Trust and Belief are two simple words that have similar connotations and are considered to be interchangeable by definition. But are they really when used to define the relationship between two people? Let’s see how that works in my personal life.
Trust would mean that someone has complete confidence in me and that the other person can rely on me at all times, no matter what. I would help them at all times, be by their side in a time of need or sorrow or be by their side during the happy, joyful times.
Belief requires the other person place complete faith in me at all times. No matter what. Even if my ideas seem crazy, without merit, far-fetched. To be in a relationship with me, the other person has to have both trust and faith in 100% everything I have a passion for. To believe in me, is to believe in themselves as well because the positive energy by this unquestioning belief will lift us both up to beyond what we can accomplish alone.
This sounds exactly like the type of faith that Christians place on Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, even though we cannot see him, hear him, or are able to touch him, like we can do with all of our other personal relationships. Christians still remain the largest religious group in the world, with about 2.17 billion believers or 30% of the global population. However, it is projected that Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, from 23% to 31% of the global population by 2050. At the same time, the number of atheists, agnostics and other people not associated with any religion, will decline rapidly as people choose “what they believe in.”
My church did a comparison of religions on Mother’s Day, and it was presented in a very straight-forward logical manner. The compared Christianity, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Hindu, Islam and Scientology. Four of these religions were developed by a single human man, not a god or deity.
Mormons were led by a man who had a series of visions that directed him to found this church in 1830, which did not allow a black man to be ordained until as recently as 1978. Jehovah’s Witness was founded in 1872 by a former hat salesman. This religion does not allow the celebration of an individual’s birthday and in the early days, a special “blessing” was given to a black person so that they could become “white” and not feel good about being black. Scientology, or the religion know as Tom Cruise’s religion of choice, was formed a year before I was born, in 1954. It was formed by a science fiction writer, L Ron Hubbard who believed that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. Islam is generally credited to a single man as well, a prophet who formed the religion around 600 AD. Followers believe in; 1) one Allah, or creator, 2) angels, (3) prophets, (4) the revelations of Allah and while many believe in portions of the Bible, more believe in the Qur’an, and 5) the last day of judgement, with everyone being resurrected into paradise or hell.
Hinduism began about 1500 BC with no founder or true date of origin. Hinduuism referred to a geographic location and is defined as the eternal spiritual path and is based on a collection of hymns which represent historical events.
I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, just the way I am, sin and all. I believe in one God that exists in three persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. I stand tall in my belief, along with the other 2.2 people of the world. Today I am asking that all Christian leaders, Christian business owners and Christian teachers to stand up tall and proud and tell a stranger that you are a Christian. Do not be afraid to offend, just believe that you are helping change the direction our world is taking, so that the growth of Christianity will exceed that of any other religion.
Trust and believe in Jesus Christ.