I had some feedback awhile ago, and the email contained a question about evidence. What evidence is out there that someone can read or know that would support that idea that Christianity is “it?” Meaning, evidence that supports the idea that Christianity is true. Obviously, for this site, find the “apologetics” link off to the side, and you can review what I’ve posted so far in that section. I always welcome questions, so if there is something you’d like me to covers, feel free to comment.
First, I have to make a couple of things clear. Christianity’s job, as a religion, is to point to Christ. Christianity is only true because it is based on Truth, and Christ is Truth. Religion doesn’t save you; Jesus does. So, anything and everything that is presented as evidence ultimately points to Christ. Anyone who wants to understand Christians should learn of Christ, and further, He invites everyone to do just that. The sign we are promised is the sign of Jonah, in Christian terms, it is Jesus Christ and His resurrection.
If non-believers (and even believers) would keep that fact in mind, a lot less confusion would occur in my opinion. One of the things that can contribute keeping non-believers in a state of non-belief is their cries of “hypocrisy!” when it comes to Christians. Well, sorry, Christians solid in their faith will admit we are nothing but a bunch of sinners who slip and stumble and fall…but we have a Shepherd that forgives us, and picks us again. It’s the Shepherd you need to be examining, not the flock. Look to Christ; He’d the only human who lived a perfect life, and who is not a hypocrite, including everyone reading this (that includes me in case anyone was wondering).
This same idea hold true for anyone who has either been hurt by a certain church, or another person claiming to be a believer. Unfortunately not everyone who claims to be Christian is, and again, even those that are can and do slip and fall and sin. Mere humans will disappoint, there is no doubt about it, but Christ never will.
So, that’s issue number one; Christ. Who do you say that He is? If you are one of those people who tries to convince themselves that Christ never even existed, well, you have to be honest enough to really, truly look at the evidence of His existence (just as in introduction, Tektonics has an article discussing this idea of the Christ-myth). If you are one of those people who tries to paint Christ as a good and wise teacher, you have to be honest enough to admit that He didn’t leave that option without you also believing His other teachings; that He’s “it,” and there’s something wrong with the world and all of us that only He can fix. One good source for this idea, including the evidence for the resurrection can be found here: The Resurrection by Dr. Gene Scott.
Second, we have the Bible. Before anyone jumps on me about “circular logic” and using the Bible to prove the Bible, please read my post on Biblical Reliability. In that post you will find other links, and also different books you can research. There are many reasons why you can trust the Bible, take some time to study them; historical reliability, archaeological reliability, prophetic reliability, its internally consistent, etc… This is were evidence for Christ, and evidence for the Bible intersect, for example; all the Messianic prophecies that are contained within the Bible, and Jesus fulfillment of a substantial number, and His future fulfillment of the rest. Fulfilled prophecy in other areas is also very interesting and enlightening to study.
There are also personal evidences. I don’t go into them very much on my site, or on other forums because most non-believers want “external” evidences, or claim they do at least. Evidence that can be researched by them that is more “objective.” However, the transforming power of Christ, and the Holy Spirit in our lives is some of the dearest evidences we Christians have, and are usually happy to share when asked. I know that for me, my life would look and be totally different without Christ and the Holy Spirit interceding for me, guiding me, etc…
Which brings me to my last point in this particular post; no amount of evidence in the world, from fulfilled prophecy, to archaeological and historical evidences will sway you if you are not willing to have your heart softened. All of creation screams out that there is a Creator behind it all…and yet, some people don’t like to retain God in their knowledge. Looking into all of this is not time to cop an attitude, this kind of thing requires great thought, and a willingness to admit when one has been wrong. Discussions happen between people, and it’s so much easier to cling onto a set of beliefs when you are dialoguing…but this type of research into the very truth of our world is something to be done soberly, and with true searching. You don’t constantly have to talk to another human about it, but it’d be nice if you’d talk to Him about it, and ask Him to help believe in Him if He’s really there, ask Him for His grace; don’t do it on a website, don’t do it to try to prove a point, don’t do it to mock…go somewhere by yourself, be honest, and simply ask for help to believe in Him.
Recently I had the honor to “witness” an agnostic finally connect with God. She said it wasn’t any one thing anyone had said to her, but rather, she woke up one night, and just knew. After that realization that there was a God, and Jesus was Who He claimed to be, everything everyone had told her all fell into place and it all made sense, it all clicked; the Gospel message, all the apologetics, etc… Seek Him diligently and honestly, you won’t be disappointed.