All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof; for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
Like all of us, I have a set of beliefs about God, life after death, etc. Foundational to those beliefs is the belief that the Bible, the canonized 66 books of it, is the very Word of God. I cannot not believe the Bible is true because it a) does not contradict itself, b) every prophecy ever presented has come true and c) archaelogical evidence supports it. Basically, I have examined it thoroughly and have found it sufficient to bet my eternal destiny upon.
Why am I saying all of this? More importantly, many of you are probably wondering why in the world I would choose to "call out" a major religion on this blog in my last post when I have never done it before? (If you haven't read that post and the lively discussion there, I'd encourage you to do so). The answer, dear readers is because if I know the truth and see that others may be going down a slippery slope of deception, I must warn them. When I come across something presented in the world (in this case it was from a Newsweek magazine in my doctor's office) that contradicts my faith, I must speak the truth in love.
Does it mean that I shout from the rooftops or every street corner or confront everyone I know at the exact moment I notice an error? Does it mean that I think less of the person in error? Absolutely not. My history in life as well as on this blog over the past two and a half years proves otherwise. I do not like to pick on or pick apart other religions. Doing so is an endless task and does nothing but bring others down rather than build people up in their faith.
With all of that said, I am thankful I came across the article this week in Newsweek and dared to post about it. Controversy is good, you know. If we never address our differences but instead avoid talking about them, how can we ever find out who is right? If there is not a spark to light the fire of awareness, won't most people just continue on in their own ways? We can all be better in life. We can all understand what we believe in and why if we just take the time to study out the issues. In closing I have just two questions that every believer of any faith, religion or creed can ask themselves and I challenge you to do so:
1) Do you really know what you say you believe? Dig deep into your religion or association's beliefs. What appears good on the surface may not be so good underneath.
2) If your belief system differs from another's, have you asked why? Chances are, that one is true and one is false. Two opposing "truths" cannot both be true.