Years ago, I felt challenged to see if I could compile 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. This specific list consist of over 50 of those reasons. The remaining 50+ on my list primarily focus on reasons why I am convinced there is a Creator. I plan to post that list in the future …or add it to this one after it is edited.
If you dive into this 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 helped deepen my faith over the years. 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 consider the following statements before diving in.
If you notice some of these facts/quotes appear to be inaccurate or out of context please feel free to let me know in the comments below and I will do further research.
If you are a Christian and see this list as too simplistic then please feel free to leave a comment stating your best evidence of the faith.
If you are a person from another religion, a skeptic, or an atheist. Please know that this list is not mean’t to attack you. I’m just shedding light on some reasons why I am personally convinced Christianity is true. I’m sure that you do the same thing about your beliefs and I welcome your comments below.
If you are personally searching for truth or a Christian struggling with doubt then I pray this list will help you realize that following Christ is not a blind leap of faith.
I realize that some who read this list have been hurt or offended by Christians or a church. I would agree with you that churches have made mistakes and that no Christian is perfect, however please don't let your pain from the past keep you from considering the genuine truth and love that can be found in Jesus.
If you are simply a hater (on either side of the fence) wanting to pick a fight then I would recommend going to the mall next Christmas and asking Santa for a hug. I hear that he is a nice guy. Comments spoken in a hateful manner may be deleted.
The following lists share why I am convinced that Christianity is true.
THE BIBLE IS NO ORDINARY BOOK
“The Word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” Charles Spurgeon
Best selling book of all time. If design and evidence of creation is unsettling to you then begin to explore the validity of the Bible. There is overwhelming evidence that the Bible is more than a book. No book has been published or read more than the Bible. The fact that it is an ancient book, yet continues to be the best selling book of all time shouldn't be ignored.
The Bible has predicted future events. There are over 300 prophecies about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection in the Bible. There is no other sacred writing that has perfectly predicted the future like it has. (See the prophecy section)
The Bible is alive. Something unexplainable stirs inside of people when they read the words of the Bible with an open heart. Its amazing how ancient writings can be so alive and relevant to us today. This reveals to me that the authors must have been inspired by God.
The Bible doesn't hide the weaknesses of it's heroes. If the Bible was a scam written by men to convince the world that there is a God, then I think the authors would have left out the embarrassing parts that reveal the sins of their Biblical heroes. The fact that the Bible shares the good, bad, and ugly of its characters reveals to me that God must be the divine author.
The Bible is amazingly unified. The Bible consists of 66 different books, written by 40 different authors from a variety of different backgrounds (prophets, fishermen, kings, doctor, tax collector, etc). It was written over 1,500 years, in three continents, and in three languages. There are hundreds of controversial subjects in the Bible yet the authors spoke with harmony and continuity about God’s will and His plan for humanity (from Genesis to Revelation). I’m not even sure three guys with the same job attending the same church could pull that off today.
The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book. As of October 2017 the full Bible has been translated into 670 languages, and the New Testament alone into 1,521.
The Bible has survived. The Bible has outlasted criticism and persecution. There have been bold attempts to destroy the existence of the Bible, yet it remains. A French man named Voltaire declared that the Bible would become obsolete a hundred years after his death. Ironically, 50 years after his death the Geneva Bible Society used his house and his printing press to produce stacks of Bibles. Even the fact that people have made it their sole mission to destroy the Bible proves that it must be more than ink and pages.
The Bible is historically accurate. The table of nations (genealogy of mankind) according to archeologist and Professor Albright remains an astonishingly accurate document. The Bible is full of poetry, letters, prophecies, but ultimately it is a historical document of God’s interaction with mankind. The Bible contains the ancestral records from Jesus all the way back to Adam. It's historical accuracy can't be disputed.
The theme of Jesus redeeming the world in the Bible is laser focused. There are 66 different books in the Bible. The redemptive mission of Christ can be seen woven into every book. It continually unfolds the story of man’s rebellion against God’s law, and God’s plan of salvation throughout the entire Bible. This internal consistency is what we would expect if the Bible really is what it claims to be—God’s revelation. Keep in mind that 39 of those books (Old Testament) were written before Christ was born.
