Listened to a sermon last night on faith. It was a pretty good sermon.
The preacher mentioned something that I haven't thought of in a while. And that is that Christianity takes a lot of faith. The preacher asked how do we know that Christianity is real?
What if when we die we stand before God and realize that it wasn't Christianity that was the real thing, it was some other religion. How do you know that it's Christianity?
It takes a lot of faith to tell a Mormon or a Muslim that they are wrong, it takes a lot of faith for that. What if you were the one who was wrong in the end, and now you stand before a different God whose people you told were going to hell.
You would be condemned for that.
That takes a lot of faith, but you know what even takes more than that?
Telling a professing Christian that he is wrong.
It's hard to stand up against a heretic or a false teacher and say that what they believe, what they are standing for is all wrong. How do you know that you aren't just as off as they appear to be?
You must know your Bible. That's one of the reasons that you must value theology in your life.
It takes a lot of faith to stand up in the Christian community and say that someone is wrong.
It takes a lot of faith to know that what you believe is what the Bible teaches, that what you believe is what Jesus Christ taught.
It takes a lot of faith to stand when so many people are under a delusion of how wonderful that heretic may be. It takes so much faith.
And the question comes down to this: Do you have that faith? Do you have that faith that you can stand against the heretics in the Christian community and say 'no'? Even when no other human being is with you.
Do you really have that much faith to know that what you are saying is right, and what the other man is saying is wrong?
Is that the faith you have?