Whether it’s Christianity or Islam, whether it’s the Jehovah Witness religion, or Mormonism, any kind of ideology, it is a logical fallacy to believe that what people do can interpret what actually is right. Let me give you an example: The Westboro Baptist Church is about 20 people and they are quite well known for their interpretation of the Bible in their rude, crude, and socially unacceptable manner. They believe that because God is angry with sinners, every day, because God hates Sin, that they should reflect that to the world. Is Christianity right or wrong based upon what these professing believers do? “You’ll know them by there fruits”, was a scripture that was quoted buy a Catholic Monsignor in a debate between Robert Spencer from jihadwatch.org and this Catholic representative on whether Islam itself is violent. And the point the Monsignor was to say Islam is NOT evil because an ideology cannot be interpreted as evil by the evil actions of some their followers. He then claimed Christianity could not be interpreted at all by the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church followers. Is what someone believes justified by what they do? Is whether an ideology is right or wrong proven by the actions of the followers? It all depends on whether what they’re believing is true, right? You cannot presume evil and you cannot presume good by the actions of the followers. They may be bad followers either way. You can safely say whether an idea results in good or bad by the way the majority of their followers Act, but you cannot say whether it’s true or not. What I mean to say is you cannot prove the existence of “Allah” by The Devout actions of Islam’s followers.
Think about it, just because a third of the world’s population believe that communism is the right way to go, the ideology that claims there is no God, does not make their belief true. I can believe I am a smart rock descended from nothing, through billions and billions of years of random happenstance. Miraculous though it may be it still doesn’t make what I believe true, just because I believe it or don’t believe it. See, this is the bottom line, this is where “the rubber meets the road” in any such argument over Catholicism, Islam, Christianity, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhizm. No matter what someone believes,it matters not at all if it’s not true. If I believe we’re living on a plate spinning through a gelatinous substance in space, whether it is true or not, is not dependent on my belief. It matters not at all if the whole world believes in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, what matters is whether it’s true or not, whether it exists or not, whether what we believe is actual, real. When God says that you will be judged by what you have done whether it is good or evil comma what will come to pass will be what is true. The Muslims complain all they want but they will get 70 Vestal virgins if they die in the service of Allah but if it’s not true it won’t happen.
To mis-quote the Bible about whether not a person’s faith in God can be demonstrated by what they do as being evidence for how to interpret the veracity of an ideology, on whether it is true or not, is a logical fallacy. Yes, you can believe THEY belived by their actions, but it doesn’t prove what they believe is true. 8 men threw themselves into the World Trade Center towers for what they believed, killing over 300 Innocents, does it make what they believe true, real?
Let’s take the story of Noah, only 8 people in the entire world believed God while all the rest perished for not believing God. Was their conviction that God was wrong or that there was no God any influence on whether God existed , whether God then actually was able to pronounce judgment on them, and then demonstrated He had the right to condemn them to a watery grave? Do See? Every argument against God is an argument about His right to judge, His right to tell them what is right, and what is wrong. Whenever I argue with anyone, whenever I’m having a conversation, that is, speaking with someone who actually wants to discuss what they believe in an honest manner, the bottom line always is whether God has the right to judge them.
I’ve heard the argument, believed that for some time, until I realized how fallacious it was, that the truthfulness of an argument can be determined by the sincerity of the one arguing. “Wisdom is justified of it’s children”, not realizing God was making exactly the same point I just did, that the children, the believers of a particular”wisdom” cannot justify their claims by what they do. Let me give you an example: The 12 disciples died violent deaths because they believed God and were willing to lay down their lives to prove what they believed. Where is that a proof that what they believed was true? Nowhere, not at all, because Islam also has many who lay down their lives for their belief, and it makes it no more right or wrong than the Disciples of Christianity laying down their lives for what they believe. There are Martyrs in Catholicism, but does their martyrdom, their suffering, make Catholicism correct? No, why would it any more than Moslems, or Hindus dieing for theirs?
So now, let me really blow your mind and ask you whether the crucifixion of Christ is proof positive that Christianity is true? I mean, was that what Jesus died on the Cross for, to prove that His Gospel is truer than any other? Really? Because if you believe that you are also a candidate for conversion to Islam, or Mormonism, or Buddhism! None of the actions, the works, of those who believe that ideology are proof that the ideology is true. Yes their actions are proof that they believe it but that is all it proves. So, you may wonder then, why do I bother to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and tell people that it’s the only truth, that Only Jesus Saves? Let me ask you why do you trust in Jesus? Is it because He did something for you? Was it because of something that somebody else did that was so amazing, and they were Christians? Was it because someone laid down their life for you, to pay for your sin?
Or was it this,
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalms 34:8 KJV
Who saves, but God? And who reveals but Him? Are not all His Ways beyond understanding?
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:3 KJV
Maybe you think you trust God because someone.was nice to you?
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Hebrews 6:5 KJV
God promises, try Him, He WILL prove Himself… But you must not be half hearted…
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 KJV
Shall I give you more?
Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
Psalms 77:14 KJV
God will not be slack in His proof to you. He personally reveals Himself in ways we personally can relate to.
He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Psalms 98:3 KJV
No ideology works if it is not true and only Jesus is real. He loves us and proves it, over and over and…
…I think you get the message
Patrick J Burwell, OnlyJesusSaves.org