Evidence to Believe
We believe people should know the facts, and judge for themselves based on the evidence. Today there is so much misinformation in the media about Christianity, who Christ was, and even what constitutes “a Christian”!
Don’t be misled! Investigate the facts – examine the evidence. It says in the Bible “let us reason together”; God wants you to come to Him with your whole person – and that includes your mind! Today, through manifold scientific discoveries, we have more than ever strong “reasons to believe”. But He has not laid it out so well that we are precluded from denying Him if we choose to do so. He has reserved for us that power of free will – for without that, love cannot exist.
And although He has given us more than enough reasons to believe, He also requires that we come to Him by “faith”, for as it says,“without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Where Does the Scientific and Historical Evidence Point?
Is there evidence for a Creator God, or not? Are you wondering if there is any evidence to believe in a Creator, or are we humans just the product of some random evolutionary chance process? Where does the scientific evidence point to? To the universe always having existed just as i is, or to a singularity that started it all? Is there evidence that the universe, the solar system, and even the earth being designed and carefully “fine-tuned” for complex life to form and thrive?
What about philosophy? Are there philosophical reasons why one ought to believe in God? Is there, for example, a “moral law” that we consciously set our rules by, and in fact live by? Or does everyone actually live by no rules at all? Does anyone really do this, and if so, what is the outcome?
Is there any evidence for Jesus having lived among us, or is He just a folk hero, the product of legend? Where does the historical and archaeological evidence point to? What do biblical and non-biblical documents have to say about the existence of Jesus? What about eye witness accounts? If you are like many, you have questions about Christ, and whether He was who He said He was, or just another great teacher. Do you question the claims of Jesus, and wonder what sets Him apart?
Why Christianity, Why Jesus?
Don’t all religions or faiths lead to the same place? What makes Christianity unique, and why should I consider Jesus rather than Buddha, Mohammad, or Krishna? The fact of the matter is, when you examine them, ALL religions or belief systems claim “exclusivity” – even those that claim to have no such claim on the truth. When you examine religions, you will find that ALL claim that only they have the truth, and are the practice that you should follow. So what is with Christianity, what makes it different? The answer:Christianity is about relationship, not religion.
All other religions are just that – religions that claim to shows you the “right” way to live, how to reach up to God for contentment and happiness. The rules you should practice daily, practices you should follow, in order that you – you mind you -are able to attain higher levels of purity and “enlightenment”. This is true for Buddhism, Bahai, Islam, and even false Christian religions. In contrast, Christianity is about the situation we are in today – that we are a fallen creation, in need of a Redeemer. And the “good news” (the gospel) of Jesus Christ, and how the Creator of the universe reached down to us, became a human just like us, and lived life, sacrificing Himself for us so that He could make a way back to to our Maker.
We Live in Troublesome Times, Searching for Fulfillment
We live in tumultuous times these days. Governments are struggling, with people with opposing views that can’t seem to come to any agreement – even to keep the government running, and the lights on. Terrorism continues to spread, with no end in sight. Economies are going through transformation, with many wondering how their skills will transition to an economy largely automated.
Sadly today, especially in the West, people have tried to find meaning and a purpose for their life in every place except in the Lord.
- They look for fulfillment and satisfaction in their work, only to be eventually disappointed that they were passed over for the promotion, or pushed out.
- People look to alcohol or drugs to fill that emptiness inside, when only your heavenly Father can fill the void you have
- They look for fulfillment in possessions, seeking to accumulate more and more – bigger homes, fancier cars, more jewelry and clothes – assuming this will bring fulfillment and contentment.
- They search for fulfillment in relationships, hoping that a special person will bring all the contentment and fulfillment they need.
The fact of the matter is that humankind is now in a fallen state, ever since we rebelled against our Maker so many ages ago. Turning our back on our Creator, and trying to define for ourselves our own standards for right and wrong. The problem is that we are made to be connected to our Creator, and even walked with Him in the garden at one time! But now, we have fallen out of that fellowship, and lost that “presence” within. And we long to reclaim it, trying in vain the fill that void within with everything else that comes out way. In 1670, the famous scientist Blaise Pascal published Pensées, a defense of Christianity. It it he wrote:
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées VII(425)
Why Not Consider Jesus?
Rather than seek fulfillment in your possessions, your career, relationships, or medication – any of which can come crumbling down without much warning – why not place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus – “the image of the invisible God”. When humankind fell, God made a promise – that He would “crush” the head of the serpent by sending a Redeemer to bring humankind back into relationship with Himself. His redemption plan started right there at the fall, choosing a people to follow Him, and eventually sending His Spirit in the right time in history to overshadow a virgin by the name of Mary, causing her to bear a Child who would become the spotless “Lamb” of God, the Anointed One, the promised Messiah – the living sacrifice that paid the ultimate price for all of humankind’s failures – past, present and future.
Yeshua, or Jesus as we call Him, was the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (as John the Baptist said when seeing Him). Jesus was the fully human, but also fully divine in His nature. He was and is the eternal Word of God – everything God has to say. As the 1st chapter of John’s gospel puts it, “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. Jesus lived the life that we failed to do, and then sinless, gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place by giving His life on a cross. Because while God is Love, and merciful – He must also be just, and deliver justice where it is due. Because of what Jesus did, God able to remain just, but also justify His creation. The glorious thing is that Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death and paving the way for a new family to be joined to God through His Son.
The Bible says that “There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” No other name. Not Buddha; not Mohammed; not Krishna; not anyone else. Only Jesus is the Rock, the firm foundation for anyone who places their hope and trust in Him!
And this is where you come in. By believing in Jesus, and accepting Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior, you become part of God’s new family. You become as Jesus said, “born again”. A new creation. God puts the Spirit of Christ into your heart, and begins changing you day by day to become the man or woman you were always meant to be! He gives you a purpose for living, true contentment, and an abundant life – in this world, and in the world to come. Don’t let anyone fool you.- you are an eternal “soul”. You are not your body – you “have” a body. You are so much more! Why not give Jesus a chance?! Don’t put it off. Allow Him to come into your life and make you “a new creation”! You have nothing to loose everything to gain. Here is a link that can show you how you can invite Jesus into your life and be the creation He has always intended you to be: Take Me to Steps to Peace With God ==> http://www.billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp
Evidence to Believe
… The Truth Will Set Your Free