In our world of mixed up ideas, philosophies, and beliefs, what do we believe? Most church denominations were birthed from differing beliefs. Some agreed to a certain Biblical interpretation while others didn’t and many of those beliefs trickled down through the years in churches and into our lives. My husband and I grew up in different Christian denominations, both grounded in the Word and salvation in Jesus, yet differing views on other aspects of the Word. It wasn’t anything to separate us; in fact, we grew together into a greater revelation and understanding of faith, God’s Word, and all that Jesus provided for us through the Cross.
Today we see so many people believe what they want to believe, whether what they believe is based on truth or their own personal perspective and interpretation, especially when it comes to the Bible, to God, and to Jesus. Without direction, man tends to lean on his own understanding. He will interpret his life events and relate to God based on those events, whether good or bad.
What you believe is important, enabling you to maneuver through life better. Many churches have their tenets of faith or beliefs that begin with “I believe…” Even the popular song, “I Believe”, by Robert Whittaker years ago led to an agreeable chorus response of “Yes, I believe” from many hearing it. Why is that important? Because what you believe will determine the direction of your life.
What do you believe? I like how John said it in the Gospel of John. He shared truth he knew to be true and wanted others to see and experience it as well. In fact, the reason for his gospel book is summed up in John 20:31, NASB. “but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”
More into this subject next week. In the meantime meditate on John 20:31 and God’s great love for you.