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It Actually Does Matter What You Believe!

Introduction:

In today's world, individuals are free to choose their beliefs and practices, and that's good. However, some people fall into the trap of believing that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you believe in something. Christianity, for example, teaches that this claim is not entirely correct. In this Sermon, we will examine what the Bible says about this statement and why it matters what you believe.


The Absolute Truth:

The Bible teaches that there is an absolute truth and that truth is found in Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him. Believing in something for the sake of believing is not enough. It's essential to believe in the right thing, which is the truth in Christ. The truth sets us free (John 8:32) and leads us to eternal life.


The Consequences of False Beliefs:

Believing in the wrong thing can lead to severe consequences. For example, believing in false gods or idols can lead to idolatry, which is a sin. The Bible teaches that only the one true God should be worshipped and that idols are powerless. Believing in false teachings can also cause harm to oneself and others. False teachings can lead to deception, confusion, and division. We must be careful about what we believe and ensure our beliefs are based on truth (God's Word, The Bible), not hearsay.


The Danger of Relativism:

The philosophy of relativism is prevalent in our culture today. Relativism teaches that there is no absolute truth and that everything is relative to one's perspective. This false idea can lead to moral relativism, where right and wrong are determined by a person's feelings or beliefs. This view is not only dangerous but also contradicts what the Bible teaches about morality and ethics. God's Word sets the standard for morality and ethics, and we must align our beliefs with His.


Biblical Examples:

In the Bible, we see numerous examples of people who believed in the wrong things and faced consequences for their false beliefs. For example, King Saul failed to obey God's commands and turned to false prophets for guidance, leading to his downfall. Another example is the rich young ruler who believed his wealth would guarantee him Eternal Life, but he missed the truth that only Jesus can provide Salvation. We must learn from these examples and ensure our beliefs are based on the Word of God.


The Importance of Studying Scripture:

The only way to know the truth and avoid false beliefs is by studying the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works". We must diligently read and study God's Word to know the truth and avoid false beliefs.


Conclusion:

In conclusion, the statement "It really doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you believe in something" is a fallacy because it ignores the absolute truth and the consequences of false beliefs. Christianity teaches that the truth is found in Jesus Christ and that all other beliefs are false. We must be careful about what we believe and ensure that our beliefs align with the truth found in God's Word. Studying Scripture is critical to knowing the truth and avoiding false beliefs. Let us ensure that our beliefs are based on the truth, not hearsay.

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