Why do we believe what we believe? This question is rarely asked of anyone directly. We live in a culture where the “why” is superseded by the “what”. “What do you believe?” has always been a popular topic for discussion. However, when a believer is no longer faced with the ‘what’ and instead challenged by a ‘why,’ lines begin to blur and minds start to blank. What can we possibly offer in response and from where can we derive our answers? Isaiah 6 gives us the solution: we must gaze into the face of God. This journey of seeking His face exposes us, exposes our culture, and turns us into world changers. This quest is only for those brave enough to explore the wondrous depths and layers of the Most High. It is the search for truth-- the most life-changing discovery an individual will ever uncover.
Tour One: Veritology
Doctor Del Tackett challenges your way of thinking with a question: “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” What is truth? This question is of the utmost importance for our existing culture. “Truth” is the determining factor of a person’s actions and reactions. For example, faith requires action. When a child jumps off the high diving board for the first time, he has faith that his daddy will catch him. He acted on the belief that he could trust his parent- on what he believed to be true. As Christians, we must ask ourselves that question daily. “Are my actions reflecting my belief in the truth?”
Tour Two: Philosophy and Ethics
In 1981, Carl Sagan was chosen as humanist of the year. The work that won him the award is widely popular “Cosmos” series. Through his documentary, he quotes “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This thinking has overtaken the American identity. Without being given a reason to be alive, without hope that we are more than just ‘star stuff,’ how can our society possibly reflect a solid set of morals (what is culturally acceptable) and ethics (what should be culturally accepted)? With this in debate, there is a constant battle between the particulars and the universals. Without a grasp on the ethical treatment of mankind, the concept of particulars is swallowed by the massiveness of the universals. In a world where empty philosophies have taken captive our thought patterns, the Believer must try to remember to think in terms of who God is. He did not just write out a set of rules He expected the world to live by. Everything He asks of us is a reflection of His nature.
Tour Three: Anthropology
Man has willingly allowed himself to be led into believing the ideas that the world has to sell. Equality for all creatures has demoralized the nations. What is a man that he should be more significant than an insect? “If mankind has no purpose for existence, why should I care about anyone else? I am going to look after number one.” We have been deceived into having faith in a pernicious lie. Our needs and desires are greater than anyone else’s. When we embrace that way of...