A few weeks ago I saw a cartoon that likened believing in God to believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I’ve heard this before and never given it much thought, but when I saw it as a Facebook post and read the ensuing comments my stomach turned. I realized that more and more people are clumping faith in Jesus Christ with belief in childhood fairy tales. It’s troubling that so many people believe that followers of Jesus are willing to without logic, reason, or evidence give their lives for something they liken to a silly fairy tale.
As ridiculous as it may seem, let’s look at Santa, the Tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny. These are created figures which represent something, but it would be silly and irrational for millions of people to die for their belief in these imaginative figures. Have millions of people had their lives radically changed because of these figures? Do people pray to them? Do any of these figures claim to be God, creator of the universe and man, and have proof to back it up? I could go on, but it’s apparent that God is in a different category from childhood myths.
Now that we’ve taken fairy tales out of the equation what about the thousands of other belief systems in the world? Hinduism alone has over 330 million deities. What sets Jesus apart from the millions of other gods? With over 10,000 religions in the world, how can we know that Jesus is the only way? Christianity is so exclusive. Don’t all roads lead to God? These are questions/ideas that many of us have heard before, but have we really thought about them? Jesus is not a created god like the mythological figures of the ancient Greeks, He is not a golden calf, and He isn’t a fairy tale. Jesus is outside of the natural world (time and the universe). He existed before the foundations of the world, He is the author of the beginning and the end, whereas mythological figures such as the Greek gods are derived from and contained in the natural world. God warns against creating/worshipping deities from nature, as many worshipped the sun, moon, stars, etc. Even before the polytheistic views of the Greeks dominated, the Hebrews believed in one God, the creator of the heavens and the universe.
Christianity is the only faith that reveals mankind’s need for a redeemer and provides the free gift of salvation and redemption through Jesus. Although, the moral landscape of the world is ever changing and some would say there is no such thing as sin, no one can look at the atrocities of the holocaust and say that we are all “basically” good. God tells us that “…the heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked…” we’ve all lied, cheated, stolen, and envied others. Hobart Mauer, an avowed atheist, Psychologist, and former president of the American Psychological Association wrote the following about sin in his article “Sin, The Lesser of Two Evils”,
“For several decades we psychologists have looked upon the whole matter of sin and moral accountability as a great incubus and we have acclaimed our freedom from it as epic making. But at length we have discovered to be free in this sense to have the excuse of being sick rather than being sinful is to also court the danger of becoming lost. In becoming amoral, ethically neutral and free, we have cut the very roots of our being, lost our deepest sense of selfhood and identity. And with neurotics themselves, asking, “Who am I? What is my deepest destiny? And what does living really mean?”
Every other belief system tells us that we can “work our way to heaven and/or immortality” either by thinking, feeling, or doing more. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Scientism the list goes on, all of these belief system are works based. How much can you “do” to achieve eternity? Can you gain more intellect, rid yourself of all desire, say more hail marys, be kinder, more compassionate, do more “good” than bad? Christianity cuts to the heart of it, we’re not going to “find ourselves’ by attaining more knowledge through science, enlightenment, denial, we CAN NOT do it on our own. We need a savior and only someone who’s lived a perfect life can provide it for us. Jesus bore the cross for our sins so that we could have communion with God. God promises and reveals His son to us through His living word, the Bible. There are no “religious mountains to climb”, “all path lead to God”, or “all rivers to the ocean”. There’s Jesus and He is the way the truth and the life.
What evidence do we have? Jesus’ life and resurrection are His testimony. There is no question as to whether or not Jesus existed. Secular and religious historians agree that no other figure in history has lived a life as pure and had the impact on mankind that Jesus had in His three years of ministry. The real question is, was He resurrected? All of Christianity hinges on this claim. Do any other belief systems make these claims? Do any other belief systems have a text claiming to be the inspired word of God whose credibility hinges on its ability to accurately predict the future? See previous post on the validity of the bible.
Who am I? What’s my purpose? Where am I going? These are very personal questions that you must ask yourself and how you answer and where you put your trust and faith will determine your eternal destination. Ask the Lord to give you evidence, ask Him to speak to you, ask Him to show Himself to you in a very real and personal way and He WILL answer you because He promises us in Deuteronomy 4:29 that when you “…seek the Lord…you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. “ And if/when you believe that Jesus, the son of God, died on the cross for your sins and was raised from the dead then put your trust in Him, abide in Him, and ask Him to reign in your life.
Rest in Him,