As I read various articles about God in America or religion around the world, statistics are presented in a multitude of formats about the belief systems of people and cultures.
A large percentage of people believe that, if they’re good enough, they’ll go to heaven.
Many believe there is no heaven, and no hell.
Some believe everyone goes to heaven.
Some believe in God, some believe there is no God, some believe in other gods.
Some believe the Bible is the living Word of God, and that it is Truth – all of it.
Others believe the Bible is a good book, and that it has some lessons we should follow.
Whatever anyone’s belief, there is a basic Truth that exists, whether a person believes it or not. I think we can all agree that not everyone’s truth can be true due to the conflicting beliefs.
In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit. The temptation was this: “You will be like God.”
That powerful draw: “You will be like God” is with us every day.
Let me establish this: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. I believe in His holy Son, Jesus Christ, Who came to the world to be our Savior. I believe in the Holy Spirit, Who dwells within believers. And I believe all three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are One.
Those who believe in “God,” in general, believe that He created all that we see. Some of those believe that He created everything, then left us alone to do with it as we will. Others believe He is intimately concerned and involved in every minute detail of everyone’s lives. (I place myself in the latter category.)
Some believe that God loves some people, or groups of people, more than others. Some believe God loves every single person with an intimate, immense, perfect love. (Again, I believe the latter.)
Here’s the point: because a person believes in one way, or one system, does not make it true. No person is God. Just because we believe something does not give us the power to cause it to become true.
God gave us the freedom to believe whatever we want.
My recommendation is to read what God says about everything. He’s the Creator; He made the rules. The safe bet is to follow the rules.
He is God, and I am not. If I don’t like something He says, I’d better get over it and dig into His explanation. I’m not going to win any arguments against Him because I’m the one who’s wrong.
We must get over ourselves and bow before our loving, almighty, perfect God.
Isaiah 45.5-7: I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.