The Bible is magnetic. Any genuine seeker of truth would take time to thoroughly examine the Bible. To merely cast it off as insignificant without even looking at it would be seen as ignorant.
The Bible is a legit ancient document. The Bible appears to be even more authentic than many other ancient trusted documents in terms of the number of documents found and the timescale between when the first work was written and the oldest extant manuscript. There is more evidence for its validity than the writings of Plato. This would minimize any alteration of the original manuscript.
The early manuscripts of the Bible were meticulously recopied. One might think that the Bible got majorly altered over the years in the same way a whisper gets altered as its passed through multiple ears. However, those that recopied the Bible took great pride in their work. They copied it letter by letter (not word by word or thought by thought). . They would wipe their pens clean before writing the name of God and even count the letters of the original text to make sure it matched their copy.
The Bible was the first printed book. In 1456 the printing pressed was invented by Gutenburg and the first book ever printed was the Bible in Latin. Thus making the distribution of scriptures more accessible to more people for the centuries that followed.
The population growth in the Bible is accurate. The population growth of the world is consistent with the Bible from the time of the flood to now. Ancient civilizations don’t appear to predate the Bible. You would think that population numbers would be much higher if mankind had existed a million of years.
NO ORDINARY PREDICTIONS (FULLFILLED PROPHECIES)
Prophecies are predictions of the future mentioned in the Bible. Keep in mind, that the Bible is split into to sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. In between these two sections were 400 silent years when nothing was written, however many predictions in the Old Testament era came true in the New Testament era and some even in the 400 silent years.
Jesus virgin birth. Isaiah 7:13-15 predicted that Jesus would be born from a virgin…and he (Jesus) was.
Jesus birth. Micah 4:5 predicted that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem…and he (Jesus) was.
Jesus ancestors. Jeremiah 23:5,6 predicted that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David…and he (Jesus) was.
Jesus ministry. Isaiah 35:5-6 predicts that the Messiah would have a supernatural life and ministry…and he (Jesus) did.
Jesus betrayal. Zechariah 11:12-13 predicted that the future Messiah would be betrayed by 30 pieces of silver…and he (Jesus) was by Judas.
The Cross. Psalm 22 predicted that the Messiah would die by crucifixion at least 300 years before the cross was invented…and that is how he (Jesus) died.
Details of Jesus Death.Isaiah 52 and 53 predicted how the gruesome death of Christ would be and how he would ultimately resurrect (Isaiah 53:10)…and he (Jesus) did.
Jesus death on a Cross. The piercing of Jesus feet and the crushing of Satans head (Golgotha – place of the skull where the cross was placed) is even symbolically predicted in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 3:15). Visual Explanation.
Date of Jesus Death. This one takes a scholar, but Daniel 9:26-27 predicted the dates of Jesus’ death. Once the math of the scripture is done it points to the fact that he would die before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Its worth the research if you are up for an enlightening brain twister.
End time events. I’ll be honest, many of the modern day “prophets” predicting the end of the world make me cringe, but I believe it is coming…someday. One interesting prediction is in Revelations 11. It shares that in the last days there will be two witnesses that will be killed and for three and a half days people from every tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. This scripture could have been laughed off a century ago, but now that we are in the digital/social media age this is highly possible. By the way, you should read up on what happens next to these dudes.
Foreshadowings of Christ. The Old Testament continuously shares stories that resemble, parallel, and foreshadow the life of Christ long before he was born. Examples: Moses and the Snake on the pole, Abraham and Isaac, Jonah swallowed up for three days, etc.
Unique Name Prophecy. This one blows me away. According to Chuck Missler there appears to be a prophecy about Jesus in the meanings of the names from Adma to Noah . Here are the names next to their meanings: Adam – Man, Seth – Appointed, Enosh – Mortal, Kenan – Sorrow, Mahalalel – The blessed God, Jared – Shall come down, Enoch – Teaching, Methuselah – His death shall bring, Lamech – Despairing, Noah – Comfort and rest. When you put those meanings into a complete sentence you get: Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow, [but] the blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring [the] despairing comfort and rest.
