These past couple of weeks I’ve had conversations with a number of people, all with their own views and convictions about Christianity. Honestly, it’s been hard to sort out truth from all the noise.
I know someone who believes in Jesus, but also considers herself a medium and psychic. I also have a close friend who is a staunch Catholic, and others who have different views on conversion, baptism, and miracles.
The immediate effect these conversations have had on me is an overwhelming sense of doubt and confusion. How can I know what’s true? Will I ever find truth, or will I be endlessly searching in empty conjectures and hypotheses?
In Ephesians, Paul describes the “belt of truth” as part of the Armor of God. When doubts and questions plague our minds, we should go directly to what we know is true: the Bible. God’s Word is “sharper than any double-edged sword”, able to divide between soul and spirit. We can go to the Bible for clarity when we’re lost in confusion.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-22
Paul tells fellow Christians to “test everything“. When we test what we hear with the Bible as the standard, we can know what is good and what is evil. Not only does God’s Word help us in our search for truth, but it also helps us defend what we already know is true when we’re confronted with false gospels.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
In this verse, the Psalmist is crying out to God, asking Him to reveal Himself. He has a thirst to know God. He also knows that no matter how hard He searches, he can’t truly know God by his own efforts. In fact, that’s the very reason Jesus came and died for us. God had to come to us to be known by us. In our quest for truth, we need to cry out to God and ask for Him to teach us and lead us in truth. When we do this, we open the door to the Holy Spirit.
Do you thirst for God? Do you want to know the truth about God, and sort through the doubts and confusion? Remember this in your quest for truth: truth came to us when Jesus was born. God literally became a human being so we could know Him. We may never know everything about God, but we can know Him personally. That’s the most beautiful thing of all! We couldn’t find God, so God found us!
I’m never going to stop pursuing God. I’m never going to give up my quest for truth. But this one thing fact encourages me more than anything else: Because of Jesus, I can have a relationship with my creator!
If you are struggling with doubts and confusion, I highly encourage you to talk about them with your pastor, youth pastor, and parents. Also, simple searches on GotQuestions and videos from trusted theologians can be very helpful.