What do you believe in? Does truth set you free? Jesus is quoted as saying “Only the truth shall set you free.” Does truth about yourself set you free? Once you realize the truth about yourself, there’s no escaping it, is there? Do you think Jesus was saying that you can believe in the truth about yourself and/or others to allow you to do what you want to do? Or to do what you think God wants you to do? Do you take the statement “Only the truth shall set you free” as a license from God?
Many have used the quote “Only the truth shall set you free” for their own reason. Jesus also says, “I am the truth and the way and the life”. Jesus is the truth that can set you free from the way of the flesh and bind you to the way of righteousness, the ways of God, the way that leads to life in heaven (on Judgment Day). If you end up in heaven, you’ll live there forever but if you end up in hell to burn forever, would you call that life?
What is a Christian? A follower of Christ. Someone who follows Christ. Do you follow Jesus Christ? Are you a follower? What does it mean to follow someone? Ever think about that? What does it mean to follow? Do you want to follow Jesus? If you say you do, then why? Why do you want to follow Jesus? Because you want to go to heaven. Jesus went to heaven. You follow Jesus so you can go to heaven. He came from heaven and he went back to heaven. That’s a Christian.
Does Bible count any more to so many church-goers these days? So many people are ready to say God is good. They make it sound like God is just all good. Bible says God wiped out so many lives (as in Noah’s arc); Samson died a blind slave; just about all of the original twelve disciples were crucified or died horrible deaths. What do you make of those? Would you say you believe in God and he gives you a good life? Is that all? What about Sodom and Gomorrah? If God is in charge of everything at all times, what about WWI, WWII, Vietnam War? They say much of what is practiced in today’s medicine is based on what the Nazis discovered by experimenting on and even killing human beings. Should Jewish doctors who believe in God stop practicing? What do you believe in? God? Or a God you created for your pleasure?
What is the truth about yourself? Jesus says, “Every man is a born sinner.” A born sinner, someone who would naturally commit sin. What is a sin? Doing something God tells you not to do. We all naturally want to do what God tells us not to do. We want to lie. We want to kill. We want to covet. It’s nature. If you disgree, what can I say? Only Jesus can set you free from your own natural ways to have you committed to the ways of God only who can send you to heaven on Judgment Day. This is the gospel that Jesus brought.