Faith and Questions

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Faith and Questions

People come to faith in different ways.  I had grown up going to church but by my early teens I didn’t really see what it had to do with me.  It was just that boring thing you had to do on Sunday mornings.  I’m a geek and was into science and scifi and I figured that science would explain it all.  I didn’t really know if I believed in God at all anymore.  At the same time I didn’t really see a purpose for my life and it was pretty empty.

Suddenly it Made Sense

Then when I was a sophomore in high school I went to an event where the speaker explained what Christianity was really all about.  It wasn’t just some list of do’s and don’ts. He explained that God loved me and wanted to know me personally.  And though my sins (something I wouldn’t deny having) separated me from Him, God came to earth as a man, in Jesus Christ, and he died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins.  He did that  so I could be forgiven and have a personal relationship with him.

Suddenly the light bulb came on.  That’s why he died!  I had seen the cross at the front of the church my whole life but for the first time I understood why he came and why he died on it.

What’s more, he was alive again and wanted to know me!  It made sense and I prayed to receive Christ as my savior that night and my life has never been the same since.  I now had hope and a purpose.

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But while what I heard was enough for me and moved me that night, I would come to have more questions.  How did I know this was really true?  Yes, it moved me and met a need but a lot of people have heard different religious messages and have been moved and have felt a need met.  So how do I know Christianity is true?  Islam presents a different way to God, as does Judaism, Hinduism and others.  For that matter, how do I know for sure there really is a God?

 It’s not enough that what I believe makes me feel good.  Is it true?  Because if it isn’t true, what good is it going to do me in the end?  And so I needed to examine the evidence.  Would Christianity stand up to examination?

 If you’re a Christian maybe you’ve had some of the same questions.  If you don’t happen to feel a need to examine your faith in this way, you should at least know that a lot of the people around you, that you want to share with, will have these kinds of questions.  They are looking  for satisfying answers to their questions.

Jesus and Evidence

Thankfully, from what I see in the Bible, Jesus is quite open to people examining the evidence for his claims.  He knows that most of us have a need to do so and he was happy to provide such evidence.

As Jesus went on through his ministry he became more and more clear in his claims to be God.  He even made the bold claim to be the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).  But Jesus knew that these claims were big and he didn’t just expect people to believe them just because he said so.  He provided evidence.

Jesus’ miracles backed up his claims.  He did things only God could do (healing diseases, giving sight to blind, enabling the lame to walk).  Further, Jesus appealed to people to believe on the basis of the evidence.  He said,

“Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.  But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:37-38)

His miracles backed up his claims and then he died on the cross and after that provided the clearest evidence of all that he really is God.  He rose again from the dead and appeared to and convinced many people that he was alive again (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

Having been convinced, the Apostle Peter faced the crowd in Jerusalem after this all took place and said,

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” (Acts 2:22-24)

Acts 17:31 says that God proved to the world who Jesus is by raising him from the dead.

God understand our questions and He welcomes them.  He isn’t threatened by them because Christianity stands up to examination.

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