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Could You Prove Christianity to be the Only True Religion?

Could You Prove Christianity to be the Only True Religion?

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By Jim Kilgore,   Missionary Evangelist and Church Planter

You are attending an International social event.    There are people from many Countries in attendance.  The host, recognizing the diverseness in the group, posed a remarkable question.  Since we have dozens of religions represented at our event, why don’t we provide each participant with ten minutes to answer the following question: “Why I believe MY religion to be the one and only true religion in the world?”   Eyebrows are raised.  Hearts are pounding.   Minds are racing.    Each was scrambling to determine what they might say to convince such a diverse group that what they believe is THE correct view.

As you scan the room, you suddenly realize that you are the only professing Christian in the room.   The weight of responsibility comes crashing down upon you as you wants to persuade people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

What would you say?   What could you say to make a difference in defending your faith?   You have accepted these beliefs for many years, but to convince an Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Islamist, Shinto, African Traditional and Diasporic, Chinese Traditional Religion, is quite another matter, you reason.

On July 28, 2013 I challenged those attending our Bible Institute with the above story.   How would they present their case for Jesus Christ to this same group?

What you Could Not say to Prove your case

 Let me tell you what would not be effective.   Merely saying that you believe Christianity is the only true religion because it has the largest gathering of followers in the world.  This may or may not be true.   Some pollsters have the Muslim faith with the most followers, others still have Christianity ranked with the highest number of followers.

  1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
  2. Islam: 1.5 billion
  3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
  4. Hinduism: 900 million
  5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
  6. Buddhism: 376 million
  7. Primal-indigenous: 300 million
  8. African Traditional &      Diasporic:      100 million
  9. Sikhism: 23 million
  10. Juche: 19 million
  11. Spiritism: 15 million
  12. Judaism: 14 million

Second, you would not persuade anyone by saying that you believe you are correct.  They sincerely would believe they are correct as well.       No, you need more than this.  You need proof.   It does not matter what you or I think, it does matter what God’s inerrant and infallible Word says to be true.

This is why God used Peter to pen the following words to challenge is to prepare ourselves for this type of opportunity.     I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”     To accurately present Jesus Christ you must be skilled in the use of God’s Word!   God’s Word is that which produces conviction.   It has never be enough to blinding accept anything as truth.  God expects Christians to be able to explain their faith.

This is why God instructed Timothy to write these words in  II Timothy 2:15:  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  Knowing both what and why you believe requires great energy, effort, and a laser-like focus.

The way to present Christianity is by prayerfully and powerfully presenting the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit WILL use God’s Word to bring conviction to the hardest of hearts.   I have personally witnessed His marvelous work to bring about the salvation of even the most unbelieving of hearts.

 My challenge to those reading this article is to ask yourself:  “Could I skillfully share Jesus Christ in a setting similar to the one mentioned and feel confident that I could represent the Cause of Jesus Christ in a Biblical manner and possible win some of these people to Jesus?”  Remember, it is the Holy Spirit USING the Word of God that brings conviction. It is He whose ministry is to fully convince fallen man of his immediate need for salvation, and not that of our opinions!  Therefore, we must study so we may be prepared to give our Biblical answers to every man!

Blessings from YOUR Bible Study

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I recently read of a Preacher who was visiting one of his members. The lady of the house was trying to impress him about how devout she was by pointing out the large Bible on the bookshelf and talking in a very reverent way of it as “the Word of God“.   Her young son interrupted the conversation by saying, “Well, if that’s God’s book we better send it back to him because we never read it!”

 

Does this sometimes describe your life?    You mean well; you definitely want to read the Bible each day, but you never seem to benefit from this time.   It is a though you are like an automobile stuck in the snow and the more you press the pedal, the more you spin your wheels without getting you anywhere.

Allow me to share a simple study system I have used for years which will lead you to exclaim: “The Bible is a Blessing rather than a Burden.   It has opened up to me.   I am learning so much.”

 

Focus on the Following and the Bible WILL Bring Blessings

1.      CHARACTERISTICS of God.      In other words, what is this passage teaching me about God?   I read and then record the many characteristics of God from my reading.   The Bible WILL REVEAL God to you as you are looking for HIM!  For example, read Psalm 145 and list the MANY Characteristics of God.   Always bear in mind that once you learn of God, you have a personal responsibility to reflect Him to others.   Romans 8:29;    Ephesians 5:1.

