Have you ever had to defend your beliefs, your religious faith, your “philosophy of life” or the creed by which you live? Most people do not think too much about such a serious matter. Since I was a teenager, I have had to examine the faith by which I live.
The Bible tells us to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we hold true. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (2 Peter 3:15 2 Peter 3:15And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you;
American King James Version×, emphasis added).
Recently I was traveling with a group of religious teachers on a study tour in Turkey. The subject of my faith came out in conversations. I was asked to explain what I believe about God, His Word and what is truth. I had to be on my toes, as we say, and carefully give biblical evidence to explain what I believe about the Sabbath, the biblical festivals and the nature of God and Jesus Christ. You see, I do not believe the traditional Christian teaching of the Trinity to be a biblical teaching. In their minds that classifies me as a heretic. But I think I held my own in the explanations and gave solid answers.
This was not the first time I have had to answer challenges to my faith. Religious truth must be defended every single day. We are called upon to stay faithful to the Word of God and not deny His name. It is what a disciple of Jesus must do in today’s secular climate.
These highly educated and intelligent teachers I was with did not reverse their long-held beliefs through my explanations. But I wonder if my ability to explain myself with conviction may have placed a few seeds in their minds—a seed saying, “Perhaps I should examine what I believe compared with what the Bible says.” I do not know. I will leave that to God as He is the one who works with each of us according to His eternal purpose.
Can you explain what you believe? Is it supported by the Bible? If not, then examine your religion and decide what is true. Personal conviction of faith and a belief in God is important to having faith in a time of trial. We all know the challenges facing us in life right now. A firm biblical faith is critical to success and peace of mind.
This short article, “Is There Any Point in Sharing My Faith With My Non-Christian Friends and Family,” points out the importance of living our faith as an example to others. Your personal example is always the best place to start in explaining what you believe and who you are.