Why Do I Need to Know What I Believe?

Why Do I Need to Know What I Believe

Have you ever jumped off of a diving board? If so, you probably expected to fall into the water. Cannonball! Interestingly enough, you still would have fallen into the pool if you didn’t believe in gravity. The difference, however, is that you probably wouldn’t have been prepared for the fall. Bellyflop.

Chances are, the idea of not believing in gravity seems completely ridiculous to you. Despite the fact that you can’t see gravity, it’s effects are clear. In a similar way, life itself points to the existence of God.

We live in a world where things naturally seem to tend towards disorder. You likely know what I mean if you’ve ever cleaned something up (maybe a car, house, or workplace) and then came back to look at it a week later. Did it look more or less clean?

It takes deliberate action to put things in order. And yet, we live in a ridiculously organized world.

You could never convince me that a train carrying all of the lumber and materials for a house exploded and created the home that I’m sitting in. Obviously, buildings need to be planned out and built. They must be created.

How much more difficult would it be for this entire planet (that is able to sustain human life) to exist without purpose, on accident, without a Creator? What about one human eye? A brain? An entire organ system? It is very unlikely that we are accidents.

I don’t want to spend too much time on this idea, but if you want more thoughts on this kind of stuff, check out:

Ignorance Doesn’t Equal Safety

Let’s get back to the diving board for a little bit. As mentioned earlier, despite a persons beliefs, jumping off of the diving board will cause them to plummet into the water below.

What happens next is ultimately up to the person who jumped. Are they prepared to swim, or will they sink?

The jumper could claim that they didn’t believe in gravity. They could say that they weren’t sure if gravity existed or not. They could also claim that drowning would be an unfair consequence because they weren’t ever really sure what would happen.

None of these things will help the jumper, though. The only thing that matters is whether or not they are prepared.

In our current culture, I think that many people approach death in a similar way to the diving board jumper. They believe that being unsure (or flat out claiming disbelief) will ensure their safety when it comes to the afterlife. They believe that it would be unfair for God to send someone to hell, especially if they didn’t fully understand hell. What if some other religion has it right? Wouldn’t it be safest to stay on the fence? And besides that, what about all of the good things that they have done in their life? 

Is this true, though?

Ultimately, these ideals can’t save us from sinking. Is this unfair? Not at all.

Two things come to mind when I think about this scenario. The first of these ideas is true guilt. When it comes to justice, most of us have some idea of right from wrong. We have some idea of fair from unfair.

In the C.S. Lewis book Mere Christianity, Lewis discusses this built in inclination towards justice. Both children and adults have a sense of it, and a broad range of cultures share similar moral values. If a child is pushed down, and has his toy snatched out of his hand by a bigger child, the smaller child knows that he has been wronged. Nobody has to teach the child this.

God cares about our hearts, and when it comes to our hearts, all of us are guilty. You and I haven’t lived blameless lives. We are all guilty, no matter what area (perhaps lying, stealing, lusting, unjustified anger, or pride) that we have failed in. No amount of our own good acts can cover up the times that we fail to do what is right. God would be perfectly justified to send us all to hell, because all of us (creations) have disobeyed and rebelled against our Creator.

It wouldn’t be unjustified to send us all to hell, but it would be very merciful to give us any chance of escaping it.

The second thing that comes to mind is the blessing of time. If you are reading this right now, you have already been blessed with a significant amount of time on this planet. How have you used that time?

We all have time to figure out what we believe, and yet many of us (perhaps out of fear and/or laziness) don’t use that time for anything important. Chances are, watching an entire series on Netflix isn’t a very important task to complete. Does it have some value? Perhaps. But many other things are much more urgent.

Things like work and school are very important. Those things demand a lot of time and energy, and many of us work very hard because of them. These tasks are still not nearly as important as eternity, however.

If you don’t know where you are going to spend eternity, I suggest spending some time to figure it out. We are all accountable for how we spend our time. Use your time to figure out the things that are most important. Use your time to seek knowledge of God.

2 Peter 1:2-11 (ESV)

2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 Am I Doomed?

Let me take a second to make a statement about myself. When I talk about the topics in this article, I am not claiming to be a perfect example. In fact, I am quite the opposite, and all of the acts of goodness that I (myself) have done in this life are like filthy rags. They can’t cover me, and I (perhaps like you) was doomed at one point.

I was given an awesome opportunity, though. Because of God’s awesome love, my failures have been covered. Not by my doing, but by God’s grace.

John 3:14-21 (ESV)

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Read all of John 3 here!

I knew about God when I was youger, but sometime in my late teens I made a decision to start following God more closely. With God’s help I began to turn away from wickedness. I began to turn towards love. The transformation that has taken place since then is indescribable.

Does that mean that I had to turn away from the things that made me truly happy? Absolutely not! This short video from desiringGod.org explains true happiness nicely.

If you want to read (in greater detail) why I follow Christ (as opposed to other beliefs) then here are a few more articles that will hopefully help you out.

If these articles don’t answer your questions, check out resources like:

You can also feel free to Contact Me at any time. I care about you, and I want you to discover how important God’s love is.

Remember, you are accountable for how you spend your time in this life.

I love you guys, and I’ll be praying for you!

-Caleb

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3 Comments

  • Craig says:

    Thanks for making/sharing this Caleb. I especially liked your gravity analogy, that can be used in a lot of ways but I really like how you relate it to sin. Because we live in a world where the laws of gravity and the laws of sin effect us, and no matter what we do we have to deal with them, we can pretend that gravity doesn’t exist like when we are swimming in water and our floating around, but we can’t stay in that water forever the laws still exist. And like the book of John said, he did not come to condemn. I think it’s so important to remember that, and also that scripture reminds me of these two verses “[Rom 8:1-2 NIV] 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

    Thanks for sharing Caleb, keep it up, God bless and love you broski in Christ!

    -Craig

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      Thanks for sharing Craig! You always add a lot of good thoughts when you comment on these articles, and I love reading them! I hope you have a great day bro! Love you too!

  • Craig says:

    Anytime broheim!

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