Is it arrogant to say that your religion is the only right one?
It’s not arrogant it’s being confident. There are many things that I’m confident in. I am confident that my wife loves me, my dogs will bark when I get home, and that Nate can take one regular sized sheet of paper and step right through it. Check the video out to see what I’m talking about.
Confidence is to believe what you know to be true IS true. For Christians it our confidence is found in knowing Jesus. The more we know Jesus the more confidence we have. The more we know Jesus the less we need to know about everything else. The more we know Jesus the more we begin to think with an eternal mindset. Take Steven for example. He was so confident in Jesus and the gospel message that in today’s society he would have been considered arrogant in some circles.
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit”
What makes Steven’s words so honorable? He knows the way, the truth, and the life of Christ. He was so sure of who Jesus was that everything else in life became insignificant. Paul put it like this, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish (dung), in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8 (ESV)
Lets take a look at how someone answers this question on the website Christianity explored
Lets take some time to look at the focal passage that Nate directed us to in the video.
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:1-11 ESV)
The Life of a follower of Christ will follow after His ways, His truths, and His life. There is no room for additions or subtraction. His ways are evident through scripture, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. The disciples believed Jesus but felt they needed more. Do you feel like you need more? Is the way, truth, and life of Jesus not enough? Has it been enough but you’ve become lazy in your approach and neglected your relationship with Jesus? The disciples did need more. They needed more than Jesus as a fellow journeyman. They needed Jesus as a Savior, and that’s exactly what they got. The resurrected Jesus became the way, the truth, and the life that they longed for, and Jesus had previously talked to them about. Do you have a relationship with Jesus that is based on his saving grace? Do you want that type of relationship with Him? Are you living a life that embodies Jesus’ way, truth, and life?
The Way – to life perfected through Christ and in relationship with God the Father.
The Truth – that holds all truth together. The truth is the foundations by which every truth is called truth.
The Life – by which all life has been created and held together.
What’s next for you and God?
What is he calling you into?
7 thoughts on “Arrogant Christians”
You may be confident, but what does confidence reside ‘in’, and ‘what’ is confident
Confident in Jesus being the way the truth and the life.
I think we can agree on that. We can definitely all be just like Jesus, as soon as we stop talking and reading about him and just be it!
I don’t know about you, but one of the primary ways that I learn to “Be” like Jesus is by reading the Bible.
And it is clear, “you don’t know about me…”
You need to read in a book, that every thought you make will initially be for yourself? That vanity is bad and greed even moreso? Taxing and usary practically sins. Desire and greed lead to suffering? You need the book to know crowds are bad, and people too?
Then keep reading.
Nope, just to get to know the life, death, and resurrected Jesus. The Bible, Spirit of God, and Community of believers draw me in and enlighten me to God and his redemptive desire to draw men into a relationship with himself through Jesus the only way, truth, and life. Good question. Thanks for participating.