31. Confusion

We hunger to know the truth about all things, especially the nature of life. This search for life's meaning is a part of every age and every culture.

It is only natural that great thinkers of each society have searched for explanations of existence. Often those thinkers come to believe they have found the truth, or most of it, of "what life is all about." Each promoted his opinions as "Truth" and became revered as a great and wise teacher. A few of those thinkers have their opinions remembered as "Great Religions" that are still followed in our time.

Conflicts and competition between these religions cause much confusion. Many doubt that any universally accepted truth can be distilled out of the conflict. So, we are challenged to pick the "right" religion and to justify our choice.

"Why," some ask, "shouldn't everyone be skeptical about religious opinions and which one is correct? Who can know what to believe when there are so many different opinions?"

Going further, they challenge with, "You have cited Jesus as your religious authority. Why choose Jesus instead of Moses, Mohammed, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, or Zoroaster?"

We must start with Jesus because his beliefs have most influenced Western civilization. This is where we live and where we are constantly confronted with Jesus' name, example and ideas. Because of that, his words and works are most familiar and easiest to find for study. Let's begin to test what we know about Jesus to see what we can prove or disprove.

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