How do you choose your god?

Prince Philip
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Congratulations to HRH Duke of Edinburgh who celebrated his 90th birthday today. He was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen, who conferred a new title and office upon him, that of Lord High Admiral of the Navy. Surprisingly he is even more highly thought of by villagers on the South Pacific Island of Tanna, part of the island nation of Vanuatu. “The people of the Yaohnanen tribe in Vanuatu revere him as a god, and every year on his birthday they host a celebration in the hope that he will visit them… they believe he is originally from their island, and was born from the spirit of a local volcano… legend says that a white man emerged from the volcano and travelled abroad to marry a powerful Queen.” (Source: Sky News)

How do you choose your god, or lack of one? If you smiled at the thought of South Pacific islanders worshipping HRH Prince Philip, the Queen’s consort, do you have a more reliable way of determining who is genuinely worthy of worship; who is not just called a god, but indeed who truly is God? The Dublin Declaration on Secularism and the Place of Religion in Public Life, which was adopted unanimously at the World Atheist Convention this week, included the statement that children should “be educated in critical thinking and the distinction between faith and reason as a guide to knowledge.” That is indeed good news, but will the atheists take their own advice? Biblical evidences, such as manuscript and archaeological evidence, give a strong foundation that supports the accuracy of the Bible record and give legitimacy to the faith of millions around the world who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is not only the Jewish Messiah, but also the Creator and Saviour of the world. Following Jesus’ resurrection, Thomas still doubted. He hadn’t seen for himself. When he finally saw Him, Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:27-29)

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