Howdy. I’m back, and I’m going to start writing on a more consistent basis. But as I’ve been working through ideas for what I want to work through I keep coming back to one thing. Why Christianity? So as I begin this new season of blogging, I’ve decided to start by addressing that question.
When I talk about God, I’m referring to the God of Christianity. That should be readily apparent from the name of this blog. Regardless, some might find this objectionable. So I’d like to put forth a few reasons for why I’m a Christian.
It’s falsifiable. Put simply, it’s theoretically possible to prove it wrong. The Apostle Paul hinges the entire truth of Christianity on the historical truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, if you find my choice of Christianity distasteful, then you should go about disproving the resurrection. If you can succeed, then Christianity fails. That’s actually in the Bible. Read 1st Corinthians, specifically chapter 15. So if you want to take out Christianity, do your homework. I suggest starting with the work of J. Warner Wallace, and then perhaps the work of Dr. William Lane Craig, then finally concluding with the work of Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. Michael Licona. If you can put together a solid case against the resurrection…then you can basically cripple Christianity. Conversely, if you can’t…well then you need to spend some serious time thinking about the significance of Jesus Christ raising from the dead. If you have reason to believe that it happened, then you have reason to believe that Christianity is true.
I can also tell you about all the times that I’ve seen God work in my life. I can tell you about miraculous healing (both physical and emotional). I can tell you about supernatural occurrences that are really hard to explain apart from the existence of God. But maybe I’m lying. My experiences aren’t necessarily persuasive for you.
That’s why 1st Corinthians 15 is so important. The resurrection is the lynchpin of the entire gospel. It should be incredibly important to us. It should be incredibly practical.* At the end of the day, it is why we should all be Christians. If Christ is not raised, then we are the most pitied among all humanity. But if he has been raised, then that confirms his preaching. That confirms his revelation to us. And it also confirms the security of our existence. Because he lives, I can face tomorrow. Because he lives, every fear is gone. I’m a Christian because he lives.
*I’ve written about this before here, if you’re curious.