Prediction of Kingdoms in the Bible's "silent years". A vision in Daniel chapter 2, predicted the next three empires and their falls that would follow it: Babylon (607 BC), Medo Persia (539 BC), Greece (331 BC), Rome (30 BC). These Kingdoms existed the way he predicted they would most during the "silent years" of the Bible. How could this prediction have happened if it was not for God?
The world’s heart will grow cold towards Christianity. Matthew 24 explains what will take place before Jesus returns the second time. It actually appears that many of those prophecies are coming true in our world right now. Especially in regards to people’s hearts growing cold. Most of Europe has bailed on the Christian faith and the US seems to be following suit. Jesus states that Christians will be hated and persecuted. Sadly this tension is becoming more and more evident. Post- Christian nations now exist. Matthew 24 is being being fulfilled. There are more predictions on this chapter. Read it for yourself. This stuff is happening and will only increase in time. Buckle up, guard your heart, and stay strong because tough days are ahead.
JESUS WAS NO ORDINARY MAN
History agrees that Jesus really did exist. Jesus’ existence is a known fact to everyone. The questions revolve more on who he was. Therefore, we can rest in assurance that he walked on this earth. Even an educated historian that is a devout atheist would agree. Historical writers such as Pliny and Younger affirm the existence of Christ life and deeds. Therefore, we know that the life and death of Christ caught the attention of more people than just those that wrote the Bible. There are actually 29 different accounts documented about the life of Jesus outside of the books in the Bible that were written in his time period.
Jesus More than a man. Ancient historians have stated that Jesus was more than a man. The historian Flavius Josephus writes that Jesus was more than a wise man and a doer of wonderful works…He was [the] Christ. (The Antiquities of the Jews)
Jesus Death Archived. Historian Cornelius Tacitus writes about the historical death of Jesus the Christ.
What historians agree on about Jesus. Historians agree that Jesus not only walked on this earth, but also died on a cross. Historians agree that his followers claimed to have seen the resurrected body of Jesus. Historians agree that Jesus' followers began sharing the gospel (good news) urgently after they made that proclamation. Historians agree that this ignited a rapid movement of conversions that were centrally focused on the death and resurrection of Christ.
Supernatural quick-witted Jesus. The way that Jesus quickly responds and silences his critics appears to be simply a supernatural gifting. Even a gifted writer would have a hard time coming up with powerful statements that Jesus said during his lifetime.
People are still drawn to Jesus. Many in our generation have turned their backs on the church, but are still drawn to Jesus. After 2,000 years the person of Jesus still connects with all walks of life as a role mode. It has even gone to the extent of popularizing WWJD bracelets and youth wearing “Jesus is my homeboy” shirts.
Jesus the Morale Teacher. Jesus is historically known and respected by many as a great morale teacher, however, it shouldn’t be forgotten that this great moral teacher claimed to be God - that’s what got him killed. If you think he is a great morale teacher then consider the fact that a great morale teacher wouldn't lie. Therefore, he must have been, who he said he was.
Jesus Christ is a curse word. Why is the name“Jesus Christ” used as a curse word? If there was one a commandment given among the ten commandments that I would have thought of as potentially becoming irrelevant it would have been number 3: Don’t say the Lord’s name in vain (uselessly). We don’t curse any other religious leaders name. No one says, “Oh Buddha!” The fact that the name of Jesus is actually said in vain by millions of people today reveals to me that there must be something sacred and lasting about his name.
Jesus Split the Calendar. I find it amazing that the life of Christ was so profound that the majority of the world’s annual dating system was split in two at his time of his birth. Just for the record, BC stands for Before Christ and AD stands for Anno Domini which is Medieval Latin and it means “In the Year of Our Lord.”
THE RESURRECTION WAS NO ORDINARY EVENT
Everything hinges on the resurrection of Christ. If there is one thing to carefully examine on your quest for truth it is the resurrection of Christ. It is the cornerstone of Christianity. Paul even throws down a challenge in 1 Corinthians 15:14, stating, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”
Uniqueness of Resurrection. Christianity is the only “religion” that centers around a resurrected savior. After 2,000 years there is still no compelling evidence that it didn’t happen. If you are a serious skeptic or an agnostic then examining the validity of the resurrection is a must.
