Reasons for Hope 315

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Why Reasons for Hope 315?

Life can be uncertain.  How do we know what’s really true?  One group says this, another group says that. So what’s a person to believe?  Through this blog and ministry I’m going to be sharing the reasons for the hope that I have in Jesus Christ.

Some people think that Christians believe what they do simply because the Bible says so, and since the Bible says it’s the Word of God, it must be true.  While I do believe the Bible is the Word of God and is true, I don’t think that you should believe that just because it says so.  Ultimately I believe what I do because I have examined the evidence and think there are solid reasons to believe what I do.

It’s because of those reasons that I have hope.  Through this blog I want to share some of that evidence with you.  You can consider it and make up your own mind about it.  I’ll be sharing what I see as the Case for Christianity.

The title for the blog comes from 1 Peter 3:15 which says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”.  That’s what I’m seeking to do.

 

Faith and Evidence

“But what does evidence have to do with faith?”, some of you might be asking.  “Isn’t faith believing in spite of the evidence, or the lack of evidence?  Why do you need evidence?  Shouldn’t you just have faith in God and not need such evidence?”

While that may seem to make sense and while God could have asked for such blind faith, that’s not what I see in the Bible.  I see a God who knows what we’re like as human beings and he’s happy to provide evidence to help us to believe.  What’s more, I see Jesus giving evidence to back up his claims time and time again.

Christianity is an evidential, historic faith built upon a man who lived about 2,000 years ago.  This man claimed to be God, died for our sins, and then backed up his claims by rising again from the dead.  It’s all based on that historic fact.  If that didn’t actually happen, our faith is useless.  The Bible says so (1 Corinthians 15:17).

This is what it says of Jesus after he had risen.  “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”  (Acts 1:3)

Jesus didn’t say to his disciples, “Just believe because I say so.”  He provided them with evidence, many convincing proofs.  Then, having been fully convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead, they went from cowering in a room in fear to going out and making the case for Christianity, often at great personal cost.  And the world was changed by what those eyewitnesses shared.

 

What’s Ahead?

Starting with my next post, in a few days, I’ll begin sharing the case for Christianity.  I hope you’ll join me.  If you’re a Christian I hope to help you to better understand the evidence for our faith.  We should not only know what we believe but why we believe it and be ready to share that with others.   If you’re not a Christian, or aren’t sure what you believe, I invite you to consider the case I will present and render your own verdict.

 I will be posting at least once a week, more often at the start.  If you don’t want to miss any posts you can use the subscribe page or just enter your email address in the subscribe section at the top of the right column.  If you have any questions or comments as we go, please contact me.

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