The only reason to be a Christian or to trust Christianity as a worldview is…
..if it’s TRUE!
The God of the universe is a ‘reasonable’ God. That means He created EVERYTHING in a manner that can be attested to rationally (i.e. backed up with reasons or evidence), using His life-generating ‘logical’ Word.
In fact, God says in Isaiah 1:18 - “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
So on this Easter Sunday, I want to pass on what I am learning to articulate, 4 simple facts that even agnostic New Testament scholars and quite a few atheists agree on. Where disputes and disagreements lie are in the interpretations of the facts.
Being equipped with ‘just the facts, ma’am’, can give you confidence when you find yourself with someone who doesn’t know the truth about Jesus.
Here is what is past dispute and agreed upon by most reputable scholars, no matter their faith positions:
- Jesus of Nazareth was put to death by crucifixion and laid in a tomb
- The tomb was discovered empty 2 days later
- His disciples believed they had seen the risen, physical Jesus after his death
- These disciples dramatically changed from cowering, demoralized followers to energized, bold and confident men and women who started a world-wide Christian movement that continues to endure and to grow both stronger and more numerous 2000+ years later
The evidence that backs up these facts comes NOT just from the Gospel accounts and letters written by Jesus’ earliest followers, but also from a-sympathetic historians, (that is to say, from those who didn’t have a dog in the race!)
To give you further confidence when sharing these 4 simple and incontrovertible facts, you only need to know ONE thing more. Claims are most solid when they can be falsified.
So what would quickly falsify Christianity?
Produce the body!
That’s all it would take to disprove and shut down the claims of these followers. And you had better believe it, that the Romans AND the Jewish leaders did all they could to find the dead Galilean.
So as you celebrate and think about the living Savior, be confident, that you can trust the claims of the Bible. Jesus IS (present tense) the truth, the light and the life.