The tomb was empty. Critical scholars and Historians agree on three different subjects. One, the tomb was discovered empty by a group of women on the Sunday following the crucifixion. Two, Jesus' disciples had real experiences with one whom they believed was the risen Christ. Three, as a result of the preaching by the apostles (which centered on the resurrection) the Christian church was established and grew rapidly. The skepticism seems to be more based on what happen to Jesus body and how the tomb got empty.
There were hundreds of post resurrection appearances. Jesus appeared to a variety of people after he raised from the dead. At one point there was a crowd of 500 people whom he appeared to.
Church Gatherings Switch from Saturday to Sunday. Jews have traditionally gathered on Saturdays, but something so big happened (the resurrection) that Christian Jews switched their gathering day from Saturday to Sunday around the year 32 A.D. They made this shift because they wanted to meet and celebrate on the day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead.
The gruesome deaths of the disciples. Historical sources outside of the Bible record that all the disciples of Christ were heavily persecuted and eleven of them were killed in horrific ways for their belief in Christ. For example, sources tell us that Peter was crucified upside down, Thomas was speared, Andrew was crucified, James was stoned and clubbed, and Matthias was burned. It seems likely that if their eye witness testimonies of the resurrection of Jesus was a lie that they would have recanted. It’s hard to believe that they would die a torturous death for a lie.
ISRAEL (JEWISH RACE) IS NO ORDINARY NATION
Israelites were God’s chosen people in the Old Testament and its amazing that this nation is still in the headlines today.
Survival of the Jewish race. It's amazing that the Jewish race still exist. Have you ever pondered why so many (like Hitler) have sought to annihilate them? Yet they have not been terminated. You will also notice that when compare them to their ancient adversaries in the Bible that they are the group that has continued to survived. You don't hear about the Philistines or the Ammonites any more. These tribes are long gone, yet the tribe God chose to be an instrument for him remains.
Israel in the Headlines. Isn't it interesting how the small nation of Israel seems to continuously be in the headlines globally. This sheds light to the fact that there is something profoundly significant about that small nation.
Israel becomes a nation again. On May 15, 1948 Israel became a nation again just like Isaiah 66:8 said it would. And by the way,
CHRISTIANITY WAS NO ORDINARY MOVEMENT
Largest People Movement in History. Without modern technology or being born into a highly esteemed family, Jesus sparked a worldwide movement with only 12 ordinary men in three years. It went from 12 disciples in 30 AD to nearly 25,000 people in 100 AD to an estimated 20 million in 310AD. Today 1/3 of the world’s population claims to be a part of it. How could this man have launched the largest people movement in history if God was not a part of it?
Disciples Transformation. The disciples were a rag-tag bunch of ordinary men. They would not be the team an normal leader would pick to launch a worldwide movement, but Jesus wasn't a normal person. The fact that the movement of Christianity was launched by ordinary men is worth looking into.
"Doubting" Thomas. History throughout India states that the biblical “doubting" Thomas became so convinced of his faith that he was the first one to risk spreading the gospel in their country. He later died a martyr for his beliefs.
Pilate's Sign. Pilate may have sentenced Christ to die, but there was something that moved Pilate so strongly that he made the extra effort to make sure that a sign was placed above Jesus’ head on the cross that labeled him the “King of the Jews.”
Conversion of a Persecuting Empire. In the first century, The Roman empire outlawed Christianity and punished them in horrific ways (torn apart by wild animals, burned at the stake). However, in just 300 years Christianity was embraced and endorsed by the Roman Emperor Constantine.
Priority of God at Death. Many people contemplate the most important things in life just before they die or when they are in turmoil. Why? It usually doesn’t take long for the word “God” to come up in the conversation. It’s strange that even skeptics will make mention of God when they are in foxhole.
Personal Peace and Freedom. Repentance of sin is almost a dirty word in our culture today. However, I am amazed at how freeing and life-giving it is for a person who genuinely confesses their sin to God and commits their life to him. No wonder Jesus called it being born again. When a person genuinely worships Christ with a clean heart there is often a peace that comes upon them that is unmatchable. It’s in that moment that we begin to discover what we were created to do.
U-Turns of Skeptics. There are countless examples of skeptical people who have been radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus. This took place in the days of Jesus and it still takes place today. Even devout skeptics who once made it their mission to disprove Christianity, have found Christ because they opened up their hearts and saw the evidence. Click here.
