A Manifesto for Christianity
The very nature of truth carries exclusivity. Two opposing statements cannot both be true. Either the Earth is round or it is flat, a person is either guilty or innocent, either God exists or He does not.
If you hold to the latter, that there is no God, no designer, no creator, then you are bound to nothing. We are but specs of dust on an insignificant planet surrounded by the immensity of space. We are beholden to no moral code or ethical good but what we decide. Seek pleasure, seek fame or fortune, seek only what makes you happy for the brief moment of existence you have, because it will be gone in an instant.
But if the opposite is true, if God does exist, the ramifications are vast. I believe that the beginning of time and space, the fine-tuning of this Universe for life, the argument for objective morality, and the problem of evil infer an all-powerful, timeless, personal Creator. We are here, we are conscious beings, we understand there is an objective right and wrong, and the improbability of a life-permitting world all point toward the existence of God.
So what God should we follow? Which of the many world religions are right? Contrary to the popular slogan, COEXIST, all religions cannot simultaneously be true. If Islam is true, claiming any other god beside Allah is blasphemous, including Jesus. If Hinduism is true, we die only to live again, hoping to do enough good that we reincarnate in a higher form than before. If Christianity is true, Jesus claims "No one comes to (God) the Father except through me," meaning every other religion is false.
To decide, we must look at the veracity of each religion, their sacred texts, historical accuracy, and seek truth with as little bias as possible. Begin this process and you will see no other holy book makes prophetic claims that come to pass, no other teaching is based on grace apart from works, no other religious figure died for His followers and then rose from the dead, none other than Jesus Christ.
No collection of works is so historically accurate, archaeologically confirmed, and divinely inspired as the Bible. No document is as validated by outside sources as the Bible. No book as consistent, written across 1,500 years, by over 40 authors in 66 documents, as the Bible.
The Bible is authoritative and has stood the test of time.
So if we are to believe the Bible is true and accurate, that Christianity stands alone among world religions, that the person of Jesus really lived, died, and rose from the dead, what then does that mean for us?
We cannot hide under the guise that we exist by accident. We cannot pretend to dictate morality by popular vote. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ.
But the world protests the idea of only one way, reasoning that no one should be sentenced to eternal pain. Yet, instead of complaining, let us rejoice that there is at least A WAY, the path is knowable, and most astonishing of all, the omnipotent Creator seeks after us!
I am not asking you to lay aside skepticism or doubt. Embrace it, but not with complacency. Let your questioning drive you to follow the evidence where it leads. Read the science, challenge belief, gather facts from all sides, and I pray you reach a confidence in knowing that truth exists, and His name is Jesus.