Why do they not believe?
It seems so logical to believe, but for most that don’t believe it seems logical to “not” believe and so it only seemed logical for me to explore “belief”. What is the Christian belief?
We all believe certain things. Sometimes we believe falsely. How do we know what is true and what is false? Is it always and only by our own senses? Because those can’t always be trusted.
Do we have assurance the sun will rise tomorrow? Do I know my wife will love me tomorrow the same way she loves me today? This creates madness in the human mind. Think of the complexity of the human mind and where did it all come from? But I digress…
I can’t make you believe anything and you probably can’t make me believe in anything. We all come to conclusions based on presuppositions mostly. In a Christian World-view, I presuppose the Bible is true. In a Secular or Natural World-view, those believe the Bible is not true but whose to say who is right, especially in their view?
Is all truth relative? What’s true for you is true for you but not for me? Can truth be relative? Well, that’s an easy answer for me but is it so easy for you?
There is a distinct clash of views at this point in the argument.
For there to be “truth” there must be a source of absolute truth. That is the Christian argument. That true truth is God Himself. The Beginning and the End. The One True Constant. The Law-Giver. Without this element then there can be no standard by which to live, except what you invent. Your standard becomes your standard but not mine.
But… If there is a constant, then there is a standard by which all must function and exist. That standard is the same for you and it is the same for me.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Matthew 5:17-18
That sure does complicate things, doesn’t it?
Jesus believes the Law and Prophets were given by God that a standard which is to be for all must fully be accomplished. And this is where it gets tricky for those that don’t believe. They are accountable to the Law.
And they can’t keep the Law. Only Christ kept the Law.
Here is where I might upset somebody.
It’s not about believing or un-believing, it’s about rejecting the Law. Paul said in Romans 1 that truth is suppressed or held down in an attempt to justify unrighteousness. If I say “there is no god…” then who are you to say I’m wrong? If there is no god, there is no law, there is no accountability, there is no judgment and there is no eternal reward or eternal punishment.
It’s actually quite convenient. I get to live like I want and who are you to say I’m wrong?
Is it okay if I steal your wallet?
Philosopher Richard Taylor said:
To say that something is wrong because… it is forbidden by God is… perfectly understandable to anyone who believes in a law-giving God. But to say that something is wrong… even though no God exists to forbid it, is not understandable… the concept of moral obligation [is] unintelligible apart from the idea of God. The words remain but their meaning is gone.
For by the works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20
Here is the truth. Today, truth can be received and believed or rejected and denied. But you don’t get to have it both ways. You may be a “good” person by the world’s standards, and you are probably a better person than me but Christ was the only one that was perfect and that is the standard by which we will be judged.
Believe on him. He will never fail you.