In a spiritual world of quick fixes and vague emotion, is it crazy to believe there is still a place for insights based on simple, basic, theological understanding. I believe it is worth exploring.
The Christ of History
is based around a series of historical events. It is not just an
abstract philosophy. Though it has deep implications for our
understanding of the universe. It is not just a system of ethics. Though
it has profound effects on the way we behave. It is not just a mystical
experience. Though it forms a basis for experiencing that presence of
God in our lives. It is the message of how God invaded history, became a
human being, lived a human life marked with profound teaching and
supernatural events, died a criminal's death to paid the penalty for our
sins, and rose again the third day. The question is, Is this
believable? Now no one comes to God without the Spirit of God working in
their lives (John 6:44; 15:5; Acts 13:48). But it is useful to look at
1. The first question we need to ask
before we can evaluate this is whether there is such a thing as truth.
If there is not, then nothing makes any sense. (see), (see), and (see).
We also need to ask if science somehow precludes the idea of
supernatural intervention. But this is simply an assumption without
foundation. (see), (see), and (see).
Then we need to ask whether the records upon which the Christian faith
is based are reliable or whether they have been corrupted over time.
The actual evidence, apart from speculation, is in their favor. (see), (see), and (see).
Also, we have to deal with the idea that someone deliberately altered
what Christianity is. And this does not stand up to examination. (see), (see), and (see).
Further, the idea that Christianity grew up slowly over time or changed
from its original set of beliefs does not fit the facts or the context
it appeared in. (see), (see), and (see).
6. We are then faced with dealing with the reliability of the accounts and what they maintain. (see), (see), and (see).
While those who refuse to even consider such possibilities will not be
convinced, I conclude there is a real basis for the Christian faith.
we are left face to face with the person of Christ and must ask who we
believe He is (Matthew 16:15). How we answer that is the basis for
deciding the truth of Christianity. How do you answer this question?