Sunday, April 6, 2014

Top Ten Reasons for being a Christian

This is my attempt to describe the hope I have in Christ. These are not necessarily in any specific order, but are a compilation used as a means of an adbuctive process within a cumulative case is made.

10. Christianity answers most of the worldview questions I have. I view this as a philosophical foundation that allows for a real ascent to reason while formulating the best possible answers to life’s most difficult and prominent questions.

9. Repeatability and reproducibility of having an inner change that would allow for the believer the ability to repent, and see things more clearly. These changes of the heart have been seen throughout history of the true followers of Christ, selflessness.

8. The accuracy of the traditions of scripture. There has been much on the quest for accuracy through textual criticism. Christianity allows for such critical review. There are approximately 5,500 Greek witnesses, ranging in date from the second century AD into the middle ages. Besides the Greek evidence, there are nearly 30,000 versional copies (e.g., Latin, Coptic, and Syriac), and over 1,000,000 quotations from the NT in the church Fathers. NT textual criticism has always had an embarrassment of riches unparalleled in any other field.

7. Fulfilled prophecy. Not only is the Bible self-attesting, there are 2000 fulfilled prophecies of the Bible adds to the accuracy and reliability of its claims, historically and attests to its future ability to remain accurate.

6. Archaeological evidences. Many archaeologists use the Bible to trace ancient cities. Findings such as; Ebla tablets, the Merneptah Stela, Walls of Jericho, The ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, and so on. You can read more about the archaeologist views of the accuracy of the Bible here:
5. The ability to have a relationship with a loving God. I believe this to be essential in the day-to-day faith.

4. Christ is the most amazing historical figure, from his teachings to his ability to lead by example. Jesus spoke with authority; he claimed to be the life, the truth, and the way, the only way to the Father. No other religion has such an emphatic claim to salvation.

3. Allows for a deeper study. One of the things I enjoy about Christianity is the ability to search God through theology. There is a wealth of writings from the earliest believers to the most astute theologians of today.

2. Body of Christ. Having relationships with fellow members of the body of Christ is also inspiring. To know that you can share a common bond in unity and diversity is one of the attributes that I can honestly say I admire.

1. The promise of salvation. The ability to know that after the resurrection there will be no more sorrow or sickness. No more of the bondage to sin. We can be assured of the resurrection by the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection (proof of the event to come).

Isaiah 41:21–24
“‘Present your argument,’ says the LORD. ‘Produce your evidence,’ says Jacob's king. ‘Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, so we may examine them and see how they were fulfilled. Or decree for us some future events! Predict how future events will turn out, so we might know you are gods. Yes, do something good or bad, so we might be frightened and in awe. Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting.’”