“Whatever works for you…”


When sharing our faith in Jesus, Gloria and I find so many people saying they are glad we have a faith that works for us.
They may even express a degree of regret that they themselves have no such faith sustaining them, but rarely is that regret sufficient to move them to consider their own need to seek God.

“Whatever works for you” is a common response.

They see that for us Jesus “works”, but for others it may be Buddha, or Allah, or the millions of Hindu gods – it doesn’t matter as long as it works for them.
Clearly, they give no consideration for the value of TRUTH.
Truth has lost its – well, its TRUTH.

Relativism rules, where it is possible for everyone to hold to their own particular “truths” no matter how contradictory they all may be; just as long as no one tries to insist that “their truth” is THE truth.

God isn’t so flexible in His views.

He values truth enough to identify Himself with it.
Jesus said “I am the way, THE TRUTH and the life” – the ONLY means of accessing the Father.

Paul wrote of the importance of truth, that receiving a love of the truth is essential for salvation and writes about

“those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Truth matters. It is worthless believing in something that isn’t true, no matter how much “comfort” it may seem to give.

9 thoughts on ““Whatever works for you…”

  1. Very good post. I wonder how people receive love of the truth, how each person does. I prayed, earnestly, to know truth when I was ten or so. But where did that come from? Subsequently, I’d say I’ve spent my life learning and finding it (and I had, actually, done so — spent my life learning it — before that prayer as well). I think one thing that sparked my thought process and desire was that if you go to different religious schools (Presbyterian pre-school, Nazarene for first and second grades) and have a taste of another church (my dad being raised Catholic and having me christened) and then attend yet another denomination of church (Baptist) when you’re on the verge of not being a child anymore, while going to still an additional faith-based school (Lutheran), you notice that people are claiming truth while saying not exactly the same things. I found all the places nourishing, but wanted to know what is really so.

    Of course, there have to be various ways people come to value truth and seek it. After all, there are people who have no religious or traditional background who end up grasping that truth matters. Many go on to have faith.

  2. “God isn’t so flexible in His views.”

    Yes, exactly right, well stated. Funny how Satan tries to “repackage” his old ideas for each generation, namely questioning God. “Whatever works for you” is just the newest version of “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25) and “Hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1) Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun.

  3. I wonder how we can do anything other than what is right in our own eyes, as long as it is based on what is true or at least observable. Fact is, we don’t do everything in the law (Bible law). Nevertheless, we need law (in our culture) so as to have a semblance of order.

    This is different from whether or not we have faith in God. I know this is difficult to grasp. I’m not saying it doesn’t matter what we do. I’m not promoting cheap “grace.” But we are not to establish theocracies here and there. This is one of the ways we went wrong.

  4. we are not to establish theocracies here and there

    But we should be seeking for the Kingdom of God to be established in our own lives.
    It is to His Kingdom that we belong, so His rule over our lives should be paramount. So effectively followers of Jesus belong in a theocracy.
    But problems will arise when we seek to impose His Kingdom on people who aren’t dwelling in it.

    We are not here to impose His Kingdom on an unbelieving world, we are here as His ambassadors encouraging others to migrate from the Kingdoms of men to God’s Kingdom.
    That does not entail changing the world to make it more Godly – that will never happen in the current creation: not even after Jesus returns. (see Zech 14: 16-19) It’s unfortunate that so many professing believers can’t seem to grasp that and therefore try to live out some kind of unholy hybrid existence, combining devotion to national patriotism with their professed Christianity.

  5. … the Kingdom of God to be established in our own lives…

    Yes.

    But honestly, none of us is living all the rules of the Bible — and not only because we are sinners (or imagine everyone to be taken over by sin).

  6. But problems will arise when we seek to impose His Kingdom on people who aren’t dwelling in it.

    [I’ll add — also when people who aren’t dwelling in it seek to impose it. By which, I do not mean non-Christians shouldn’t be part of current government.]

    We are not here to impose His Kingdom on an unbelieving world, we are here as His ambassadors encouraging others to migrate from the Kingdoms of men to God’s Kingdom.
    That does not entail changing the world to make it more Godly – that will never happen in the current creation: not even after Jesus returns. (see Zech 14: 16-19) It’s unfortunate that so many professing believers can’t seem to grasp that and therefore try to live out some kind of unholy hybrid existence…

    This is something to ponder: not even after Jesus returns.

  7. But honestly, none of us is living all the rules of the Bible

    I don’t see the bible as a book with rules, it is a revelation of God, who enables us to increasingly live our lives in a manner pleasing to Him, as we grow closer to Him.

  8. This is something to ponder: not even after Jesus returns.

    That’s why at the end of the millennium, Satan can raise an army against the Lord after he has been released from imprisonment .

    Perfection only arrives after the creation of a new heaven and new earth in which only righteousness dwells.

  9. I agree that all people or relations on earth won’t be perfect upon Jesus’ return, but I wouldn’t use the same wording that seems everything will be the same as now. I admit, I don’t know if all the rules will be followed, even then, on the daily (or if I’d even want them to be, as I see some of the ways things were conveyed as developmental… and there’s the matter of translation)…

    Of course, there’s also the desire for the earth itself to be made perfect or whole.

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