But Iím Sincere!
But I’m Sincere!
Think for a moment about why you believe what you believe in regards to your religious faith. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that your first exposure comes from whoever raised you, such as your parents. If you liked what it is that they believed in, and then you in general, just followed in their footsteps, no questions asked. And even if you questioned them, they always had answers that, since they loved you thus far, why would you doubt them? Looking back, it certainly appeared that they’ve always had your welfare at the top of their priority list, or so it seems.
On the other hand, if one was mistreated or abused in some manner, they would most likely latch onto the beliefs of whatever person or group that showed them some love and kindness as the world opened up to them. Somewhere down the line, people latch onto what seems right to them and they decide at least to either test it out, or to just go along with the latest opinion polls, until the next fad comes along.
Either way, as I’ve been street witnessing, I’ve noticed that people are very defensive about their personal beliefs and very cautious and/or defensive about them. Nobody wants to think that they possibly could be wrong when it comes down to their religious convictions. To do so would cast a shadow of doubt upon the beliefs of those that were placed in their lives at the most important time of their lives. Just when they needed the help and care in their life, these people responded in such a personal way to which you will always be in gratitude. After all, haven’t they always been there for you with all of the decisions that always have proven to work out towards your best interests? However, consider that in this big world of about six billion people, we will find just about that many different opinions when it comes to religious beliefs. So as we view the world, one could easily find a huge number of sincere people in any and all areas with all of them having various answers to why they practice as they do. The people of the streets have one common ground and that is that they are all sincere in their personal beliefs. What people need to know is that they can place their belief system in whichever or whatever system or scheme that they wish to believe in. That being said, they are responsible to know or at least understand, that they may be sincere in their particular method of belief, but that still leaves them just sincerely mistaken. Think about it! Most people if they are a Jehovah’s Witness, a Mormon, a Catholic, an Islamic or whatever has solid reasoning behind the faith that they practice. People have always been that way.
Does it really matter which way one practices a religion? The Bible says it does. Look what Matthew 7:13 and 14 says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Jesus also told us in John 14:6 that, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Now I don’t have the time or space to argue the reasons that I know that I am not the one being deceived in my walk, but I will give you a few basic facts to think about. The Bible is not a book of myths or stories written long ago for those individuals back then. As Jude 3 tells us, that we are “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” This was done through Scriptures and is why we are told not to add or take away from God’s word. Also consider that all of Scripture was, “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.” Jesus once told the Sadducees that they were wrong (doesn’t matter what the subject was) because they didn’t know Scriptures. Look at the many things concerning how many prophesies came true just as Scriptures told us about some particular subject. And finally look at Jesus, at how He lived a perfect life and how He died for our sins. Then to prove that He is God, He rose from the dead and after having purged believers of their sins, He now sits at the right hand of the Father. No other God or religious leader ever died for the remission of sins committed by man, nor has any other fulfilled the prophecies of Scriptures.
In closing I just want to point out one fact. When the Bible tells us, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) and “So that they are without excuse,” that we must realize sincerity without the truth gets you nowhere. It’s every person’s responsibility to, “Seek first the Kingdom of God,” and “Not to be deceived.” Of this I am very sincere for some day you will all be asked, standing before the Father, the question of, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” And to this there is that one correct answer that better be sincerely correct. If you have accepted the gift of salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, that’s the only sincerity that will get you an eternity of happiness and joy in Heaven.