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Who Knows What to Believe Anymore?
by Daryl E. Witmer
One day in the early Summer of 1999 I was on my way from the Parsonage to the church when I came upon a smiling, middle-aged neighbor lady who greeted me pleasantly. I chatted with her for a bit, and then mentioned that I hadn’t seen her in church recently. Suddenly her expression changed to a deep frown. She said, “Oh, I know that I’ve been delinquent. But it’s for a reason.” I said, “Would you care to share that reason with me?” She said, “Well, it’s just that I’m so confused about what to believe anymore. I mean, you teach one thing; the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach another. There are a million different religions out there these days. And even those who say that they believe in the Bible each have their own interpretation about what it means. Who knows what to believe anymore?”
Now the best simple answer to the actual question that my neighbor asked might go something like this: “Those who have come to enjoy a real personal relationship with Jesus Christ by following all of the available evidence about life and truth to its most reasonable conclusion.” Those are the folks who still know what to believe these days -even in the face of such a huge smorgasbord of religious views.
The only alternative to staking at least some sort of faith claim is agnosticism, and that is quite often just a cheap intellectual cop out. Syncretism and syncretistic religions such as Baha’ism are logically inconsistent with the truth claims of many specific faiths. Polytheism is frequently regarded as outdated. And it is impossible to live consistently with the tenets of true Eastern pantheistic monism (in the West aka New Age mysticism) and its many related relativistic thoughtforms.
That essentially leaves monotheism. But Judaism per se is unable to explain Jesus in terms of the graphic pictures of the Messiah painted by the Jewish writers themselves in texts like Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. And Islam is unable to adequately explain either the cross or the resurrection of Christ.
The cults (Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, the Unification Church, etc.) all clearly violate the very core of Christianity on which they claim to be built – see Galatians 1:6-9.
That leaves Christianity itself. And the more you check out Christianity, the more that the general and special revelation of God begins to fit the facts.
The mere Christian faith also happens to effectively answer my neighbor’s confusion about “all of those differences within Bible-based Christianity.”
When she brought that up, I said, “Listen – there are no major differences within orthodox Christianity. Only relatively minor differences that we can and should and must learn to live with, and work out, in order to demonstrate the love of Jesus.”
So… there really is an intelligent answer to the riddle about what to believe. The answer is Jesus. Jesus of Nazareth was unique in history. Jesus Christ is unique today.
All other religious leaders throughout world history have pointed to this principle or that system and said, “Now that is the truth. This is the way. Follow that creed or listen to this teaching and it will lead you to ultimate life and reality.” But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
The Christian Church has always somehow eventually managed to sort out truth from error. And today historic orthodox Christianity stands as the most reasonable faith system of all – fully viable and altogether available for any and all of those who may ever have wondered, “Who knows what to believe anymore?”
It is possible that you may decide to begin believing in Jesus Christ, and to receive Him by faith as the leader of your life. If so, please let us know about your decision. We’d like to forward to you literature that will help you to grow in your relationship with Him.