Updated: Apr 27
Cars are a pretty major purchase these days. Most folks do at least some research before shelling out big bucks or strapping themselves to a long term obligation. We spend time pouring over the internet for reviews. We talk to friends. We talk to family. We talk to strangers at the gas pump next to us. Sometimes we rely primarily on tradition, “My dad and his day always drove Oldsmobiles”. Ultimately we make a decision, even if we aren’t completely sure the sources we relied on as research for this decision are reliable.
Frequently our decisions about faith are made in the same haphazard way. Research is an absolutely normal and advisable way to make a good decision about most things, but the tricky part is finding the most reliable source of information on the topic?
When choosing a spiritual path it is good to keep in mind that the decisions you make could be with you for a really long time, like eternity.
If you are prone to making decisions based on research as opposed to anecdotal information (a.k.a. hearsay) I suggest you include the Bible in your source material. The fact that it has been around for a couple thousand years and is still the most read book in the known universe attests to its relevance.
As much as I wish to encourage you to read and re-read the Bible, in order to bring this article to a conclusion I will provide some insights as to what you will find as you probe its depths for the answer to the “who or what to worship question”.
In the bible there are dozens of scriptures referring to worshiping God. The vast majority of them are written by or about people who are worshiping God because of the experiences they have had in their relationship with God. I believe this illustrates the point that we are hardwired to worship because we need to contribute to the relationship we have with God. As with most great relationships, it is a 2 way street. Both parties contribute to the relationship. Only, if God is truly the creator of heaven and earth and has done the amazing things chronicled in the books of the bible then what do we have to offer Him? As is God’s nature, He has made it as easy as possible for us to comply by hard wiring the mechanism into our systems that will enable us to give to God one of the few things He requires of our relationship, worship. The only thing we have to do is make the right choice. One of the few times He speaks directly to about worship He makes it abundantly clear what we should do “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them” Exodus 20:1-4
See Part 4 for some final thoughts.