When Marty Sampson, prominent writer and worship leader for Hillsong, announced that he was no longer a Christian because he wanted “genuine truth,” it was a compelling reminder to reinvigorate my relationship with God.
Searching for truth within Christianity—WITHOUT a deep, personal relationship with God—will only confuse and dissatisfy us.
Mr. Sampson cites his more specific reasons to leave Christianity as the failure of preachers, lack of miracles, and the contradictions in the Bible. But, should failures, miracles, or contradictions ever be the basis for our faith—or lack thereof? If so—who can we ever fully trust? Life is full of contradictions and people who fail us. Even if our greatest faith is in ourselves, well, we are also full of contradictions—and we very, very often fail ourselves!
God knows this—that’s why Jesus died. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He is the only one worthy of our deepest faith. No one else is—not even us!
He is the only one who never fails us. When we pursue a RELATIONSHIP with Him, we experience the kind of faith worth having. I completely understand where Mr. Sampson is coming from—I’ve been there! I was disenchanted by Christianity because I had only intellectualized it—and I failed to fall in love with God! The result was predictable—as the Apostle Paul has written: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
So, of course, I walked away! I was disenchanted by my failure to understand the things of God because His truth is impossible to know—without knowing Him.
I thank God, because He did not stop pursuing me!
His goodness drew me back to Him, and I was so amazed by it that I committed to getting to KNOW Him. The deeper I go, the more He reveals His TRUTH! I can’t describe the experience better than Paul does:
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words, not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-13)
Faith in God should be based upon a relationship with Him, because within it He reveals truth which anchors us so deeply that we never want to live without Him! It is within our vital relationship with God, that His Word comes alive, His wisdom abounds within us, and we see “what no eye has seen nor any heart has imagined!”
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