Question: From what I’ve seen, the beliefs of many religious people are little more than sanctified superstitions. Many don’t want to face any evidence that might prove otherwise. To me, it seems like a “faith” that isn’t based on truth can’t be defended and shouldn’t be relied upon. Isn’t that a dangerous position to take?
Response: One of the most important decisions one can make in this life is to find out for certain whether or not there is a God. Religions all over the world have their own scriptures and teachings. How can one know for sure that God is real and that He cares? We can go straight to the Bible itself to find answers. For one thing, the Bible declares itself to be the only inspired Word of the one true God who created us. It also states that all of the claims of the world’s religions and their scriptures are false and actually in the service of Satan, who also is real, and who the Bible calls “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians:4:4) and thus the author of its religions. So, if we can prove that the Bible is true, we have saved ourselves a lifetime of vain searching through false systems.
In fact, we can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that every word in the Bible is true. There have been many books written on this subject that offer this proof in detail. As an example, the Bible has several unique features not found in the scriptures of the world religions that make it possible to substantiate its claims. Christianity is not a philosophy, a mystical experience, nor an esoteric practice. Neither are the major doctrines of Christianity a matter of mere dogma and belief. They are intricately tied into established history unlike the religions of the world, which are based to a large extent upon legends. Christianity alone is based upon undeniable and historical facts. Its doctrines can thus be evaluated on the basis of evidence.
In addition, many of the major events that are written of in the Bible, and also the teachings therein, were prophesied centuries and even thousands of years beforehand in understandable language. The fulfillment of these prophesied events is part of recorded world history. The Bible stands upon a four-fold foundation on which every part can be examined and verified, including: 1) Prophecy, which foretells events and doctrines in advance; 2) Fulfillment of those prophecies in detail; 3) Secular history testifying to the fulfillment of prophecies and events; and 4) Factual data corroborated by archaeology and science. None of this is the case with the teachings or scriptures of any of the world’s religions.
These differences set the Bible apart as absolutely unique. In fact, Christianity, which is based upon the Bible, cannot even be counted among the religions of the world. Christianity does not seek accommodation, much less ecumenical partnership with world religions; it seeks their overthrow as hopelessly false and destructive to mankind. That may come as a shock to some readers, but it is the clear teaching of the Bible. Christ himself denounced as “thieves and robbers” all who sought to get to heaven except through Him. Such bold claims cannot be lightly dismissed. They deserve to be carefully evaluated.