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Questions to Ask Someone to Help Them Understand Their Beliefs in YHVH (God)
It is easy to flounder in your convictions about beliefs that center on a being that exists outside of your understanding. This series of questions will help you and others decide exactly where you stand on this issue. I started asking these questions to my children as they grew old enough to begin to be responsible for their own beliefs. I explained to them that although I believed in a creator and a savior and tried to live as they would want me to and I believed that there was a heaven and a hell that we would eventually be placed in; I made it clear to them that my faith would not save them. They had to make up their own minds about what they believed. When I asked these questions I allowed them to say no whenever they felt they should. I did not lecture or chastise them if their yes’s stopped before the end of the list. As I went through the questions I did give them my answers but I tried to do so with the understanding that I did not want to force my beliefs on them but that I would just like for them to hear how the thoughts went through my mind.
Questions to Help You Decide What You Believe about YHVH (God) and Yeshua (Jesus)
- Do you believe there might be a creator?Is it possible?
- If you believe it’s possible, do you believe it is so?
- If you believe there is a creator, the next question is does that creator care about what happens here?
- If you believe there is a creator, and that, that creator cares what is happening here… do you believe that creator cares about you specifically?
- If you believe there is a creator who cares about you specifically… do you believe that creator has a standard of right and wrong and does that creator expect you to do right?
- If you are expected to do right, do you need forgiveness when you do wrong?
- If you need forgiveness, is a blood sacrifice necessary?
- If a sacrifice is necessary, is Yeshua (Jesus) that sacrifice?
My answers to these questions
Do you believe there might be a creator? Is it possible?
Any scientist worth their degree will usually admit that there is a possibility. It doesn’t mean they will believe in a creator but the possibility is there because you can’t disprove the possibility of one.
If you believe it’s possible, do you believe it is so?
I have a college degree in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology and can clearly see in the amazingly complicated functions of a single cell the distinct necessity that this world was created by something (someone) smarter and more powerful than me. This conclusion for me is supported by my knowledge of Biology. Without a creator, the probability of us coming from nothing without some sort of influence to cause the organization of the chaos into beings like us is statistically impossible.
If you believe there is a creator, the next question is does that creator care about what happens here?
Once I believed in a creator this answer was a relatively easy question to answer. As a scientist, I know that the creation of an experiment causes me to be very invested in its outcome. I am careful about what the variables are, how I measure things like time, distance, volume, etc. Some experiments require me to methodically add or remove things to and from the experiment. Other experiments I simply get things started and watch to see what happens without further involvement. In both cases I am invested in the outcome. So logically a creator of the universe is most likely interested in what is happening here.
If you believe there is a creator, and that, that creator cares what is happening here… do you believe that creator cares about you specifically?
From here forward the answers to these questions become based on my personal observations and beliefs. They follow logic but only if you can agree with my perceptions of the world and relationships. Even before having children I could see the investment of a parent with regard to their child. According to movies, books, and other resources there are exceptions to this idea. My personal experience is that every parent I have ever known (even what the world would consider a bad parent) was strongly invested in their child. I believe a creator smart enough and powerful enough to create the universe is able to know me and after knowing how invested I am in my children that, that creator is invested in me.
If you believe there is a creator who cares about you specifically… do you believe that creator has a standard of right and wrong and does that creator expect you to do right?
There seems to be an intrinsic knowledge of right and wrong among humans. Even animals that run more an instinct than humans do seem to have a code of conduct. I believe this code came from somewhere and since I believe in a creator I believe that the creator is the source.
From here the questions become more about whether or not you believe the Holy Bible is from the creator. Three major religions; Jewish, Christian, and Muslim; claim the first chapters of Genesis as the word of their creator. Their historical lineages separate at different places in that book. Only Christians answer yes to all of the following questions.
If you are expected to do right, do you need forgiveness when you do wrong?
Since the creator cares about me specifically and does expect me to do right I believe our relationship is strained if He has not forgiven me so I do need forgiveness.
If you need forgiveness, is a blood sacrifice necessary?
This is where belief in the Holy Bible comes into play. I believe the Holy Bible is from the creator and in that book tells me a blood sacrifice is necessary. Both the Old and New Testament talk about the need for a sacrifice for sins to be attoned for.
If a sacrifice is necessary, is Yeshua (Jesus) that sacrifice?
I believe Yeshua (Jesus) was the child born of a virgin who was meant to be a perfect sacrifice so that I could have a relationship with YHVH (God).