Are You a Skeptic?

October 27, 2018

Are You a Skeptic?

If you are a skeptic, you may be saying, “I hope you aren’t going to try to make a fool out of me.” No, I’m sorry, but you are already a fool. I just want to try to help you get out of the dilemma you are in. I’m sure you will say “I’m not in a dilemma.” But, are you sure?

Skeptics like to say, “You can’t be sure about anything.” That leaves them in a realm of insecurity. If that isn’t a dilemma, I don’t know what is. The more we let skepticism control our thinking, the more insecure we are.

It can’t be denied that there are insecurities in life. At times we have to make decisions, knowing that we may not get the results we want. If we let skepticism control us, we won’t make the decision. That leaves us with no solution for the problem we are facing.

Before making a decision we need to deliberate. Yes, there is a chance that I won’t get the desired results. Then we ask ourselves a number of questions such as the following. Have others had good results from making this decision? Yes. How many have had bad results from making this decision? Maybe you say, “I have heard of some, but I don’t know any of them personally.” Is this the only possible solution to this problem? Is there anyone who could give me advice? After getting the answers to these questions we can make our decision with more confidence.

For example; here is a skeptic who is sick and needs to go to the doctor. He looks in the telephone book and finds the name of a doctor who is a specialist in the field he needs help with. Instead of deliberating, he lets skepticism take control. He asks himself, “How do I know this doctor will be able to help me? What if he cheated on his exams in med school? As the days go by his condition worsens so he goes to the doctor. The doctor gives him a prescription. With the prescription in his hand, skepticism takes control again. He asks, “How do I know the doctor gave me the right prescription? Is he up date on the latest and best medicine for my condition? He tries to read what the doctor wrote on the prescription. He can’t make any sense of it. He asks himself, “How can I be sure the pharmacist will be able to read this? How can I be sure the pharmacist won’t give me some cheaper medicine and charge me for the one the doctor prescribed? You can’t be sure about anything you know.”

If you are a true skeptic you will be living with doubt every day of your life. That’s an awful way to live. It carries over into the spiritual realm. The skeptic asks, “How can you know that God exists? Can you prove it?”

To be honest, we can’t prove that God exists. We accept it by faith based on reason. We live in a material world. How did it all begin? We need an answer for that question. What explanations are there for it? The explanation most children are given in public schools is based on secularism. Secularism says it all began in one of two ways. One way is that it evolved. That leaves us with some unanswered questions. How did it begin? How did life begin? There are no logical answers to those questions. Children are just expected to accept the explanation without asking questions.

The other explanation given by humanism is that it all began by a big bang. If one stops to think about it, that’s the most ridiculous explanation any one could imagine.

The Christian’s answer is that it all began by God as we read in Genesis chapter one in the Bible. Everywhere we look in the universe we find design. Where there is design there has to be a designer. That gives us abundant reason for believing that God exists.

If you are a skeptic, the solution to your dilemma is first of all to accept the fact that you are in a dilemma. To deny it leaves you in a sea of uncertainty. That results in mental and emotional problems.

The second thing you need to do is accept the fact that there is a God and that the Bible is his divinely inspired message for men on earth. The Bible tells us what God’s will is for us and it gives us a history of what he has done for those who have trusted in him.

Genuine Christians live in contentment, even though at times they suffer afflictions. I Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” They have put their trust in God and have found him to be trustworthy. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6) . They don’t live in fear because they have been forgiven by God for all the bad things they have done. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:17-18). They have come to know God and have a personal relationship with him and his son Jesus Christ. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). They live in hope of a glorious future because they have eternal life and a home in heaven waiting for them. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2). All this can be yours also if you will put your faith in Christ.

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