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Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:13:10 am »
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Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.

That's a fair inquiry. Most of the people who ask me those kinds of questions are genuine; they're not trying to trip me up and make a fool out of me. They are honestly curious. So I tell them, in so many words, that though I don't know if my religion is right, my conscience tells me it is; in other words: I cannot shake the conviction that the religion I believe in is right.

Why does anybody believe what they believe? Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Bahá'í, Hare Krishna, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Judaism, Voodoo, Wiccan, Jain, Druze, Native American, etc, etc, etc. The answer? Because it grips their heart-- the core of their being --which is very different than persuading someone with logic and reasoning.

People brought into a religion by logic and reasoning can be taken away by logic and reasoning. But someone whose heart is gripped by their religion, is not so easily removed regardless of how strong the opposition's argument.

Back in the early 1980s,I attended a special class called "How To Witness To Jehovah's Witnesses" taught by a lecturer who had been in that system for near three decades.

The man didn't train us to hammer JWs in a debate because even if you best them scripture for scripture, they will not give up on the Watchtower Society. Their mind's unflinching premise is that the Society is right even when it appears to be totally wrong. They are thoroughly convinced in their own conscience that the Society is the voice of God, while the oppositions' voices have no more validity than that of a squeaky little gerbil.

I encountered that very attitude with a Catholic woman on the old Beliefnet forums. The woman admitted that she was unable to refute my arguments; but nevertheless, I am an obscure nobody rather than an authority recognized by The Church so she didn't have to listen to me. Fair enough.

It seems unjust to me that God is set to lower the boom on people who are honestly sincere in their religious beliefs rather than just stubborn. The Pharisees opposed Jesus' teachings primarily because they hated him. For them it was a personal matter rather than a matter of conscience. I can understand slamming them; they deserve it. But I have trouble understanding how sincere people deserve to be slammed.

For example Matt 7:21-23 where number of people are predicted to be amazed that all the while they truly believed themselves on the Lord's side will be turned away as his enemies.

That disturbs me because my eldest brother is a Friar who has conscientiously devoted his life to teaching and defending Roman Catholicism. I do not doubt my brother's sincerity for a moment; yet there's a very real possibility that his life's work will have been all for naught.
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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 01:11:21 pm »
Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.


I have seldom been asked the question but my answers tend to express 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof.


And 2. Christianity is the best religion to explain what has happened to me in my life. The experiences I've had and the changes I've undergone...none are explained by other religions hardly at all let alone as well as Christianity explains them.


<shrug>
Wheat are NOT reborn / regenerate tares !!!

Matt 13:36-43  ...Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

38 the field is the world
good seed are of the kingdom sown by the Son of man
tares are of the wicked one 39 sown by the devil


Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 10:09:15 pm »
Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.


I have seldom been asked the question but my answers tend to express 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof.


And 2. Christianity is the best religion to explain what has happened to me in my life. The experiences I've had and the changes I've undergone...none are explained by other religions hardly at all let alone as well as Christianity explains them.


<shrug>

Ted you said:" 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof."

You have reason to worry and ask questions! for those who are truly saved are at peace with themselves and GOD.

We see this in Paul's Rom 5:1.....
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Would be good for you to re-evaluate your walk with Jesus and His WORD!

Blade
1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 10:20:44 pm »
I've come to believe that it's not so much about what my religion is. Although Christianity is the religion that I've been a part of since I was a young child. I was drawn to Christianity and to God as the creator and as a loving Heavenly Father and to his goodness, mercy and compassion. In that way, Christianity is right to me. I learned about that through Christianity. But at the end of the day, it's not about religion but the condition of my heart which God sees and is important to him and that he doesn't judge by outward appearance as man does but sees the heart. Outward appearance can be deceiving and can be interpreted by man to be genuine but God knows our hearts.

If I believe that my religion is right then it should be apparent by my words, actions and deeds. That's what people notice and whether I practice what I preach. Such as, do I really love God and my neighbor. If I do then I will need to do more than just say the words or just claim that my religion is right. Because if I don't then people will think that I really don't believe that my religion is right. There again, the condition of my heart really matters and that's what God sees.

Luke 6:45"A good man brings forth good from the good treasure that is in his heart and the evil man brings out evil from the evil treasure that is in his heart. For the lips speak from the fullness of the heart.”

I also like this verse. James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

And most importantly. Luke 10:27 He answered, "'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"


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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 10:49:50 pm »
I've come to believe that it's not so much about what my religion is. Although Christianity is the religion that I've been a part of since I was a young child. I was drawn to Christianity and to God as the creator and as a loving Heavenly Father and to his goodness, mercy and compassion. In that way, Christianity is right to me. I learned about that through Christianity. But at the end of the day, it's not about religion but the condition of my heart which God sees and is important to him and that he doesn't judge by outward appearance as man does but sees the heart. Outward appearance can be deceiving and can be interpreted by man to be genuine but God knows our hearts.

