Christianity is something I’ve always known. I have no “great conversion experience” because I was eased into the Gospel throughout my entire life. I can’t even give you a specific time of when I trusted Christ as my Savior, I only know that I trust Him right now and that’s what’s important.
But sometimes when I’m brought to a place where my strength is all but gone and doubts begin to arise, it makes my heart wonder, have I believed all this only because it’s what I’ve known since I was young? What if I’m wrong?
It scares me to think this way. I hate the fact that I doubt. But at the same time, it is important to examine our beliefs. You see, God is not a God of blind faith. Even when He says to us, “Trust me,” we are not relying on wishful thinking that He’ll come through; it is the fact that He was faithful in the past that gives us confidence in His faithfulness now.
People try to take facts and faith and push them apart; in their minds these two do not belong together. But honestly, they are closer than you might think.
Christianity is not the kind of religion that says, “Ask me anything… except that question.” God knows that His way is true; He knows that it will pass every test. And while there are things about God that our human minds can never fully grasp, the more we examine His Word, the further our understanding of Him will grow.
Of course, our examination is prone to mistakes due to our own human nature, so tread carefully. God’s Word is important and not meant to be taken in any way we please. But through carefulness on our part, and the help of the Holy Spirit, we can understand what we believe.
If you don’t, what will you tell others? How will you explain your faith to them if you barely know what it is that you believe? Search the scriptures. Read some good commentaries¹ from guys like Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgen, John Calvin, or Albert Barnes. Talk to your pastor about what you’re learning – see if he can explain some of the wording and context or simply offer a new perspective. And pray and ask God to open your heart to the truth within His word.
Christianity isn’t supposed to be a congregation of mesmerized zombies, being spoon fed the gospel and never questioning a word, so don’t be afraid to dig deep and start eating more than just mush. Grow. One of the greatest privileges of knowing God is getting to know Him better.
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” -2 Peter 3:18
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¹e-Sword is a great Bible software that is completely free and offers several translations and commentaries.