Facilitate our religious decisions


There are many decisions in life that are difficult to make. Oftentimes hard decisions are hard to make only because we don’t have all the knowledge about that subject that would make the decision that much easier. Such is the case when it comes to accepting God and adhering to his will. The Bible alone is made up of sixty-six books, eleven hundred and eighty-nine chapters and thirty-one thousand one hundred and one verses, and there are other books that are used by various religious organizations. Solomon wrote: “And moreover, by these, my son, be warned: to make many books, there is no end; and much study is weariness of the flesh” (Ecc. 12:12). The apostle John wrote in reference to the life of Christ: “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if they should all be written down, I suppose even the world itself could not not contain the books that should be written. writing” (John 21:25). With so much information out there (whether true or false), it can certainly be understandable if people have trouble figuring out exactly where to go and what to do. Thus, we embark on a mission to present five lessons designed to minimize the difficulty in making our religious decisions. In the past, we didn’t usually present serial type lessons except for a few times. This will be another one of those exceptions.

Although the introduction has shortened our usual space, our first point is one that we can present with possibly a shorter discussion. This certainly does not mean that this point is not of great importance, because it is the very basis of all our decisions in the field of religion. However, we can keep this one brief because almost everyone who reads these articles has already made up their minds regarding this topic.

One must decide whether there is a God who created man and therefore has absolute authority over man or whether there is no such God. Speaking of the abundance of information, multitudes of books have been written both to defend the existence of God and to oppose the existence of God. Charles Darwin’s entire job in his effort to prove his theory of evolution was to provide an alternative to the existence of God. With the modern equivalent of Mr. Darwin’s theory taught to our children from an early age as fact rather than theory, it’s no wonder many have doubts about the existence of God. The importance of the correct decision in this matter is seen in the Hebrew writer’s statement: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is their rewarder. who diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6).

Let us briefly present some easy to understand arguments, but which should make it easy to see that there must have been some divine creator. First, one can appeal to what is called the cosmological argument, or the cause and effect argument. It is the law of causality which is the basis of all scientific study. Every effect must have an adequate cause. There are only three possible explanations for the existence of our universe: 1. It is neither a cause nor an effect, it is eternal. 2. It caused or created itself. 3. It was caused by another; it is the effect of a cause greater than itself. The universe is full of examples of cause and effect. The pyramids exist, therefore there was a builder. The Hebrew writer said, “Every house is built by a man” (Heb. 3:4), which is an example of this law. The logic applied to this law teaches: Nothing creates anything. Something is now. Therefore, something or someone had to cause this effect to exist. The Bible teaches that someone who has always existed is God.

The second argument we might note is the teleological argument. The word may sound like a deep topic, but it just means that anything that features design needs a designer. As a boy wondering about the woods on our farm, I came across a portion of chimney in the middle of the forest. It was only about six feet tall, but I knew right away from its shape that it was part of an old fireplace. My dad confirmed there was a house there, but I already knew that because there was design in those bricks. It is impossible for an honest person to look at the world around us and not see the design. Take a look at your own body for example. As the psalmist said, “I will praise you; for I am made in a fearful and marvelous way” (Psalm 139:14). Solomon said, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made them both” (Proverbs 20:12). To an honest mind there is no doubt whether God exists or not. The Bible says from the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

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