A Christian's Home

In the dark? Look for The Son

Not sure if you think this Christianity thing is real or not? I hope you take a few minutes to read through this list of arguments.  It is my prayer that this piece gives you a better understanding why faith in Jesus Christ is so important, real, and honestly easy to grasp once some issues are laid out.

 

Argument One

The Bible is just a book of old, moral stories. Jesus Christ was just a man. He lived and died. Science proves the nonexistence of God.

Reply

If the Gospels were written by men that just wanted to have the Jesus legend remembered, why would all the doubters and unbelievers be mentioned? Why would opposition toward Christ be presented?  This book ha been translated from Hebrew to Greek to every other language known to man. The facts are these: The continuity between the timelines between the events that occurred in what we call the Old Testament and New cannot be disputed. All of the prophecies that were recorded by the prophets of old concerning the virgin birth, life, death and return of Christ came to pass as true in the new. There is no way at all in this world that all of the old prophecies could have been recorded and saved all those years just to have some come to pass as truth by coincidence. So you may be thinking how can I believe the book? Let us briefly look as a disciple turned apostle named Thomas. Thomas had heard the news that Jesus was alive after the crucifixion. Thomas had traveled with Christ, had eaten at the Last Supper, and still did not believe. He said, he would only believe if he could see and feel the nail scarred hands, the wounds Christ suffered.  Knowing all this, Christ appeared to Thomas and said to him, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe

Evangelical Christians believe the following:

1.The Holy Bible is God's Word. The inspiration of scripture is from God Almighty. It was written by men, but given to them by His Holiness, the Living God. His Word is true.     

 

 2.   Christ was born from a virgin named Mary.

 

3. Jesus Christ was a flesh and blood man, but at the same time He was and IS FULLY GOD.

 

4. The Lord God Jesus Christ, at the  +(cross), paid our sin debt SO WE CAN SPEND ETERNITY with GOD THE FATHER.

 

5. The Lord God Jesus Christ, after paying our debt, being our sacrifice, died, but rose from death and the grave on the third day!

 

6. The Lord God Jesus Christ will return for His children.    

 

     Argument Two

I am not a sinner! I haven’t killed anyone or cheated or beat my kids or whatever… What’s this Holy Spirit business?  God loves all of us!

Reply

         I will not waste your time by trying to answer your questions with my own knowledge or words. As an evangelical Christian, I will always refer to the Holy Bible as my anchor.  We are taught in scripture that all fall short of God. Regardless of how good a person you are, all of us cannot measure up to the goodness of Jesus. So by judging ourselves by Jesus' standards, we cannot come close to goodness naturally. Moses is credited for the 10 Commandments with folks forgetting that God directly spoke them to him.  If we judge ourselves by the top 10 (Commandments), we will see in solid detail that we are sinners. People like to say, "Well, I'm a good person. I don't steal from work," or "I don't cheat," but what happens If we break the commandment about honoring our mom and dad? What if we lie about something? Jesus taught that if you break one, you break them all!

 

       WHAT?  You mean if I steal a piece of candy, I’m the same as a murderer?

       Jesus said, Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

       So what? I don’t believe in this Jesus stuff!

        In the book of James, it is written that even the demons know the One God (Jesus) and they shudder.  All of the world’s religions even Islam acknowledges the existence of a teacher named Jesus. The existence of Jesus cannot be denied, but His being God is by so many. He is real. His instruction book if you will, is for all people to know Him. Scripture tells that on the last day, Judgment Day, everyone will proclaim Christ as Lord. But for so many that day will be too late.

       The resurrected Christ told his believers that they would be empowered by the Holy Spirit also called the Great Comforter. When we realize our need for Christ, we repent, we turn from our sin, which means we stop doing the thing that we know is a sin. We ask Christ to save us. The Holy Spirit of God fills us and we feel Jesus in our lives every day.  We must not be like the demons and just know God, we must believe in Jesus. We walk with Him daily, grow in His Word, we must have a real relationship with Him.  We must believe He died for our sins and rose again on the third day defeating hell, death, and the grave.

 

Argument Three x 2

    Why would God send His children to Hell? God made us right? There cannot be just one way to Heaven! Forget it! There ain't no Heaven!

     First of all, God made everyone. He made you, your loved ones, the murderer on death row, the sex offender down the street, everyone. We are not children of God just because God created us. There are numerous scriptures that tell us this, but I really like John 1:12-13.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The moment we repent and cry out to Jesus to save us, we are sealed by His blood, made righteous in the eyes of God the Father, and have our eternity settled. We are then and only then true children of THE lIVING GOD.

Hell. We use that word to describe pain, visits from family, our jobs, and many other things in this life. People say God loves all and won’t send so and so to hell. Again, let us look to God's Word. Look here: 2 Peter 2:4-10

4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.

 

Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one goes to God except through the grace of Christ.

    How do I address those of you who do not believe anything? You think when you die, that's it, game over. The Bible, God's Word, says that the fool in his heart says there is no God. Only the truly arrogant deny the existence of His majesty. You never find an atheist as a tornado survivor. IT'S UNIQUE IS IT NOT, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CRY OUT TO JESUS IN THE MIDST OF TRIALS AND PROBLEMS?

    Ask yourself now as we are on page three, what happens if you die within the next few breaths? If you are right, your God is merciful enough to let you in Heaven because you are a good person that has done enough good, Jesus’ death really meant nothing, and two thousand years' worth of believers have also died some very violent deaths for a lie. Maybe there’s nothing. When you die, the maggots feast on your flesh, and no more. Yet, what if everything I’ve written about right here is true? Do you truly have enough confidence in your own knowledge to deny the existence of Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind? He said He was the ONLY WAY to God the Father. Please read my testimony for further study. If it does not show up on your screen, highlight the entire page. It’s there. I pray this has in some way been a blessing to you.