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10 Reasons To Believe in the Christian Faith
excerpt taken from Our Daily Bread - Easter Edition
1. The Credibility of its Founder
Christ said He came from heaven to die for our sins and to bring to His Father all who believe in Him. Logic says that He was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord of heaven. His followers saw His miracles, heard His teachings, examined His blameless life, witnessed His terrible death, and saw Him alive again. They concluded, "We have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God"
2. The Reliability of its Book
Written over a period of about 1,600 years by 40 different authors, the Bible tells one story that begins with creation and concludes on the threshold of eternity. The integrity of its historical and geographical record is supported by archaeology. The accuracy with which it has been copied has been confirmed by the Dead Sea Scrolls of Qumran.
3. Its Explanations For Life
All religious systems attempt to give meaning to our existence, to explain our thirst for significance, the problem of pain, and the inevitability of death. It is Christ who reveals a Father who takes note of every sparrow that falls, a Father who numbers even the hairs of our head (Matthew 10:29-31), a God who shows how much He cares for all He has created. It is Christ who clothed Himself in our humanity to feel what we feel, and then to suffer and die in our place.
4. Its Continuity With the Past
Those who trust Christ are accepting the same Creator and Lord worshiped by Adam, Abraham, Sarah, and Solomon. The Christian faith is not new with Christ. From Genesis to Revelation it is one story. It is His story - and ours (Acts 2:22-39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
5. Its Foundational Claim
The first Christians were witnesses who risked their lives to tell the world that they had seen an innocent man die and then miraculously resurrected 3 days later (Acts 5:17-42). They testified that Jesus was crucified under the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. His body was buried and sealed in a borrowed tomb. Guards were posted to prevent grave tampering. Yet after 3 days the tomb was empty and witnesses were risking their lives to declare that He was alive.
6. Its Power to Change Lives
The first disciples were not the only ones dramatically changed. Paul, one of their worse enemies, was transformed from a killer of Christians into one of their chief advocates (Galatians 1:11-24). Later he wrote about this power to change lives, "Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
7. Its Analysis of Human Nature
Many want to believe that our problems are rooted in ignorance, diet, and government. But Jesus said, "Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man" (Matthew 15:19-20).
8. Its View of Human Achievement
Generation after generation has hoped for the best. We fought wars that would end all wars. We developed educational theories that would produce enlightened children. We conceived technologies that would make life easier for ourselves. In spite of mankind's high hopes and efforts, this world is approaching a terrible endtime predicted by the Bible (Matthew 24:5-31; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
9. Its Impact on Society
A carpenter from Nazareth changed the world. Calendars and dated documents bear silent witness to His birth. Basic Christian values have been foundational to social morality, work ethic, and social relief efforts.
10. Its Offer of Salvation
The Christian faith offers forgiveness and adoption into God's family by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior (Romans 10:9-13). The salvation that Jesus offers does not depend on what we have done for Him, but on our acceptance of what He has done for us. This salvation requires an admission of our sins and a confession of failure (Ephesians 2:8-10).
You're Not Alone
You're not alone if you are still unconvinced about the reasonableness of faith in Christ. But keep in mind Jesus' claim that we don't have to resolve our doubts on our own. He said, "If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own" (John 7:17 NIV).
If you do see the reasonableness of faith in Christ, the Bible offers to you this reassuring promise: "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12). The salvation Christ offers is not a reward for effort, but a gift to all who put their trust in Him.
"This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief." (1 Timothy 1:15)