Posts Tagged ‘belief’

Reasons to Believe Jesus

October 23, 2015

There are at least 5 reasons to believe Jesus.  Here they are–in no particular order.

  1.  Scientifically.  Jesus talked about the Creation many times.  There is a creator.  If you have intricate design and purpose, you have a designer and a creator.  It is just not possible to get from amino acids to even the simplest cell.  To get to the simplest protein we know of, you have to have the right DNA combination.  The chances of getting that are 10×10 to the 77th power.  All the rest of the combinations won’t work.  That makes chance mutation, over and over, mathematically impossible, and this chance mutation is the basis for evolution.
  2. Historically.  The resurrection is one of the best testified events in history.  All history is based on the testimony of reliable witnesses.  The witnesses to the resurrection wouldn’t recant their testimony even under pain of death.  All but one of the apostles died for their witness.  Only John did not, and he was persecuted, imprisoned and exiled.  People will die for what they believe is the truth, they will not die for what they know is a lie. And the tomb was empty.  If there had been a body, somebody would have produced it.  As for the theory he really didn’t die–no one survived a Roman crucifixion.  Their job was to see their convicts died.
  3. Change in the apostles.  The changed lives of the apostles are a testimony that something happened.  They never portrayed themselves as heroes.  They all abandoned Jesus at his arrest.  Yet, after seeing the risen Jesus and receiving the Spirit, they became bold witnesses who traveled all over spreading the news of Jesus resurrection and his teaching.
  4. Prophetically.  Jesus fulfilled 317 prophecies about himself that were written in the old testament more than 400 years before his birth.  No one could do that on their own.  You can’t control how you will be born or die.
  5. Practically.  Look at the changed lives of people today, whose path has been turned around completely when they asked Jesus to come into their lives.  So many of them have experienced things they can’t explain and they will tell you they didn’t make it on their own.

This may not be enough reasons for everyone.  Nothing can be proved beyond the shadow of a doubt.  Thats why in a court of law, proof must be based on  the “beyond a reasonable doubt” premise or the “preponderance of the evidence” method, depending on how the applicable law is written.

“”God always gives enough light for those who believe and enough shadows for those who doubt.”  Pascal

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Why Be a Christian?

April 8, 2008

 

Christians are hard pressed to come up with selfish motives for being followers of Christ.  We serve a God who is not a genie.  He doesn’t serve us; we serve Him.  We trust Him with our lives, but as He says, our thoughts are not His thoughts and our ways are not His ways. What He calls good is not always what we would choose for ourselves.   He is the God who says we are to leave everything and follow Him, carrying our cross—the instrument of death.  We are to die to ourselves and live for Him.  We are subject to Him.  In short, He is not the kind of God we would invent for ourselves, if that were what we were actually doing.

 

We trust Christ’s promises for the next life—but that trust certainly involves risk, as the future is unknown to our senses.  We surely have to examine the evidence and believe Jesus is truly God, based on that evidence, for we are risking everything.  Ironically, those who have chosen to truly follow Jesus (not all who call themselves Christians have a personal knowledge of or commitment to Jesus) are the happiest people on earth.  The other irony is:  we don’t choose Him as much as He chooses us.  We can’t draw near Him without His drawing near to us.  Our faith is confirmed—sometimes nearly immediately, by the subsequent experience of His presence in our lives.

Intelligent Design?

March 28, 2008

I’ve been studying the logic of the atheistic scientists who scoff at Intelligent Design.  If they are right, and you can’t infer a designer simply because something seems to have a design, then how can we so easily accept that Stonehenge was formed by some ancient civilization.  There’s certainly nothing to point to that.  There is no history, no evidence of the civilization, and it seems that to infer it was formed by humans is all based on the fact that it aligns with the sun at the solstice.  Isn’t that an argument based on design?  Why not just be strictly scientific and theorize natural causes such as movement by glaciers during the Ice Age, or that specific types of rocks arose in certain places during earth upheavals?  Why go to the extreme of theorizing about how men moved the rocks, etc, and were knowledgeable about astronomy?  Isn’t that delving into irrational belief, based on the evidence we have?

Michelle

God Has His Ways of Getting Our Attention

March 28, 2008
Check out these photos and read the caption under the first one before going to the bottom one.


Look Look at the picture above and you can see where this guy broke through the guardrail, See the right side where the people are standing on the road (pointing). The pick-up was traveling from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail. It flipped end-over-end, across the culvert outlet, and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which he was traveling.
Now look at the 2nd picture below…
If If this guy didn’t believe in God before, do you suppose he believes now ?

Also, I wonder if all our lives are like the second picture, when looked at from Heaven?
Michelle