If you ask my husband, he would more than likely say that the concept of true apologetics probably doesn't exist inside my body, because I cannot separate out my emotions from any aspect of my life, which is generally true about me. However, if there was any one thing in my life I could step back from and look at with a semblance of rationality, my faith in God is definitely that one thing.
Don't get me wrong, I can be very emotional about God, but I don't find myself getting hot and bothered by people who attack or deny Him. I will explain more about that over the next couple of weeks, as I offer a few ideas regarding the Truth about who Jesus of Nazareth really was. I challenge you to pick a question or two and comment, no matter if you are a long-time believer, an atheist or a person with another, firmly held, religious philosophy, I would love to hear your thoughts. Without further ado... I give you my first week...
What are your earliest memories of church? Take a moment and think about it. For some of you, it might be that you never went to church because you have another faith, for others, you may have gone with Grandparents or relatives a few times a year. Others might have years of experience going to church. What do you remember?
The book I will be using as a jumping-off point is a great book written by a guy named Lee Strobel. It's called "The Case for Christ". Lee was an Atheist and investigative reporter whose wife became a Christian. Fearful of his wife getting all "religious" on him, he set out to disprove the tenets of the Christian faith. The detail and exhaustive research this guy did is really quite impressive.
“If you were selected for a jury in a real trial, you would be asked to affirm up front that you haven’t formed any preconceptions about the case. You would be required to vow that you would be open minded and fair, drawing you conclusions based on the weight of the facts and not on your whims or prejudices. You would be urged to thoughtfully consider the credibility of the witnesses, carefully sift the testimony, and rigorously subject the evidence to your common sense and logic.” Lee Strobel
Are you in a place where you would be willing to look at the facts of this case? Would you be willing to even consider that Jesus was who He said He was? While still an atheist, Lee’s initial conclusion was this: If Christianity is true, it has huge implications for one’s life. What do you think he meant by this statement?
- What best represents your current position regarding what you believe about Jesus Christ?
- What are your biggest questions or objections regarding Jesus Christ or the Christian faith?
- What level of confidence do you have that Jesus is an actual historical figure?
- How possible is it for us to know if Jesus was, in fact, divine?
Romans 3:21-26 The Message paraphrase:
“But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we've compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us.
Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it's now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.”
This is a passage is a pretty concise description of what Christians believe. It covers sin, faith and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. How much thought have you given to what the Bible says about Christ?
As for me, my confidence in the reality of God is a huge part of what defines me. If it turned out to all be false or made up, I am pretty sure I would find myself in a deep, dark depression, because for me, Christianity and more importantly, my relationship with Christ, fills my life with such peace and hope, without it, I would be quite empty.
What about YOU?