 

2.      LESSONS to Learn.    I am asking the following question constantly:  “What exactly is the Holy Spirit wanting me to learn from this passage?”  For example, from Ephesians 4:15-32 God is teaching me how I am to live a life which is dramatically different from the way I lived and treated people prior to becoming a Christian. 

 

3.      PROMISE to Claim:    I am searching for any promises which God has made to the Christian. 

 

  • Is this promise for me today, or was it a specific promise given to Israel? 
  • Is there a condition attached which I must meet BEFORE God will honor His promise? 

 

4.      A COMMAND to Obey?    

 

5.      BIBLICAL  PRINCIPLE    I am very interested in discovering God’s unchanging truths.   An example of a Biblical principle can be found in Galatians 6:6-8.   This is the principle of Sowing and Reaping.  No matter what Century, Continent, or Country you live in, this truth will apply to you.  You and I WILL reap exactly what we have sown, whether it be good or bad.

 

6.      APPLICATION:        If I just read the last verses in Matthew 28:18-20 my application might look something like this:     

 

  • I need to share my faith with Carolyn, Janelle, and Linda by Saturday because God wants me to witness and He definitely desires them to go to heaven.

 

  • James 1:22 says: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”  So I make a commitment to making an application from my Devotions.

 

  • In my Blank Devotional Sheet it looks like this:                                                                                                                                             I need to: ______________________________   BY _______________      Because  ____________________________________.

 

7.      MEMORIZATION:      Write out one or two verses you want to memorize this week.

 

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Boring Bible Time? Simple Steps to Transform Your Bible Time from Endurance to Enjoyment!

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A 2012 survey found 90 percent of churchgoers had a strong desire to please and honor Jesus Christ with their lives.  However, when asked how often they read their Bible, the following answers emerged: 

  • 19%  responded “Every Day”
  • 18%  said “Rarely or Never”
  • 25%  specified they read the Bible “a few times a week”
  • 14%  said they read the Bible “Once a Week
  • 22%  said “Once a Month” or “A Few Times a Month.”

This past week I was asked by 10 – 12 Christians to teach them how to study their Bible.  They were all trying to read their Bibles daily, but felt frustrated with the results.  Their minds were continually drifting; they could not remember what they read; they did not feel as though they were growing.    

Does the above describe your “private time” with God and His Word?

 

 If so, it does not have to remain this way.  There is hope.    There are several good ways to read one’s Bible that are very effective.  However, I will share a way in which I have studied my Bible for years during my Personal devotions.       

This method is not earth-shattering, but it is a simple, structured method that keeps me focused on reading and recording certain facts during my Bible time.  It is offered here to you to lead you enjoy rather than endure this daily time with the inerrant, infallible Word of God!

 

1.      I start with a time of Prayer.   I use the acrostic PRAY to keep me focused.

 

  • Praise God for Who He is and for What He has done for me!  At times I will even sing a few hymns or choruses.
  • Reflect upon my sins and Repent of each one God reveals to me.  Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
  • Ask God to meet the needs and desires of others and then for myself.   Matthew 7:7encourages us to ask of our Father:   “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
  • Yield myself to God’s will.    My attitude is, “Father, show me what you expect of me and I will obey.”

 

2.      As I read, I pause several times to Meditate upon what I am reading. 

      

   I practice the following three steps during my time of meditation:

 

  • I VISUALIZE:   This is where I place myself in the passage or story which I am reading.  I see myself as part of the crowd.

 

  • I PERSONALIZE:   For example, if I just read John 3:16:  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”    Here is an example of how I personalize this great verse on God’s love for the world.

For God so loved the world (ME), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (that if I) believeth in him (that I) should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  • I SCRUTINIZE:    Look for the second part of this article coming in a few days.

 

 You have some solid steps to transform your time alone with God this week.   I ask that you use each phase I listed in this article.    However, you will NOT want to miss the Scrutiny stage as it reveals what I search for every time I read my Bible each day.  I use this method regardless of studying for a message or for my personal devotional time.  

The Bottom Line:  I enjoy this time; I am engaged during my Bible study;   and I benefit each day!

 

 

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