Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
There are many roads, faiths, beliefs, religions, ideologies and world views that bombard humanity throughout the course of one’s life. Which path does one choose? How do we know which way is the right way? How do we know what faith to believe in aside from following our parents or culture?
These are all valid questions and are of course the argument of many who I have even spoken to about why Jesus is the only way to God, salvation, God’s Kingdom and so forth. It is okay to ask where the Bible came from, and God knows we have questions—that is why the Bible was written, so we could have a manual for our faith.
First, let’s dive into the question that this Project Inspired girl had on our Girl Talk forum. If you would like to join the chat or add to the post, click here.
I am honing in on this PI Girl’s question about her World History class and how she is not understanding fully where the Christian faith derived from. Some schools have confused people about what creationism is and have even taught evolution as a main course or as a main part of their curriculum. Many professors teach from the secular world of thought, so do not be surprised if you attend a secular school or college to be taught worldly ideologies. Also, I want to mention that it is good and even healthy to know why you believe what you believe, and to ask questions. Remember, Jacob wrestled with God, David questioned and doubted God, and even Jonah ran away from God.
Below is the Girl Talk forum question this anonymous girl has regarding the Christian faith. The PI Girl asked if Christianity was inspired by other ancient religions, and is it okay to question your faith and ask your youth pastor this, and how should she approach the question?
“…I’ve been learning in World History class stories such as ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’ and topics like how certain ancient religions could have inspired Christianity. I take what I learn with a grain of salt, yet I’d really like answers on some of those little questions. How would I ask my youth pastor about this without seeming like a ‘rebellious teenager who wants to question the faith.’”
The answer to the question regarding asking your youth pastor about your faith is that you should 100 percent be able to ask your leaders or pastors any faith-related question and you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask. “The only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked,” one of my professors said once to my class. The next answer about Christianity and its history is that the beginning of the Christian church started with the disciples and Jesus in the New Testament, and initiates, dating all the way back to the Old Testament, which is why it is called the Judeo-Christian faith. (Approximately over 2,500 years ago, Moses was born, around the time of 1500-1300 B.C.) Most of the faith was written through scrolls, called the Pentateuch (first five books) and orators, of course inspired by the Holy Spirit and Word of God through God’s people. (God’s people whom He speaks through are known as “prophets.”)
(Read 2 Peter 1:20-21 for further study on prophesy.)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
In addition, most of Jesus’ followers were Jewish and Jesus is Jewish! The Christian faith, if anything, derived from the Jewish heritage and the nation of Israel. The apostles, who followed Christ’s leading (read Acts in the Bible), were in Greece and some spoke in other languages such as Aramaic. This time period is called “The Apostolic Age,” hence the Word “apostle,” which means disciple (or disciplined student). You may be asking, “Where did the Bible come from?” and of course we as believers know it was from the Lord and the Holy Spirit that was written through God’s people and preserved for humanity to receive. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
If we want to be literal about where the Bible derived from, it came from eyewitnesses, just like on the news or in court, except they wrote down their testimony and it typically is called after their name or the theme of the particular book. According to The Huffington Post on the original apostles: “First, biblical books were frequently associated with one of the original apostles. The Gospels of Matthew and John are named after original disciples (although the texts that bear their names make no such connection), while Mark was thought to be a student of Peter and Luke a companion to Paul.”
Disciple in Greek: mathētḗs (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21)
There are many verses that deal with Jesus being the way (John 14), and also referring to the truth and being set free. Jesus died and rose again for the sins of the world, proving He was who He said He was. The decision about whether you believe that He is the awaited Messiah that the Jews waited for is entirely up to you. God forces no one to believe. Even God gives us the gift of free will. The proof is in our history, creation, the artifacts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ruins of the land where Jesus walked and preached, and even died. Realize that God has to test us in life by faith. He tests our heart to see if we REALLY believe. Some even saw miracles and hardened their hearts with unbelief. You choose.
I and the Father are one. (John 10:30)
He who has seen Me has seen the Father… (John 14:9)
Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God? When He rose again defeating sin and death once and for all, it changed everything. We can now enter into God’s Holy presence because the veil was torn into the Holy of Holies. (Matthew 27) We now have access after being born again (spiritually; John 3) to receive the free gift of salvation by faith.
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:50-54)
[Sources: http://biblehub.com/greek/3101.htm; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-lose/where-did-the-bible-come-_b_893765.html]
PI Girls, I pray this article helps you! Let me know if you have further questions by commenting below! Jesus loves you!