If I believe that my religion is right then it should be apparent by my words, actions and deeds. That's what people notice and whether I practice what I preach. Such as, do I really love God and my neighbor. If I do then I will need to do more than just say the words or just claim that my religion is right. Because if I don't then people will think that I really don't believe that my religion is right. There again, the condition of my heart really matters and that's what God sees.

Luke 6:45"A good man brings forth good from the good treasure that is in his heart and the evil man brings out evil from the evil treasure that is in his heart. For the lips speak from the fullness of the heart.”

I also like this verse. James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

And most importantly. Luke 10:27 He answered, "'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Beautifully said, TJ !!!
Hearing, believing and trusting the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, the gospel of our salvation, and repenting, seals us with that Holy Spirit of Promise. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV - Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV - Romans 10:9-10 KJV - Romans 10:13 - Romans 10:17 - Ephesians 1:7 KJV - Colossians 1:14 KJV -


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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 05:00:08 am »
Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.


I have seldom been asked the question but my answers tend to express 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof.


And 2. Christianity is the best religion to explain what has happened to me in my life. The experiences I've had and the changes I've undergone...none are explained by other religions hardly at all let alone as well as Christianity explains them.


<shrug>

Ted you said:" 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof."

You have reason to worry and ask questions! for those who are truly saved are at peace with themselves and GOD.

We see this in Paul's Rom 5:1.....
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Would be good for you to re-evaluate your walk with Jesus and His WORD!

Blade

I concur.
Hearing, believing and trusting the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, the gospel of our salvation, and repenting, seals us with that Holy Spirit of Promise. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV - Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV - Romans 10:9-10 KJV - Romans 10:13 - Romans 10:17 - Ephesians 1:7 KJV - Colossians 1:14 KJV -


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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2019, 04:37:53 pm »
Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.


I have seldom been asked the question but my answers tend to express 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof.


And 2. Christianity is the best religion to explain what has happened to me in my life. The experiences I've had and the changes I've undergone...none are explained by other religions hardly at all let alone as well as Christianity explains them.


<shrug>

Ted you said:" 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof."

You have reason to worry and ask questions! for those who are truly saved are at peace with themselves and GOD.

We see this in Paul's Rom 5:1.....
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Would be good for you to re-evaluate your walk with Jesus and His WORD!

Blade

I concur.

Thank you

Blade
1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2019, 11:25:09 am »
Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.


I have seldom been asked the question but my answers tend to express 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof.


And 2. Christianity is the best religion to explain what has happened to me in my life. The experiences I've had and the changes I've undergone...none are explained by other religions hardly at all let alone as well as Christianity explains them.


<shrug>

Ted you said:" 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof."

You have reason to worry and ask questions! for those who are truly saved are at peace with themselves and GOD.

We see this in Paul's Rom 5:1.....
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Would be good for you to re-evaluate your walk with Jesus and His WORD!

Blade

I concur.

Thank you

Blade

Everyone thinks they have most of the truth.
Hearing, believing and trusting the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, the gospel of our salvation, and repenting, seals us with that Holy Spirit of Promise. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV - Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV - Romans 10:9-10 KJV - Romans 10:13 - Romans 10:17 - Ephesians 1:7 KJV - Colossians 1:14 KJV -


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Re: Knowing Your Religion Is Right
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2019, 05:56:46 am »
Every so often I get asked how I know that my religion is right. My answer is: I don't know if it's right. Then of course they want to know how it is that I believe in my religion when I don't know whether it's right.


I have seldom been asked the question but my answers tend to express 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof.


And 2. Christianity is the best religion to explain what has happened to me in my life. The experiences I've had and the changes I've undergone...none are explained by other religions hardly at all let alone as well as Christianity explains them.


<shrug>

Ted you said:" 1. that I have no proof that my choice is right but I do have hope because of all the religious systems Christianity is the most hopeful that all evil and suffering will end...and faith is hope, not proof."

You have reason to worry and ask questions! for those who are truly saved are at peace with themselves and GOD.

We see this in Paul's Rom 5:1.....
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Would be good for you to re-evaluate your walk with Jesus and His WORD!

Blade

I concur.

Thank you

Blade

Everyone thinks they have most of the truth.
Indeed.
Hearing, believing and trusting the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, the gospel of our salvation, and repenting, seals us with that Holy Spirit of Promise. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV - Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV - Romans 10:9-10 KJV - Romans 10:13 - Romans 10:17 - Ephesians 1:7 KJV - Colossians 1:14 KJV -


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