I had a conversation recently with an uncle of mine who doesn’t believe Jesus is God. I think that’s a notion he concocted to fit his own personal belief system. He couldn’t have come to it by revelation, since he doesn’t read the Bible.
He also believes there is no life after we die.
I must admit that years ago, if I heard a compelling argument for some alternative concept of Jesus, God or heaven, I became momentarily skeptical.
What ultimately helped me cement my beliefs in God’s Word as the inerrant, infallible Gospel Truth was a principle of logic. It’s called the principle of non-contradiction. What it says is, “two contradictory statements can not both be true at the same time and in the same way”. I used the same principle in my post last week, “What if atheists and non-believers are right?”
The principle will work in the Bible, biology, physics, theology, ceramics, psychology, plumbing, whatever. The Bible gives us a number of scriptures in which Jesus, or other writers, make the claim that Jesus and the Father (God) are one. John 1:1; 1:14; 8:58; and 10:30 are among the most widely referenced.
The same principle works with those who claim they believe there’s more than one religion, one belief system that provides a way to get to heaven. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am THE way,(not one of several ways) THE Truth and THE life; NO ONE comes to the Father (no one believes in God, no one receives the fee gift of eternal life) except through me.
Jesus claimed to be God. Jesus claimed more than once that He and God are One. Either Jesus was telling the truth, or he purposely lied to mislead humanity and was merely a prophet or a wise man.
I asked my uncle that if he’s right and there’s no God and no life after death, what have I lost?
“But,” I said, “what if I’m right and there is a loving God who promises those of us who believe Him and His promise of eternal life. . .what have YOU lost?”
He did not answer the question. He stopped talking. I don’t broach the subject with him any more. But he heard my question. And one day he’ll have to answer it.