A man of subtle reasoning ask’d
A peasant, if he knew
Where was the internal evidence
That proved the Bible true?
The terms of disputative art
Had never reach’d his ear ;
He laid his hand upon his heart,
And only answered, ” Here.” –Author Unknown
Some say my faith is no more than an illusion, and insist there is absolutely no scientific basis for it. Others claim that Jesus never existed, that he is no more than a myth. It’s all a fabrication.
If that is the case, I have a lot of questions…
How is it that this “illusion” has turned my life around? (And the lives of millions.) How in the world does it empower me to live with hope, to experience deep joy, and to walk through life with purpose and a song in my heart? How is it that the deeper I go into this “illusion” the richer my life becomes?
If Christ never existed, why do I find such satisfaction in prayer and praise? In studying His Word? Where does this power come from that helps me to love my enemies, to choose right over wrong, to forgive 70 x 7, to have a heart full of gratitude, to smile at storms, to keep getting up when I stumble, and to face death with confidence?
If this is all an illusion—what a fabulous illusion!
I think I’ll stick with it.
It sure beats anything I had when I tried to live life without Jesus.
I was a non-Christian until the age of thirty-five. I was often frustrated by the few Christians I knew on the police department because they weren’t able to respond evidentially to my skeptical (and often sarcastic) objections. I thought, “How can these folks who seem to have such high regard for evidence in their professional life, believe something about God for which they have no evidence at all?” I was similar to other atheists I knew at the time. I didn’t think there was any good evidence to support the claims of Christianity. The more I learned about the nature of evidence generally, and the more I learned about the evidence for Christianity specifically, the more convinced I became that the claims of the Gospels were true.
Christian faith is not a shot in the dark. It is trust in a God who revealed Himself in Jesus of Nazareth. It is belief in the invisible God who became visible when He came to this world and lived among us for 33 years. Christian faith is not mystical speculation, wishful thinking, assent to irrational notions, nor is directed into empty space. It rests upon the concrete historical revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus.
His life is without comparison. No one was born as He was born, no one spoke as He spoke, no one did what He did, and no one died as He died. He was sentenced unjustly, lashed with a whip, showered with spit, nailed to a cross, and He died pronouncing forgiveness on us all.
It is impossible to argue with such goodness.
It is blindness to dismiss such beauty.
Who but God could be the explanation for such a life?
When one is confronted by the overwhelming awesomeness of Jesus Christ, faith ceases to be a blind leap. It becomes the most reasonable and sensible thing to do. If you cannot trust someone who gave His life for you, who could you possibly trust?
Perhaps the most irrational decision of all is NOT to believe in Him.
Scientific truth is characterized by its precision and the certainty of its predictions. But science achieves these admirable qualities at the cost of remaining on the level of secondary concerns, leaving ultimate and decisive questions untouched. –José Ortega y Gasset