A lone sailor discovered an island and assumed it was unin-
habited, but on a hilltop he saw three small huts, so he climbed up
there only to find a lone man. So he asked, "What are the three
huts." The man replied, "The first one is where I live and the
middle one is my church." 'Then what is the third one," he asked.
Reply: "That's my former church."
Put your imagination in overdrive. Just suppose you had been
raised in a country where you were not exposed to any organized
religion, nothing of any hint of Christianity. One day through
some miracle you came upon a Bible and started reading it,
especially the New Testament.
What kind of faith and belief system would you develop?
Remember, there is no influence from any kind of denomination,
no hangups from any type of predisposed doctrinal opinions or
legalistic churches. What would your raw belief system be if you
relied only on what you read and had not heard of Calvinism,
Arminianism, pretrib, dispensationalism and all the other man-
made theories that seem to guide our Christian thought. What
would you really believe? Do you know, that situation might
actually be quite refreshing.
Assuming the first paragraph above is your situation, would you
believe in the one true God and His son Jesus when you read
John 5:24 (nlt), "I assure you, those who listen to my message
and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will
never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed
from death into life." The above first paragraph is not your
situation. Some of you have had every chance to believe, and you
still haven't. Why? Do you have any valid reason for still not