Is there a God?
Which God preached on Earth is the real one (if any)?
Does God (if He exists) have Laws that I am to obey?
Are there consequence for breaking God’s laws (if He does exist and does indeed have laws)?
Is there an afterlife?
Was Jesus simply a man, or was He more than a man?
Did Jesus have a particular mission in mind when He lived and died on this planet?
Did Jesus arise from the dead?
Now let me ask you to reflect on how you viewed these question. Do you think they are in the world of the abstract and philosophical? Do you feel that these are all religious questions? They aren’t! Every single one of the above questions are questions concerning reality. Each one of them pertains to facts that you will someday verify. They are not at all abstract or subjective. The factual answers to these questions cannot be altered by our debates, beliefs and denials. They are not open to interpretation. If you were asked, “Was Abraham Lincoln an actual President of the United States, or is he a fictional character?” the answer would be either, “Yes, he was a real President” or “No, he is a fictional character. There is a fact-based answer that would be either right (if you answered “yes”) or wrong (if you answered “no”). The question concerning Lincoln is not of political nature, it is simply a factual and historical query.
The questions above pertain to present reality or historical fact, not experience or belief. Many, many people view these questions and the discussion of such things to be subjective. “What’s true for you might not be true for me” is the motto of many when discussing things of this nature. But this is a ridiculous and poorly reasoned. There are indeed subjective topics discussed in religion, but far fewer than most people think. Facts of reality are facts of reality. Some may disagree on the facts… we may argue the facts… some facts may not be verifiable this side of the grave, but facts (or truths) are not subjective or flexible. In this short post I am not discussing any of these topics themselves, I am merely asking you to consider how you view the claims of Christianity and other religions. I am asking you to consider how you read the Bible, when it lays out much of its’ content as historical fact. Do you think the these things are abstract and subjective? They most assuredly are not! And considering the nature of the facts being discussed, is there anything more important than coming to a correct knowledge of the true facts? Of course not! It is of the utmost importance that you take the time to search out these truths!
Please take the time to consider your views…