Why I Believe

1Pe 3:15  but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear;

Let me start by asking a few questions: What do you see when you look at the state of the world? What do you think when you watch the news on tv, hear it on the radio or read it in a newspaper or on the internet? How do you feel when you or a loved one is suffering from illness, relationship problems, poverty, fear, or loneliness? What are your solutions for hatred, crime, war, pollution, poverty, sickness and death?

When I look at world history, I see a recurring pattern of ignorance, hatred, anger,  greed, power struggle, war, suffering and death. While it is true that mankind has made advances in such things as science, technology, and medicine, the majority of the population of the world continues to struggle with the same life-destroying problems it always has done. “There is nothing new under the sun”.

What kind of world will it be for our children and their descendants? What kind of hope can mankind give them? It seems that many of our young people don’t have much hope for their future.

What can give people a real reason to hold on through the difficult times of today and a real hope for a better tomorrow? Can the theory of evolution based on the survival of the fittest, dog-eat dog way of thinking offer real hope? Can non-living idols made of stone and wood by man’s hand  offer real hope? Does the belief in witches, wizards, and vampires offer hope? Does the use of alcohol and drugs really make the problems go away? Has mankind, at any time in history, been able to totally eradicate the evil in this world by his own efforts? Do we have the ability to fix ourselves? I would say that the overwhelming evidence of the wickedness of mankind throughout history would say – No – we can’t do it!

So what is the answer then? For me, the answer is not to be found within myself or within the efforts of humankind. The answer, and my hope, is in the belief that there has to be something, someone, bigger and better out there than ourselves:

Rev 1:8  I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

There has to be someone who loves us more than we love ourselves:

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There has to be someone with a plan to save us from ourselves:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He (Jesus)will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and act wisely, and shall do judgment and justice in the earth.

1Jn 4:9  And the love of God was made clear to us when he sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.
1Jn 4:10  And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering (atonement) for our sins. (BBE)

There has to be someone who is willing to lay aside all ideas of selfishness; someone who is willing to risk it all, sacrifice it all, give everything they’ve got for the betterment of others:

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.

Isa 53:5  But it was for our sins he (Jesus) was wounded, and for our evil doings he was crushed: he took the punishment by which we have peace, and by his wounds we are made well.
Isa 53:6  We all went wandering like sheep; going every one of us after his desire; and the Lord put on him the punishment of us all.
Isa 53:7  Men were cruel to him, but he was gentle and quiet; as a lamb taken to its death, and as a sheep before those who take her wool makes no sound, so he said not a word.

There has to be something to give us hope for the future:

Joh 14:2  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also.

Rev 21:3  And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end.
Rev 21:5  And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. (BBE)

This is why I have hope. This is why I believe.

Joh 20:31  But these are written so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you might have life in His name.

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.




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