What if? Christianity is false...
Once upon a time, many of us believed in Santa. However, as we matured, that belief changed based on our knowledge of the truth. To some it was sad learning the truth about Santa. To others, discovering the truth was enlightening. You see, people like to think what they believe is true. Yet, simply because one believes something to be true, does not necessarily make it true. So, what does any of this have to do with Christianity being false? I'm glad you ask.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that if Jesus did not rise from the dead our faith is in vain. Let me ask you this: If Christianity were shown to be false would you still believe it? Better yet, do you believe anything you know to be false? Seriously, people do not believe a lie they know to be a lie! In other words, people have reasons to think what they believe to be true.
“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof, but on the basis of what they find attractive.” -Blaise Pascal
A quick side note for clarification: Most of what I share is not a salvation breaker, although you should know what the essentials of Christianity are if nothing else. I am trying to help my brothers and sisters understand the problem of not having an answer for the hope they have as professing followers of Christ. It does not matter if you like me, or the way I present things. What matters are the clear commands of scripture.
So, Paul tells us our faith is in vain if what we believe is not true. Then why would we not want to know the truth? Here is where blind faith and "easy believism" comes in. Christianity claims there is absolute truth. Truth around the world corresponds with the way things really are. If it lacks proper correspondence, it is false! We believe that truth is true for all people, at all times, in all places. Thus, why are you a Christian and would you profess to remain one if it were shown to be false?
We want and expect truth from loved ones, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, books, news, road signs, medicine bottles, you name it. Money! But when it comes to our faith, well, that is our answer -- faith. Consider how this appears to anyone you tell that you are a Christian. Or, how would you feel if the doctor told you he had faith that you were healthy when you had cancer?
To be saved one must have faith. But nowhere in the Bible does it remotely mean blind faith. If the most important thing in this life is God, then would it not make sense to know if it is true? Even the definition of faith from the dearly loved KJV states faith is the substance of things hoped for and what else? The evidence of things not seen! What evidence do you have to believe Christianity is true? You cannot use faith as an answer because evidence is part of the definition.
Do you see where this is going?
Paul tells us not to waste our time; the definition of faith tells us of the evidence not seen. So why in the world do we believe something if we have no idea whether it is true or not?
I just told a girl at a Sheetz convenience store that Christianity is the only thing people believe even if they have no idea whether it is true or false. This is not acceptable or Biblical (not that I made the statement to the girl about Christians having no idea if Christianity is true or not).
Please do not be that brother or sister that has no idea of why they believe. As already stated, it is not biblical to do so, and it really doesn’t make sense to believe something that may or may not be true. Based on the evidence, Christianity is not only true, but the only religion that is.
One last thing, the definition of truth is that which corresponds with reality. There is your starting point -- does God, or Christianity, correspond to reality? If not, then Christianity is false. Do you see the importance of knowing what proves Christianity and why you are a Christian?
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