One reason we are so passionate about equipping the saints here at eQuip is because what we know about God affects the way in which we live our daily lives. Knowledge is not merely an academic pursuit that is removed from real life. Each of us will live in accordance with what we believe about God’s existence or His non-existence.
For example, if we believe that God exists, and that we can personally know Him, then we will try to do those things that please Him. However, if we reject the idea that God exists, then we will act in whatever way that pleases us; with no thought of having to answer to a Supreme Being. Consequently, our theology, or our personal beliefs about God, has enormous practical implications.
The Apostle Paul wrote that true belief, or doctrine, leads to godliness in living our lives. He said the following to a man named Timothy, “Some false teachers may deny these things, but these are the sound, wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they are the foundation for a godly life. (1 Timothy 6:3 NLT)
So the next logical consideration is how do we know? It’s a valid question, and on two fronts we better be able to answer it. From an evangelistic perspective, the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ are based on His words in the Bible. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV) That’s a pretty narrow path to the most important destination there is, the eternal one. So unless we can back that up, it might be best not to share it.
The second consideration is for our won life and the way we live it. Correct belief should lead to godly living. There is a sense of urgency about this. Peter tells us, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming…” (2 Peter 3:10-12a NIV)
So what kind of people ought we to be? That is going to depend on what we know…