Owning Your Faith

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ~Romans 1:16 KJV
 Growing up in a Christian home, it's easy for children to rely on their parents' beliefs to carry them through high school. But then once they get to college, they abandon their upbringing.

Why?

A lot of us home school kids just take what a prominent adult in our life says and believes it. So, when we go off to college we have new adults (professors) influencing us and we believe what they say.

Listening to the adults in our life isn't a bad thing. But it shouldn't be our main source of truth.

The root of the problem was that these kids didn't own their faith. They didn't really have a personal relationship with Jesus. They just believed because their parents believed.

It's time for us, as young believers to be Bereans:
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. ~ Acts 17:11 KJV
It's time for us to search the Scriptures daily and test everything we hear against the Word of God.

So, how can we own our faith? Owning faith includes the concept of making it ours.

If someone was to ask you why you believe what you believe, would your answer be "Because I was raised this way" or "Because that's what my parents believe"? If so, then you don't own your faith.

Just think: if you blindly follow someone and believe what they believe just "because", where will your convictions come from? They will come from what another person says not what the Bible teaches.

Our convictions should come from God and the Bible; not other people.

So, instead of believing just to believe, why don't you check out what the Bible says instead of only what fallible humans have to say?
And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. ~ John 4:42 KJV
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