Testing my Religion
Question: I’m a very religious Catholic, and I’m all for JESUS and want to give my life to JESUS. But I wish I could get some sign telling me if the Catholic religion is right or wrong.
Answer: I can see your evident love you have for Jesus, and for that I thank God, and pray that He will root your love for him in the knowledge of the gospel. We can never love Jesus too much!
I commend your attitude. You believe and yet you are courageous enough to ask questions about your faith. Like Mary, when the angel Gabriel told her that she would have a son, she believed, and then asked how that could happen since she was not married. I hope and pray that you would continue to seek and ask questions about the faith of Jesus Christ. “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). God will reward your searching with a stronger and more mature faith.
You may ask me how, by which method, can I prove my faith? Should I expect some sign? No, not really, for if you had to receive a supernatural sign, how would you know that it is not a deceptive sign from the enemy of our souls? There is a better and surer way to know the truth about religion.
I’m sure you will remember from the gospels how Jesus often taught and debated with the Jews. Very often, the issue was about ‘truth’ - was Jesus and His teaching of God or not? What is the true religion and what is not? This is what Jesus did. He referred the people to the Scriptures (which at that time consisted of the books of the Old Testament). He would say to them, “It is written.” And that, for Jesus, would settle the question.
Here I give you one example. There was a question about the resurrection. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection. Here is Jesus’ answer:
“You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:29-31).
Notice first of all that they were in error because they did not know the Scriptures. If you want to know the truth about spiritual matters, you must know the Holy Bible. Secondly, He reasoned from the Scriptures with them to expose their error. “Have you not read?” he asked them.
Jesus would say the same to you - if you want to know the truth, if you want to know if a particular doctrine is true or not, read the Bible. Check it out! There you will find instruction and correction.
© Dr Joseph Mizzi