How Do I Know What to Believe?
It’s kinda crazy how many mixed messages are out in the world right now. With the amount of access we have to sermons, blog posts, podcasts, videos, articles and more, it can get really confusing. Add in the fact that there are a million different churches and ministries, a large majority of which can be live streamed, which means you and I can get more than a Sunday morning message at church in one week, because we have have access to millions. It might be that you are a part of one ministry, like Moms in the Making that shares one belief, and then another organization that shares something completely different and you have found yourself overwhelmed and confused.
Have you ever been so confused with all the mixed messages that you realize you don’t even know what you believe? Maybe you have been asking yourself, “how do I know what to believe?” Instead of sitting here telling you what I believe, I want to encourage you with some questions to ask yourself that might help you figure out what you should believe.
Do you believe the Bible is true? Wow! Why not start with a heavy question. The Bible is either true or it’s not true. You don’t get to pick which verses you like and which you don’t. So, do you believe the Bible is true? Not just some of it, or half of it, or the feel-good verses, but all of it?
Do you know what the Bible says? If you don’t know what God’s Word says, then how will you know what to believe? How will you know what is true and what is not true? You can’t live off of anyone else’s revelation of the Word of God, you must know it for yourself. I have said this a million times and I will say it a million more, you must read the Word of God and there is no way to know what you believe without opening up and reading the Word.
Have you built your theology on the Word of God? I encourage you to check out this post, but what I have found is that most people’s theology isn’t based on the Bible, but rather on an experience or circumstance, a feeling or perhaps even a family history of beliefs. For example, “my grandpa died from cancer, so therefore I don’t believe in healing.” Can you relate to that? It’s oh so common! Or another example, “my grandparents believed in XYZ, so that is what I have to believe too.” Or maybe it’s, “I don’t feel like God cares about me so I have built my theology around that feeling.” Instead of basing your theology off of what did or didn’t happen, what your family members believe, or what your feelings dictate, I encourage you to base it off of God’s Word.
Is your theology based on one verse or the Bible as a whole? I realize that most people, including myself, have not read every word in the Bible. I however do think it’s important that you don’t base your whole belief system off of one verse, but instead you base it off of the character of who you know God to be, which is revealed all throughout scripture. I also think it’s important that your beliefs are never built off of Old testament ideas that the New testament clearly overrides. We know that everything changed in the New Testament because of Jesus. Everything! If you want to figure out what you believe I encourage you to start in the Gospels in the New Testament and spend some time getting to know the character of God there.
Does what you believe line up with what God’s Word says? I know this is repetitive and is a variation of the 1st question, but I think it’s an important question to ask yourself and perhaps asking it this way might challenge you in a different way. The opposite question holds true, does what you believe contradict God’s Word?
Do you believe God is good? Earlier I said I wouldn’t share what I believe, but I can’t hold back from this one, so I will be straight-forward when I tell you that “God is good” is the #1 principle that I believe. I can’t have a relationship with a Father who is not good and I don’t believe you can either. I encourage you to ask yourself this question and I am going to go ahead and encourage you to make this the top value in your own life. At the end of the day God is either good or he is not good. He is not sometimes good and he is not sometimes bad. He is always good. So, do you believe he is good? If so, this should be the core value of what you base your theology on.
In addition to these questions, which should get you started, remember you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and you also have Holy Spirit who lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16). In addition, John 4:23-34 says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” Did you get that? This verse emphasizes you don’t just live by the Word, but you live by the Spirit too. When you aren’t sure what to believe, yes, dig deeper into the Word, but access the Spirit that lives within you too.
You don’t have to be confused by the hundreds and thousands of messages that are out there. You yourself can know what to believe because the Bible and Holy Spirit will tell you and then when hundreds of messages are coming your way you will quickly know which ones are true and which ones can be ignored!
Still stuck? I don’t have all the answers, but I am always happy to have an open conversation and share my beliefs. Please never hesitate to reach out.
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