By Robert E. Guinn
Faith and belief are constantly used to justify one's religious
practice and/or conduct. Yet that justification makes no sense if that
faith is not a personal faith. So, what does it mean for faith to be
For faith to be personal it must be more than a mere acceptance or
acknowledgement of supposed facts. It is deeper than simply having an
answer for a Bible question. Personally developed, faith can properly
answer the question, "Why do you believe?" Not just supplying reasons
to believe, but answering the question, "What truly persuades you to be a
Christian?" or "Why are you convinced?" This answer should go deeper
than the "I feel" responses and be more confident than "I think"
statements. So, why do I believe? I am glad you asked.
I believe there is a God. When I consider Newton's Third Law, the
Law of Bio- genesis, and the First Law of Thermodynamics, I find the
Big Bang and Evolutionary theories contradicting fundamental laws of
science and the natural world. I believe that the universe was created
by a supernatural being known as God. I see design, engineering, and
craftsmanship in our natural world. We look at a motorized vehicle and
know that due to its complexity it was designed, engineered, and crafted
by someone or something. In like manner, a small leaf from one tree is
more complex than that automobile. I believe in a super-natural,
I believe in the Bible. The most reliable documents from
antiquity, based on manuscript evidence, are the Sacred Scriptures we
call the New Testament documents. In a span of over two thousand years
both the Old and New Testaments were penned. At least forty different
humans, from various walks of life, were involved in its recording.
Though supposed contradictions exist, I have yet to see one that cannot
be adequately explained. Though its origin is found in antiquity, the
Bible itself is not antiquated. The Bible has proven to be timeless and
relevant to our present age with proper study and application. The
Bible possesses the fingerprints of Divine origin. I believe that the
Bible is the inspired inerrant Word of God.
I believe in Christ. The Bible is not the only ancient document
that mentions Jesus as a real historical figure. Still, the New
Testament, being the most reliable ancient document from manuscript
evidence, clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the son of God (Matthew
3:17, 17:5). He willingly allowed himself to be murdered by crucifixion
(Luke 22-23), as a sinless sacrifice (Hebrews 4:15), for the sins of
those willing to submit to His will (John 3:16, 36; Hebrews 5:9).
Being raised to life again, he proved there is hope for life after this
one (1 Corinthians 15; Romans 8). I believe in the risen, crucified
Savior of my soul.
If I truly believe in these three faith statements, then my life should
be in a constant state of transformation (Romans 12). No longer living
for self but living for Christ (Romans 3). My belief should compel me to
action, being grateful for God's salvation (James 1-2).
Do you believe? Why do you believe?
- Robert Guinn preaches for the Central Church of Christ in Paducah KY.
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