Can We Know if the Gospel Is True?
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:31
Professional golfer Tommy Bolt was known to be very particular about taking advice from his caddies. Once while playing in Los Angeles, Bolt told his caddy, "Don't say a word to me. And if I ask you something, just answer yes or no."
At one point, Bolt approached the ball under a tree where he had a very tough shot to make. He looked at his caddy and asked, "Five-iron?"
"No, Mr. Bolt."
"What do you mean, ‘No'?" And with that, Bolt took out his five-iron and hit the ball two feet from the hole. He smirked at his caddy and said, "Now what do you think? You can talk now."
"Mr. Bolt," the caddy said, "that wasn't your ball."
It's possible to be very sure about something, yet still be far from the truth. All you have to do is take a look around the world today and see there are many people who are passionate about different things. And not everything can be true. So someone has to be wrong!
This is why we can't base our search for truth on our passions. We have to look for what's credible. And with all the spiritual beliefs out there today, none of them is as credible as the one that claims Jesus was raised from the dead. It's as provable as any other event of its time!
Christianity isn't right because you believe it. It's right because it's true, and that's why you can believe it!
Pray and ask God to confirm in your heart the truth of Jesus' teaching, the reality of His death and resurrection, and the presence of His Spirit in your life today.
Questions for Thought
Think of something you really believed was true but turned out to be wrong. How did it make you feel?
When we share Christ with others who have different beliefs from us, how can we present God's truth in a loving way?
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