Conversion thru Visions. God is revealing himself to many people through supernatural means. Nearly 70% of people in Islamic countries who come to faith in Christ do so because of a dream or a vision. Is this coincidence?
NO ORDINARY DISCOVERIES
Over and over again archeology has affirmed the Bible. Here are just a few of the findings that have built the credibility of Christianity.
Numerous Biblical sites have been found. More than 25,000 sites showing some connection with the Old Testament period have been discovered.
Nothing Contradicts the Bible. There are no archeological evidences that flat-out contradict the reliability of the Bible or its places. Infact, it’s quite the opposite.
Converted Archeologist. One archeologist, Sir William Ramsay, sought to prove that the gospel of Luke was inaccurate, but became overwhelmed with evidence supporting the gospel of Luke and became a Christian.
The Moabite Stone. The Moabite Stone discovered in 1868 near the Dead Sea mentions the terms “Israel,” “Yahweh” and the “House of David.” This puts to rest the skeptics beliefs that David never existed.
Hittite Empire. Many claimed there was no evidence of the Hittite empire that is recorded in the Bible, but proof of Hittite Empire was discovered in 1906 by archeologist Hugo Winckler.
Jericho's Walls. In the 1950s archeologists found evidence that Jericho’s walls had fallen and that the city had been burnt. More here.
Ophir. Some claimed there was no evidence of the biblical city Ophir (Kings 9:28). However, an archeological discovery on a piece of pottery in 1956 proved that the biblical city of Ophir once existed.
Joseph. Hieroglyphics in ancient Egypt describes a man they called Imhotep who sought God and saved his family from famine. His story parallels with the story of Joseph in the Bible. More here.
Gospel of John. Many claimed there was no evidence of early manuscripts of scripture, however, a piece of the gospel of John was found in 125AD in southern Egypt proving that accuracy of God’s word.
Dead Sea Scrolls. This is a big one. Many claimed that scripture has been recopied so many years that its message has become distorted, however the Dead Sea scrolls that were found in a cave 1948 contained nearly 800 manuscripts of every Old Testament book except Esther. These texts were nearly 1000 years older than the current oldest texts known at that time and these scrolls validated the accuracy of scriptures passed down throughout history.
Horite Group. Many claimed that outside of the Bible that there was no evidence of the mysterious Horite group. However, the region of the Horites was discovered in in 1995 beneath the modern Syrian City of Tell Mozan.
King Sargon. Many claimed there was no evidence of King Sargon’s actual existence, but there was an archeological discovery of King Sargon of Assyria’s existence in 1843 (Isaiah 20:1)
Historical Accuracy Proven. There are numerous great archeological discoveries that shed light on the historical accuracy of scripture. Here are a few more: Pontius Pilate’s Inscription, Pool of Siloam excavated, a bone chest with the name “Ciaphas Ossuary”, and the Ketef Hinnom Amulets.
Final Ruler of Babylon. History claimed that Nabonidus was the last ruler of Babylon and that the Bible’s account stating that it was King Belshazzar was wrong. However, a documented discovery was made that determined that King Belshazzar actually was the final ruler.
Circular earth. The Bible stated that the earth was a circular shape centuries before the discovery was actually made. (Is 40:22)
Earth hangs on nothing. In Job 26:7 it states that the earth hangs upon nothing. Job is the oldest book in the Bible. It's amazing how this discovery wasn’t affirmed until 1650.
Jonah and the Whale. Jonah and the whale sounds like a “big fish” story, but there have been a couple other documented cases where people have been swallowed by fish (whales) and survived.
Crossing the Red Sea. Many debate that Moses could not have miraculously crossed the Red Sea, however ancient chariot wheels have been discovered in the sea where Moses is believed to have crossed .
Worldwide Flood. Many mock the idea of a worldwide flood, but the story of eight people surviving a worldwide flood can be found in the ancient folklore of many religions. Fish bones have also been found on the tops mountains. Not to mention, that the flood story is also found in the Chinese character for the word Boat – which is amazing because Chinese is known as one of the oldest written languages.
This list is only the beginning. If you have any evidence or links that have helped affirm your beliefs in Christianity then feel free to leave it in the comments section.
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