The Practice of Christianity Evidences the Truth of It
by Stuart DiNenno
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)
The unbeliever demands evidence of the truth of Christianity before he will embrace it. But this is backwards. As Christ makes clear in the words above, the practice of Christianity, evidences the truth of it. And as we can learn from our apostate American society today, which is rapidly degenerating into madness and self-destruction, the lack of Christianity evidences the necessity of it.
To better illustrate my point: Suppose you knew a man who had some knowledge that you wanted to attain. And you said to him, “Teach me this, and teach me that.” But you also said to him, “I don’t trust you.” Would that man be willing to teach you anything? Of course not. Not only did you contradict yourself but you also called him a liar. He’s not going to waste his time with you. He is going to throw you out of his house. But this is exactly what men do when they expect God to reveal truth to them while they are in a state of unbelief. Men dare ask of God what they never would dare ask of men.
The correct order for attaining the knowledge of God is: belief > practice > knowledge. A man must first believe the word of God in order to practice it, and when he practices it, then he will know the truth of it. Those who demand the knowledge first, will never have it.
It is because wicked men insist on beginning with a presupposition of unbelief that they remain in darkness, and it is this unbelief that is at the root of the degeneracy that has poisoned our culture.