressing the importance of being in the Word and gaining discernment. Thank you!

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  3. Thank you so much for this! My daughter is 14 and wants to follow the crowd because it’s easier like you said. It’s hard to keep her on track when there’s so much “off the path” stuff being thrown in her face daily. I’m going to share these verses with her and just pray for God to guide her.

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    1. I would recommend talking to her and guiding her, but listen to what she has to say. In other words, keep communication open. Show her that she can talk openly with you and you will still love her and always tell her the truth. Pray for her and ask God to guide you and give you wisdom. Love you, Sister. Blessings Michelle!

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  4. Really like what you share here Cindy. Truth cannot be shaped to suit us. We are to take up the cross and follow Him. Nowadays there is so much of half truths out there. We need to be in the word to know the difference.

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  5. Hi Cindy, loved this post because the simplicity of trusting in Jesus is spoken gently, with love, and it would be hard I would think, for anyone not to see that. Sound advice throughout. Thank you for your faithful witness. Love in Christ and blessings.

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  6. I’m glad you decided to converse with me. I hope we can have a discussion. To believe in Jesus or to not believe in Him is the biggest and most important decision anyone will ever make. If Jesus is who He said He is and you reject HIm, you will spend eternity in Hell. I know you are thinking: “I don’t believe that!”
    But consider this for a moment: What if you are wrong? On the other hand, there is no danger in seeking God’s truth. Right?
    So why not take the time to look into it a little?
    You’re right about this: Christians do disagree with each other and think they are right. But this is the crux of the matter: I’m not asking you to join the Christian religion. I’m asking you to follow Jesus. Christians make mistakes all the time. That’s true. We are human beings! But, Jesus IS who He said He is. And following Him will change your life forever.
    Why not open your mind to the possibility? He knows your heart. If you want to know the truth, He knows that. But if your heart is hardened, He knows that, too.
    Know this: God loves you. He died for you.
    John 3:16-21 says this:
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
    I sincerely hope you will converse with me about this.
    What led you to your convictions? I’m interested.
    Love, Cindy

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    1. Thank you for responding to my message. You have presented a myriad of topics for discussion. Let’s take one thing at a time. I looked at your blog. I definitely sense animosity toward Christians. There must be some reason for that. Have you been hurt in some way by a Christian? That would certainly explain a lot.

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      1. I’m glad to find out that you have not been hurt.
        You said, “Then I found out that Christians don’t all agree on very basic things and there is no evidence for the claims in the bible.”
        Logic says that just because Christians can’t agree does not mean that Jesus is not who He said He is.
        Now as to “no evidence for the claims in the Bible.” Here’s a really big piece of evidence:
        All of the Old Testament prophesies about the Messaih were fulfilled by Jesus.
        You said, “I also came to the conclusion that even if this god existed, I wouldn’t worship it anyway since it is violent and ignorant if the bible is correct.” This tells me that you don’t know the Bible. “God is love.” 1 John 4:16
        Sure, there are things, especially in the Old Testament, that I don’t understand. But I also know this: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
        You said that the false claims of Christians harm people. What claims?

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        1. I’m so sad that you feel this way about the God who loves you. I don’t think there is anything I can say that will change your mind. You are well versed on the writings of atheists. If you only look at those writings, you will never be able to find the truth. I encourage you to spend at least as much time reading Christian apologists as you do reading atheists.
          You say Jesus doesn’t exist, but I know Him. He comforts me. He encourages me. He guides me. Best of all, He forgives me of my sins. The Bible is our precious gift. I am reading it through for the 3rd time right now.
          I still think there is some reason that you feel so strongly about these things. I just don’t know what it is, but God does.
          I can’t explain how sad I feel right now. I have been praying for you and I will continue to pray for you – that God will soften your heart and open your eyes that you will know the love of Christ.
          Love, Cindy

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          1. Again, Cindy, you have nothing to show your god exists, much less loves me. If you had evidence, you could change my mind.

            You don’t have any. You have the same baseless claims that other theists use, theists you don’t believe. You are also trying to lie and claim I’ve only looked at the writings of atheists. I’ve read many many Christian apologists. They don’t even agree with each other.

            You do not know some magical being, Cindy. You want to claim you do sincen it is an intoxicating idea, that some magical being agrees with you. You have no sins, and need no magical forgiveness.

            Every Christain claims guidance and encouragement, and funny how you all get different contradictory messages.

            God knows nothing sine it doesn’t exist. And you need to pretend thath something bad happened so you have an excuse of why I don’t agree with you.

            You claim that you will pray for me to agree with you. I’ve literally had hundreds of Christians claim the exact same thing.

            Why do your and their prayers fail when Jesus promises that anything asked for will be granted (John 14)? Does your god love me as I am? Does your god find you wrong? Or is it that your god simply doesn’t exist?

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            1. You are treading on dangerous ground. Not only do you reject what Christ has done for you, you lead others astray with your preaching. I have shared the Gospel message with you. The rest is up to you. What will you do with the message of His glorious grace?

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              1. There is nothing dangerous, Cindy. No threat, no god. Christians can’t agree on what their god considers sin or how one is saved so I’m not bothered by a billion opinions. I was a Christian, and already know the story. It has nothing to support it and fear and ignorance won’t bring it back.

                Christians claim that everyone but themselves “leads” people astray. It’s not impressive.

                I’ve read the bible. It has a god that screwed up in Eden, where it allowed the “snake” (which Christians can’t agree if its a snake or a magical being), into the garden either intentionally (and then didn’t warn Adam and Eve) or couldn’t keep it out.

                Then A&E believed this god when it said that everything in the garden was fine, except that tree. He didn’t mention that chatty snake. This god kept them from knowing good and evil and knowing it was a bad idea to disobey this god. They were ignorant as children.

                It kicked A&E out rather than showing the mercy and forgiveness that Christians constantly claim their god has. It then damns everyone for the actions of two people, when it promises not to do that.

                We have two more attempts to correct its failure, the flood and the laws that came out of the exodus. These are two events that cannot be shown to have ever occurred.

                Then we have, after apparently thousands of years, thsi god finally deciding that it needs a blood sacrifice of part of itself to another part of itself, to “forgive” humans for something that they weren’t at fault for.

                Christ did nothing for me. The story is a myth.

                There is no “message of his glorious grace”. Christians each make up their own baseless claims. And I’m not afraid of a imaginary god nor of one, if real, that kills children, Cindy.

                I do note that you are too afraid of allowing my post anymore. Your curiosity is sated?

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