COURAGE QUEST DEVOS
I felt challenged to see if I could make a list of 100 reasons why I am convinced that Christianity is true. I was surprised when I actually had to cut reasons off the list. If you dive into the list please note that I am not claiming to be a scholar, a historian, a scientist, or an archeologist. I’m just passing on some of the things that I have studied and experienced on my quest for truth. If this list seems over simplified to you, then I reached my goal. I’m a keep-it-simple-guy. I don’t think truth is something that is only reserved for the scholarly elite, but rather something that should be understood and obtainable by all walks of life.
Please note the following before diving in.
Here are the 100 reasons why I am personally fully convinced that Christianity is true:
May those that are seeking truth find it and stand firm. This is probably the longest blog entry that I will ever write. I will continue to fine-tune it as time allows. Feel free to leave a comment why you are FULLY CONVINCED of the truth you have found.
For more evidence from ministries go to: www.answersingenesis.org/answers/
When I was in my early 20s I went through a crises of doubting my faith. I wasn’t doubting that I was a Christian – I was doubting that what I actually believed was real. Was God really out there? If he was then was my religion really the right one? I had grown up in a Christian home and been a part of church since I was a toddler. It has all that I had ever known. I transitioned to a Christian college and once again I was continuously surrounded by Christians. I began to wonder why my faith was the right faith? Was I just one of the lucky ones to hear about Jesus since and early age. I am amazed now looking back how much that season of life actually matured my faith. As I sought out answers to numerous questions, I ultimately came out of it stronger with a more solidified faith. Many questions still filter through my ADD mind at times which I will randomly tackle here on this blog under the ‘Destroying Doubt’ category.
Here are four proofs that I found in my early years that helped solidify my faith. They are oldies, but goodies. I call these four proofs my iPOD to make them easier to remember.
I– Intelligent Design (Proof of the Creator)
When I take time to stop and smell the roses I find it hard not to discover the effects of a designer far greater than myself. The examples of design are all around us and it doesn’t take long to see it if you look for it. You can find it in nature, in our own bodies, and beyond our galaxy. Here are a couple examples:
P– Prophecies of Christ (Proof that Jesus is Lord)
There are over 300 prophecies of Christ in the Bible that came to fruition through his birth (Micah 5:2), life (Isaiah 35:5-6;61:1), death (Daniel 9:26,27; Psalms 22:16), resurrection (Isaiah 53:10). According to Peter W. Stoner, a mathematician, the likelihood of only eight prophecies coming true would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Which would be the same likelihood of filling Texas 2 feet deep with 1/2 dollars, painting one red, and asking a blindfolded man to find it.
If you are struggling with knowing which faith is right then I would recommend studying the life of Jesus. Its widely known from a variety of sources that he existed. His life was so significant that the world keeps track of our calendar years according to when he was born is just hard to overlook.
O– Oneness of the Bible (Proof of the Bible)
The Bible should be the most screwed up collage of literature on the planet. Think about it. It was written by over 40 authors, over 15 centuries, on 3 continents, and in 3 languages. The men behind the ink ranked from Kings to fisherman to inmates to prophets to tax collectors. Any spiritual book aiming to guide people with that many faucets would be doomed to failure. There would just be too many opinions and contradictions to make sense of it…unless it actually is divinely inspired. Thats what makes the Bible amazing. It is unified in its story, theology, and God’s redemptive mission. Its divine inspiration is evident.
D– Death of the Disciples (Proof of the Ressurection)
It’s widely known that eleven of the disciples died horrific deaths because they claimed that Jesus was not only the savior of the wold, but also that he had rose from the dead. To take it a step further they claimed that they had conversed with his resurrected body and even saw him ascend into the sky. That’s a story that sounds so fairytale-like that if I were a disciple I wouldn’t have mentioned it to anyone, unless I knew… that I knew…that I knew… that it was true. It would have been utterly ridiculous for them to choose to die torturous deaths for something that “out there” unless they themselves were fully convinced. The fact that they died for their claims is remarkable evidence that Jesus really was who he said he was.
I was amazed a month ago when I gazed into the sky in Colorado and saw what appeared to be the brightest star I had ever seen in the sky. I had studied astronomy enough to know that it was not a star but a couple of planets (Jupiter and Venus) that were nearly interesting each other.
The intersection of Venus and Jupiter is a very rare occurrence and many believe that this is the Bethlehem star that the wise men followed years ago. There are nine characteristics of the star of Bethlehem in scripture.
You can learn how all nine of these characteristics actually played out in this documentary on this website. Its bound to make you think and its amazing that there is still evidence of a Bethlehem star available for everyone to see today.
Caleb Bislow the author of Dangerous and founder of Unusual Soldiers.