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. The evidence for the existence of a Creator God, and for the truth of Christianity, is clear and compelling. It includes both “internal evidence” (the moral law inside each of us), as well as “external evidence” (the awesome beauty we behold in the heavens, in biological systems, in archaeology, and in historical documents). God tell us in the Bible “let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18); 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.”
Is there scientific evidence for a Creator God? 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? Has the universe always having existed just as it is today, or was there a singularity or “creation event” 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?
Why is science even possible? Due to the laws that are in place which govern, and provide predictability to the universe. The laws of gravity, of thermodynamics, and so forth. Might these be evidence for a Creator?
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?
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. So what is it 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. In contrast, Jesus Christ said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. He claimed to be the way to live, the embodiment of truth, and the source of everlasting life. The “good news” (the gospel) of Jesus Christ is about 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 we could live in relationship with our loving heavenly Father, the source of all life.
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?
Fact is, Jesus said things and made claims that NO OTHER PERSON IN HISTORY said or did. He performed many miracles to testify to His claims – He healed people everywhere He went, fed thousands, cast out daemons, and rose from the dead. He alone said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. As C.S. Lewis once remarked, He was either a lunatic, a liar, or Lord. Based on the evidence, you must decide which. Most everyone agrees He was not crazy; in fact, He has been described as the sanest person who ever lived. And no one has even accused Him or being a deceiver or liar. Was He, and is He, the Lord, the “Son of God” and “Son of Man”, who He claimed to be?
Isn’t the Bible just like any other “holy book” – for example, the Quran, or the Bagva Gita? Is there any evidence that the Bible reliable and trustworthy? Or is it just a collection of ancient stories and myths, changed and corrupted over the centuries? Is it just another “holy book”, or is it truly God’s Word – 66 books, penned by various authors, over 4,000 years, and they were inspired by God’s Holy Spirit? What is the evidence that the Bible is unique among all the so-called scriptures of the ages?
These are important questions, as many people base their entire lives on the teachings of various “scriptures”. If they are all pretty much the same, then one is as good as another – like flavors of ice cream, so to speak. Pick one that’s right for you. On the other hand, if the Bible truly IS the written word of God – and these other books are just that – other books – then we had better pay special attention to it, and what it has to say to us! Our life may depend on it!
You Were Shaped for a Purpose, and God Has a Plan for You!
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.
The Lord Jesus is 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!
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