When I went to college I became cynical of the Christian faith. I learned that many Christians don’t have the slightest idea why they believe...or they believe you have to check your brain at the door when you enter a church. I became atheistic, and could rationalize away someone’s faith at the drop of a hat. That was, until my own life fell apart, and at the same time I heard prophecy - someone spoke something from the Lord that absolutely no one else knew. You know, if you think about it, our selfish regard for our own importance begins to crumble the minute we realize that God does exist. Shortly after, I dedicated my life to Christ following the steps outlined in the gospel of John.
I understand that we do not have to show a “blind” faith. The factual and deductive evidence is overwhelming and stands on its own merits.
· Consider the very existence of the Bible - no other book has been the target of such a concerted effort to disprove the writing. Yet, here it stands today with undisputed archeological evidence proving the accurate of the content down through the ages.
· Consider the accuracy of the information in the book. It’s one thing to predict, "there may be rain on a Tuesday in 1998." You’d probably be OK on at least one Tuesday. But to predict, "There will be a virgin birth, the son of God, whose name will be Jesus. He’ll be born in the small town of Bethlehem, and he’ll live in Nazareth and be the son of a carpenter. He’ll be crucified on the cross and will come back to life in three days." Well, that’d take a bit to complete. But that’s exactly what happened! How about, "The Roman Empire will become very large, and will fall not by conquest but by division and internal decay, with four sections…" and naming the sections. That was written 400 years or so BEFORE the Roman Empire even existed.
· Consider the history and preservation of the Israeli people. In the Bible, the Lord God makes a covenant relationship with the nation of Israel. He refers to Israel as "My Children", and promises to regard them as His own nation forever. How many OTHER nations from that period of time have been preserved as an identifiable unit? Do you have any Meades, or Mesopatanians in your neighborhood? No other identifiable race of people remains even after a few hundred years in history…yet the Nation of Israel is still here, identified, and FOLLOWING PRECISELY THE PROPHESIES ON THEIR FUTURE! Who in the 30’s would have guessed that Israel would again become a geographical nation? Yet it fulfilled prophesy.
· Consider the prophesy for today as to where the word is headed, and what political and economic events will play into OUR future. It is not a stretch of reason to read about the increased frequency of earthquakes and natural disasters, or about the economic controls which will be available to the antichrist when he is invited to take control of the world’s governments.
Although real, evidence of the truth of Christianity is not the point here. I can report to you that Jesus is real- because I have seen His work in my life and I have felt his arms around me - the depth of love so great that it went forever! I have seen the Holy Spirit’s power in miracles, and I have received answers to questions and prayers that only God could have provided. I have seen changes in my life only He could have made!
I would urge you not to be afraid of learning the truth - and that includes learning the truth about God. God does exist. His son, Jesus, died on the cross for our sins and rose again to life - His appearance after his death witnessed by over 500 people. Accept the fact that you and I are born into a world of sin. Accept the Bible report that we have eternity either to live either with God, or totally separated from Him. Jesus spoke to the disciples that He was the ONLY way to the Father - and we have but one choice: to confess our sin, ask for forgiveness and confess our salvation to those around us. It’s a simple step. What follows in your life may NOT be simple- but it will be satisfying, worthwhile, and absolutely wonderful!