Is Christianity just another world religion? Some secular authors would have their readers believe so. They claim ‘faith in any god’ is merely an antiquated crutch that has outgrown its usefulness.
Our pastor has begun a study of John’s first epistle (1 John). This letter was penned to provide evidence to his readers that their faith was not in vain, that its foundation was firm, and that there was assurance available of its reality.
John will demonstrate his evidence by encouraging his readers to ask of themselves three questions.
First, what do we believe? What is the doctrine we hold firm to? We will find, if we’re honest, what we believe dictates how we live.
Second, who do we obey? Who or what is the authoritative figure that reigns supreme over our decisions and the activities we involve ourselves with?
And third, who or what do we love? To answer this question, we should apply Jesus’ instruction that we identify our treasures. He said, “Take a good look at what’s important to you (where time, labor, money, etc. is spent)… that’s your true love.”
Christianity is not some pie-in-the-sky belief system. Its truths are factual and defendable with intelligent apologetics. Still, John concludes with agreement to the words of an old and favorite hymn, the greatest evidence of its reality is a changed life.
“You ask me how I know He lives… He lives… within my heart.”
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20