Thirteen years of age, I was locked in a fiesty dispute with a 20-year old man. We argued very strongly about a famous battle recorded in history. The Battle of Waterloo.
I sincerely believed that the battle was fought on the sea. Yet it was fought on land. I didn’t know I was only thirteen lol.
Napoleon Bonaparte received a crushing military defeat on the fields near the Belgian village of Waterloo, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) south of Brussels. So this battle was not fought on the ocean after all. I was sincere with my belief but sincerely wrong.
Occasionally, the man with who I had this dispute about Waterloo reminds me of my previous and wrongly held belief. Especially when we dispute other issues.
However, I recall this man’s beliefs are not always correct either. He said,
‘Classic films like Gone with the Wind and the Wizard of Ozz will never be shown on television’. He made the predication late one night as we strolled home from a pub.
‘Why won’t the films be put on TV?‘ I asked.
‘It’s a strategy used to make lot’s of money from cinema goers’ he explained ‘if they put the movies on TV everyone will view them and the revenue will be lost’.
‘Oh I see‘
Since he made that statement, I’ve seen both the Wizard of Ozz and Gone with the Wind on TV many times. Therefore the man’s belief was incorrect.
Does it matter what you believe? Absolutley. My wrongly held belief about Napoleon corrupts history and denies reality. The man’s wrong belief about the Wizard of Ozz and Gone with the Wind shows naivety. He was older and wiser but not infallible.
It’s like this when it comes to critical issues such as life and death. What about heaven and hell? Truth and lies? Good and bad? Jesus and the devil? Our belief’s about such things must be accurate. Otherwise we can lose so much and suffer so needlessly. Wrong beliefs take us to the wrong place. They introduce us to the wrong people, give us wrong values and set us on a wrong destiny. As sincere as our beliefs are, they need to be correct.
The Bible exhorts us to,
‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones’
Can the Bible be trusted? Absolutley. The Bible is reliable because the God of the Bible is reliable. Learn more about the accuracy and purpose of the Bible https://bibleblogger.online/2018/03/03/the-bible-2/
Learn more about the Bible and its amazingly accurate scientific facts https://bibleblogger.online/2018/03/15/thinking-gods-thoughts-after-him/
Some correct belief’s about the Christian faith are outlined in the Apostle’s Creed,
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Read the Apostle’s Creed explained