When I look around my house, or take a walk outside something strikes me. Everything I see had a beginning and a creator or designer. Why should we expect it to be different with the universe? Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist; therefore it must have a cause. If space, matter and time had a beginning, something or someone outside of space, matter and time must be responsible. I believe this to be the God of Christianity.
He fine-tuned the universe in such a way that life is possible on our planet. This is simply amazing when you think about it. If we were closer to the sun, we would burn to death. If we were a little further away, we would freeze. If gravity was off just a bit, we’d fall off the face of the earth quite literally. This was no accident. It certainly wasn’t chance. It was the grand design of an eternal, loving and personal creator.
The Christian worldview best explains reality. It answers the big questions we all have. How did it all begin? Why are we here? How will it end? The Bible has the answers. This wonderful book is trustworthy and has been proven so time and again. No book in history has been more scrutinized. Yet, archaeological finds continue to confirm its claims.
In his book, Can Man Live Without God?, Ravi Zacharias says, “In real terms, the New Testament is easily the best attested ancient writing in terms of the sheer number of documents, the time span between the events and the document, and the variety of documents available to sustain or contradict it. There is nothing in ancient manuscript evidence to match such textual availability and integrity” (162).
There is real evidence for God, the resurrection of Jesus, and the validity and historicity of the Bible. G.K. Chesterton once said “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried” (What’s Wrong with the World, 23). In my conversations with skeptics, I’ve noticed that sometimes, no amount of evidence will convince them. The truth is many people don’t want God to exist. They don’t want Christianity to be true. I think Blaise Pascal said it best, “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive” (The Art of Persuasion).
-- By Josh Humphries. Josh is a member of Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL. He is currently finishing his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Business Management and works for a large insurance company. He is married to Erin and they have two children. In his spare time, Josh enjoys reading, fishing, blogging, playing tennis, and song writing. His blog can be accessed at http://redtapewhiterope.wordpress.com.
NOTE: These considerations by Josh have additional related material on this website. See the following pages for more:
- The History Room in the Home Tour.
- The Cosmology Room in the Home Tour.
- Why should we believe the Bible since it's so old?