We live in a world with so many choices. From the various eating places to the many different types of sleeping accommodations when we travel. The choices in colors of outer garments are unlimited. The choices in religion are unlimited as well.
Every world religion says, with a great deal of confidence, that their belief system is the one and only true religion. With so many options and with so many people saying their religion is correct, how is one to choose which religion is truth? Most people are like Pilate, when he was interrogating Jesus just before he turned Jesus over to be crucified. They become frustrated and “throw up their hands” and say, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).
In speaking to the Jews who were in Jerusalem to observe the Feast of Booths, Jesus said, “If any man is willing to do [the Father’s] will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself” (John 7:17). The crowd to whom Jesus was speaking was faced with a choice. They had to decide if what Jesus was saying was really from God or was Jesus just making up His story.
At the core of this statement is the fact that one is forced to decide what they think about and what they will do with the teachings of Jesus. Are they going to put their trust and confidence in His teachings or are they going to reject them? But the real question for one to decide is, “Are His teachings the truth?” If one decides that the teachings of Jesus are not truth, then what evidence do they have to support their conclusion?
In order for one to prove that the teachings of Jesus are not truth, then they must present what is truth. The only way to prove something is false, or not truth, is to present what is truth.
We see this in every aspect of life, so why would it be different in religion? For a second grader, his answer on his math test is proven to be not truth by presenting what is truth. In the business world, one proves he has been overcharged on the purchase of a product by proving that what he was charged is not the price which is either on the product or on the shelf where the product is located.
If the statement by Jesus, “No one can come to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6), is not truth, then what evidence is there to show what is truth? Our choice about this statement of Jesus will determine whether or not we are living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.