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Do You Know Why 

You Believe

What You Believe?

 

 

Have you ever really thought about the reasons

for the beliefs you have accepted

about what happens after this life,

and whether those reasons

can stand up to examination?

So, what do you believe

and why?

 

 

People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs

not on the basis of proof

but on the basis of what they find attractive.”

Blaise Pascal  

 

 

Have you ever really thought about the beliefs you hold, and why you hold them?  Have you ever really thought about what you believe as to what if anything is after this life, and have you ever really checked those reasons out and seriously evaluated the credibility of those evidences?  Or have you like Pascal said, based your beliefs on what you find attractive?

 

 

Many people hold to beliefs they've accepted without ever really investigating the reasons for those beliefs.  And whether you consider yourself a Christian or not, many people, Christians included, have accepted beliefs because they find those beliefs attractive.  

 

If you are a Christian, there is a question you can ask yourself to see if you are accepting Christianity because you find it attractive and not that you are persuaded by the evidence.  The question is:

"If Atheism or another non-Christian belief was proven true,

would you become an Atheist or that other belief?"

Similarly, if you are a non-Christian consider the same question:

"If Christianity was proven true, 

would you become a Christian?"

Whichever question you answered, if you hesitated or thought "No", (or maybe even "NOOOO!!!"), are you basing your beliefs on verifiable evidence, or are you basing your beliefs on what you have found "attractive"?  Whether Christian or non-Christian, if you hold to your beliefs because of what you find attractive and what you prefer, and not because of what is true, is that really reasonable? 

Also, if you did  hesitate or thought "No" when considering one of the above questions, do you know that the belief you are rejecting  is the actual belief and teaching or only what you think that actual belief and teaching is?  If rejecting what you think is the God of Christianity, are you rejecting God as actually taught in Christianity, or are you rejecting the belief you have determined to believe about the God of Christianity, a belief that quite possibly is inaccurate?

 

Pastor Rusty George of Real Life Church provides a very good understanding of the different beliefs about God many people have accepted, which they believe Christianity teaches, but are actually incorrect from the actual teachings of Christianity.  Rusty shows the reasons that have caused these people to reject their incorrect beliefs about God.  Rusty also correctly emphasizes that we should reject God if we understand (or "misunderstand") God in those ways. 

 

The message "Fake Gods" in his series "Is God Fake News?" is his message describing the common but inaccurate beliefs about the God of Christianity which people have but which are not accurate:

www.reallifechurch.org/message/fake-gods/

 

The "Is Good Fake News?" series can be found in the "Archived Messages" section. 

www.reallifechurch.org/watch-and-read/messages/

www.reallifechurch.org/watch-and-read/archived-messages/

 

Real Life Church also created a website for this specific series:

www.isgodfakenews.com

My purpose in creating this website is to hopefully prompt you to think about the beliefs you have, the reasons you have accepted those beliefs, and show evidences you have probably not seen or considered before.  Making this information available through a website has been a long time goal. 

My purpose in using the Hubble Deep Field as the background is to bring up the absolute incomprehensibility of the size of the universe and to raise the following question,

Why is there something rather than nothing? 

or restated,

Why does the universe exist at all?

In your daily life, would you accept something just coming from nothing, appearing out of nowhere, or something just disappearing?  What about a more concrete example?  Have your keys ever disappeared and you thought, "Oh, I guess they are gone"?  Of course not.  You look for them until you find them, right?  You know they can't have just disappeared but must be somewhere, even if you can't find them right then.  We don't accept things just going out of existence nor just appearing out of nowhere.

 

Many, however, seem willing to believe the entire mass and energy contained in our incomprehensibly immense universe came out of nothing.  I know, we've all read or been told that the universe was caused by a "Big Bang".  But what caused the Big Bang?  The Law of Cause and Effect (not The Theory of Cause and Effect) states that whatever begins to exist must have a cause.  So what caused the Big Bang?  Applying The Law of Cause and Effect to the Big Bang, we realize that it had to come from a cause outside of the Big Bang, and the cause had to be great enough to produce it.  A short but effective statement that illustrates this concept is:

"If there was a Big Bang,

there must have been a Big Banger."

                           Greg Koukl of www.str.org 

How do we usually determine the truth of something?  We use evidences, right?  Evidences are important to determine truth, not only about this life but whatever is after this life, and by both students and adults alike.  If there are evidences we can look to to determine what is after this life, isn't it logical to consider them when coming to a conclusion as to what might exist after this life?  Shouldn't we be willing to accept the evidences regardless of the conclusion they point to?  If not, are we really interested in truth, or primarily what we prefer, what is "attractive"?

I initially put together a guide of evidences for Christianity for the high school students of the church my family attends, Grace Chapel in Lancaster, CA  www.gclancaster.com   Talking with a number of people I've come to realize that it is not only many high school students, but people of all ages who have beliefs that are based on what they prefer and not based on the evidences. 

 

The amount of evidence included in the guide was expanded to include valid answers to common challenges made against Christianity, and then expanded further to include additional subjects to answer additional questions.  I am continuing to update the site as well as find alternatives to any links found to be no longer active. 

 

Whether or not you are a high school student, and whether or not you consider yourself a Christian, knowing why you believe what you believe is important.  But even more important than knowing why you believe what you believe is the validity and credibility of the reasons you are basing your beliefs on.  

I would appreciate any feedback as to any value you have found in the information on this site, any suggestions for improving/expanding the content, and also to let me know of any links you find which are no longer active.  Please email me at:

DoYouKnowWhy@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time in considering the information.  May you find the information a blessing to you and your time reading it rewarded.

Hugo Schraer

Site Background Video

From the Hubble Video

"Across the Universe: Hubble Ultra Deep Field" 

http://hubblesite.org/video/3/science

Note: The video displays only on computers. 

Only a picture displays on cell phones and tablets.  

 

An excellent in-depth description of the creation of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image and this background video can be found at this YouTube video link:

"The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAVjF_7ensg

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