by Dr. Foster H. Shannon
We all know that there are religions other than Christianity. Many in the world are attracted by these other religions. In the United States and elsewhere there are atheists, who deny the reality of God. How can we be assured that faith in Jesus Christ will lead us to righteousness and a good life? Can an atheist be assured that there is no God?
The God of the Bible has created us in his image. We are his children, with choices to make. We have the freedom to choose another religion, or even deny that there is a God who created the world. But none of the other religions have hope and offer such goodness as Christianity. The path that God sets for us in the Bible will lead us to joy in the magnificence of our God and the universe. The study of the Bible will lead us to the best life in this world and the presence of almighty God in eternity. Your presence in Sunday worship indicates your loyalty to God.
The order and symmetry of the universe is evidence for the existence of God. Only by the most strained hypotheses, can the universe be explained without God. Although many prominent scientists patronizingly dispose of the biblical world-view as irrational, Dr. A. E. Wilder Smith, former professor of pharmacology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, convincingly contends that it is their systems that are irrational and indefensible.
The United States of America would not exist without a Bible and many who have been convinced of its truth are assured of the reality of God.
George Whitefield was a great preacher in the Church of England, who became one of the greatest of Christian Evangelists. He made seven ocean trips from England to the American Colonies, sharing with many preachers in The Great Awakening and building a foundation upon which the Constitution of the United States was established. The Colonies and the nations in Europe were greatly influenced by George Whitefield, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Wesley.
Have you ever sought directions from someone who helped you? If you follow the directions and find the place which you had been looking for, you are thankful that you were given good directions. If you cannot find the place you’d wanted to go—you then realize you were misled and given bad directions (or misunderstood them). In the same way, as we believe in God and follow His directions, we find the goodness in our lives we were seeking. God proves himself to us by showing us the results of living a good life. We can see the reliability of the teachings of Jesus: To live in truth and honesty, to respect each other and be unwilling to hurt others. It becomes reasonable and not our imagination that He is revealing himself to us.
Most of the religious and sacred writings of the world do not claim to be divine revelation. Rather they claim to be a form of spiritual insight. In contrast, the Bible shows God revealing himself through divine revelation, authentically giving commands to many people. What the Bible has to say about the nature of man and the condition of man rings true. As one of the more compelling reasons for belief in the Bible it accurately assesses the nature of human beings. When a person reads of Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, and Paul, we are confronted with real people in real situations. The biblical accounts of human experience are just as relevant today as when they happened. We understand that the information in the Bible recognizes both our sin and our goodness. God calls upon us to trust God, to recognize his teachings, to change our ways and to have faith in Him.
People intuitively understand that God will give us better days— that we we can be delivered from the torches of sin and grow in the grace of God. And He is calling you.
Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)
”I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil;” (Romans 16:19)
“O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” ~Romans 11:33
“…learn of Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~Matthew 11:29
Read the Bible every day!