Belief not enough: Parents of a young man shared their feelings on the spirituality of their son when asked if he had any religious beliefs. “We don’t care what he believes, just so he believes in something,” they said confidently. Please indulge me, because I take great issue with that statement.
Belief in anything is deadly
The parents don’t realize that their statement is, according to this writer, deadly. It implies that either there is no God, who establishes what is true and what is false. Or, that God simply doesn’t care what we believe, because all religions are alike and none of them are more significant than the others.
Throughout the time of human history there has always been religion of some form or fashion. It’s the way we are wired. Man, being made in the image of God, is hardwired for worship. But worship of what?
Belief not enough: God determines what is true
Karl Marx, the author of the Communist Manifesto, wrote, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” He understood man’s inclination to embrace religion, but his idea was not complete because it left out the reality of truth. Marx should have said “false religion is the opiate of the masses.”
The almighty creator God of the universe determines what is and what is not true. We live in a post-truth world, where “truth” is relative and there is no absolute truth. Actual truth is inconvenient.
People worship what they want to worship; what makes them feel good. One of the weaknesses of the evangelical church is the emphasis on having a great praise band entertaining the audience, complete with a light show. Or its pastors who preaching a prosperity gospel, telling us that if we have enough belief or faith things will turn out fine.
Churches can drift away from truth
Not to belabor the point, but the church, by demand of its congregations, drifts father away from the truth as time goes by. Here in America, we are numbed by the entertainment industry and social media.
As truth fades, it’s all focused on us. Since the earliest days, man, in his desire for worship, chose to worship himself, wealth, power, celebrity. All of these are false gods. We do, however, compromise at times by telling others, “what is true for you may not be true for me.” The statement is illogical.
We are often disobedient
We don’t necessarily want to follow the path that God has laid out for us. Adam and Eve went against God in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit God had forbidden them to eat. We supersize the free-will that God has given us, often turning away from Him and rejecting His mercy and love. Call it pride, arrogance or just stupidity, but we choose to focus inward rather than outward. We focus on ourselves not God or truth.
Truth has been available
There are plenty of things to worship. The truth has always been before us.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
God’s truth is the narrow path, because it is absolute. Everything to the right and to the left is false, which is why Jesus said:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)
What is true is revealed through God’s word. The Bible tells us the truth. Through its 66 books, the contiguous story is told. If you want the truth, it’s there. You are free to reject it or embrace it, it’s your choice.