Got another email from my friend Paul. He’s always “pondering” something. Here, he’s reading a book I’ve recommended several times entitled “Muscle and a Shovel” by Michael Shank. It is a great book and (he) and I highly appreciate the message it puts forth.
Let me share a part of the email with you…
“Why do you believe what you believe?
Most of us believe what we believe because someone we love believed it first. Our parents, grandparents or spouse believed it and shared it with us. Because we love them we accepted their belief system and made it a part of our own.
Our Oregon friends, Vern and Judy Miebach, gave us a book, Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank. Adapting a characterization that Shank uses about religious people he gives us this list:
- They are all good, sincere, moral, kind and honest people.
- They all believe that they are going to heaven.
- Few can find Biblical evidence on how to get to heaven.
- Many feel that everyone is headed to the same place and that the road you take to get there doesn’t matter.
- Most have no idea what their respective religious groups teach.
- Religious apathy prevails.
Why do you believe what you believe? Is your faith built on a firm foundation? Are you a church go-er or a Bible believing, Bible reading, Bible knowing Christian? Whose faith do you have, anyway? Do not let religious apathy prevail in your life.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12