A few months ago a friend of mine had me watch the opening lesson of "The Truth Project" at his house. After 30 minutes of lesson 1 I was hooked. It is a 12 part series produced by Focus on the Family and I am currently teaching it at our local prison. I think every Christian should watch it.
Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.By reading vs 6 we know he's talking to Christians and basically saying, "Don't fall for the deceptive human ideas about the nature of the world as you search for reality." Because, as most of us believe, God wrote the book on the nature of the world & the truth. Do you believe the book? All of it? Can people tell that you believe it?
Dr. Tackett draws a box on the board & says that some people believe everything is in this box. That all reality is within the natural realm. Most Christians believe that God originates outside the box but came inside to reveal Himself & be involved in our daily lives.
Too many people look for the answer to big questions inside the box. Some even put God inside the box. For example, does reading your horoscope influence your plans for the day? When you read a fortune cookie with good news do you feel better? Those who look for the big answers inside the box will end up depressed & confused. There are huge implications of believing that the answers to life's most important questions are in the box.
Here are my questions for you. How will someone know that you believe in the God that provides? Do you have to be an atheist to live like there is no God? Do you know some believers who live like God doesn't exist? If someone doesn't pray with confidence or trust in God's promises or follow Jesus' teachings (on money, not worrying, living for others...) are they saying God is irrelevant?