Searching For Truth?

The world’s great religions:

No one searches long before coming up against the world’s great religion founders and philosophies.  The order of the day is to pick and choose from all of these, coming up with our own meal.  “For my main course I’ll have a big helping of Self, then have a side dish of Jesus at funerals, and a dessert of…of…angels.  Yes, I’ve always thought them pretty.” 

And searching for answers in the church?  It has served up some pretty gagging food the last years, and few people care to order it.  “Yes, I‘d like your Hypocrisy special with a little Condemnation on the side.  For dessert I‘d like…well, how is your Pervert Pie?  You seem to have a lot of that--even though you say you don‘t.”  While some of that image is incorrect, there is much that is true enough to give anyone pause.

At Ellsworth Assembly, you won’t find perfect people,  that is for sure.  But we would point you to see Jesus.              

Jesus made a very startling claim: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father but by me.”  There are only a few options on this claim.  He was either crazy, a liar and deceiver, or who he claimed to be.  Many of us have labored over this whole thing of Jesus being who he claimed to be, and we see him as being all he claimed to be.  He could not have been just a good teacher, for a good teacher would not set out to lie and deceive.  If he were not who he claimed to be, he would be the worst demon of hell--for he claimed that he was the way, the truth, and the life--that no one gets to God but by him. 

The point?  This discovery is a bit like the man who wants the truth but is terrified of what he might find.  Oh no!  I’m going to have to be one of THOSE??!!   All this is quite aggravating to what the Bible calls our sinful nature--we’d rather go our own way and tell God to go to hell. 

But if Jesus is believed, then there is a larger story that we are part of.  A bigger picture that makes it all come together.  And by this Story we know who we are and have reason to live--not for ourselves, but for God, with God.  We not only know him, but begin to enjoy him forever.  It is a story of true family which has bonds that are everlasting.  By this we have significance--not because we get to dance with the “stars”, but because we know the Author of Life, the creator of the stars in the heavens. 

We invite you to consider Jesus.  If he created you, then he gave you enough of a brain to figure out if he really is the way, the truth, and the life.  And, he gave you enough of a will to overcome the sheer hatred you may have for him. 

There is nothing quite like reading his words.  If you don’t have a Bible, we encourage you to contact us and we’ll sell you one for three bucks.  Our cost.   If you have a Bible, start in the New Testament, reading Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  If you have a Bible that you can’t understand due to the old language, get a more modern translation and dig in.

If you have questions that are perplexing you and you are seeking for answers, we‘d be happy to help direct you to some authors who are a lot smarter that we are.  We do not know of a single legitimate reason to not seek Jesus.  Yes, there are good answers to every question and doubt.

What we find is that most people are actually not hung up on intellectual issues, but have deep hurts.  More like, “If there is a God, why did he let my little sister die?” We don’t have answers to that.  But we do know One who heals hurts and who will one Day make all things right.  We do know what it is like to sit in the sweetness of his presence and be changed.

When you sit to read, pray something like this: “God, if you are there and this Book tells the truth--help me to understand it.”

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