How are you going to answer the Religion Question in the Census 2016?
Brandon smiled at me again. He was frustrated and I admit, so was I. “Okay,” I said, “So you’re saying that I’m wrong for telling other people that they’re wrong?” “Yes!” he said. “That’s right!” “But hang on,” I said, “Brandon, you don’t believe in right or wrong. So how can you say it’s wrong of me to say others are wrong? Isn’t that a contradiction?”
It was a conversation I had many years ago. Brandon was a relativist. He thought there was no such thing as truth and that everything in the world was entirely relative – except for the truth that there is no truth. This truth was inviolable – sacred. To be defended.
Truth is certainly the issue. Finding out the truth about who we are, why we’re here on this planet and what happens after we die are key questions that confront us all. Some people are confident they have answers while others think answers can’t be found.
But no matter how scattered your thoughts, please take stock of what you believe and the reasons why. Otherwise you could spend a lifetime committed to error, never knowing the best of what’s true and trustworthy.
And even if you’ve not yet formally worked out your worldview – you still have one. You may not have a label to give yourself and, at times, like Brandon, your passion and conviction may not always be consistent. But then it’s hard to live life believing in nothing. And none of us do it. We all believe something.
So, there’s no more important task than investigating what’s true in this world. However… a warning. Logically, not all worldviews can be right. Either all are wrong or just one is right. So, even though saying someone is wrong seems insensitive it’s an inevitable consequence of truth seeking. If we’re going to be serious about truth then we can’t believe everything.
Christians believe it’s possible to find answers and to even know God. Jesus, we say, is the answer – the man through whom God has revealed himself. And the Bible teaches that God loves us with a deep and yearning love. He wants our friendship. ‘Seek and you will find’ Jesus said. However, Christianity is not just about beliefs. It’s about a changed life. We need to commit ourselves to God. We need to trust Him – in all things.
To begin with God asks us to get to know his dear son Jesus who you can meet in the Bible. He’s the one who shows us the way to the Father.
Prayer. Dear God please help me to know you and think rightly and truthfully about your world.
Verse: “…And I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. Luke 11:9