Sometimes I doubt. (Holy Moses, did she just say that?!) Yes, yes I did. Sometimes I doubt. And question. And wrestle. And over-analyze. I find some stories in the Bible hard to believe. I wrestle with stories that challenge my perception of God and straight up tell God that I don’t understand. I hear things, learn things, and observe things that make it hard for me at times to continue on as a sold out believer. Not that I stop believing..but my faith gets tested.
When I struggle to find meaning and wrestle with my faith, I turn to the cold hard facts. The proof we have that Jesus existed and is who he says he is. When feelings fail me, I look at the logical side of things, and usually it’s just the boost I need.
The reason I call myself a Christian is because I truly believe in what happened those 2,000 some years ago.
People say that Christianity is a “blind faith”. That we believe in something so ridiculously outrageous and unbelievable that a make-believe fairy tale could be more credible. They say there’s no proof to back it up. We blindly put our faith in something we’ve never seen for ourselves, and we claim it’s worth basing our lives on.
What they don’t know is that the Christian faith is actually the most credible faith that has stood the test of time from the very beginning.
There are roughly 5,800 greek New Testament manuscripts. That’s more than the roughly 650 greek manuscripts of Homer’s Illiad. And that’s vastly more than the accounts of Caesar, Euripides, Plato and others, all of which are considered credible sources. These manuscripts have a 99.5% accuracy rate, the highest of all surviving manuscripts. These accounts were carefully and skillfully copied to preserve the accuracy of each piece. The first copy was written within less than 100 years of the original. Compared to those who’s copies didn’t appear until 500-1400 years later, raising the risk of misquotation and false testimonies and changing facts within the accounts. If you discount the Bible, the most credible and historically accurate source of history, then you have to discredit all these other “credible” sources as well.
Even more impressive is that many of these accounts were written within 30 years of Jesus’ death. All were written with 70 years. This means that the written accounts of him being brutally murdered, buried, and reappearing to 500 people could have easily been disputed by members of the community because they were there. They themselves were witnesses to the exact events that took place. They were giving actual first-hand accounts. No other religion in history can say the same. The life and death of Jesus has been recorded in non-biblical manuscripts as well, not just those of the Bible.
Christianity is the most proven religion. Archeological finds have placed dates, events, and people to the exact locations listed in the Bible. Science points more to a Creator than it does to any other theory. History complies with the story of Jesus. No other book comes close to the Bible in terms of accuracy, translation, manuscripts, or citations. And these facts don’t even scratch the surface of what’s out there.
I’m a huge geek when it comes to the historicity of the Bible. And I think it’s because, even when I don’t “feel” it, and I begin to doubt or question Jesus, I look back at the facts. If I believe in the historical findings and accuracy of the Bible, then I can believe the stories about Jesus in the Bible are true. If I believe the stories about him are true, then I can believe he really is who he says he is. If I believe he is who he says he is, then I can believe he is the Son of God.
I’m so convinced by the evidence presented to me, and the inward witness of my soul, that this whole Jesus-thing is legit.
Friends, I don’t want to live just a religious life. I want people to see that I am convinced. Convinced by the truth, convinced by the evidence, convinced that there’s a greater meaning to life, convinced that there’s no greater cause than to tell people about Christ.