Blind Faith ?

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The tenants of Christianity are NOT based on some kind of blind faith — as some people have claimed. In fact, Christianity depends very much on the testimony of eyewitnesses. A large portion of the Bible is just that: the eyewitness accounts of people who were actually there. Christians do not depend on a single individual’s revelation of the truth (as, for example, in Islam and Buddhism). In fact, Jesus Christ, the object of the Christian’s devotion and the focal point of all Scripture, did not write a single word of the Bible.

Some say that Jesus was a myth, that He was not a historical figure. These people maintain that no credible evidence exists that would substantiate His historicity. But nothing can be further from the truth. There is actually better historical evidence for the existence of Jesus and what Christians believe about Him than for just about any ancient historical figure. For example, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, who was not a Christian, wrote in 93-94 A.D.:

“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive; accordingly, he was perhaps the messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.” Antiquities of the Jews, XVIII.iii.3

A Roman historian by the name of Cornelius Tacitus wrote in 112 A.D.:

“Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time broke out again, not only through Judea, where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also.” Annals, XV.44

The short story is that the vast majority of Biblical scholars agree that Jesus existed.

The teachings of Jesus Christ and the claims He made for Himself are well documented in the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in the Bible. But those claims would be nothing if He failed to rise from the dead after He was crucified, as He predicted He would. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is considered to be the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Without it, Jesus is a fraud and Christianity a false religion. So the question before us is this: “Did Jesus rise from the dead?”

The Christian Church is worldwide in scope. Its history can be traced back to Palestine around 32 AD. Did it just happen or was there a cause for it? These people who were first called Christians at Antioch turned the world of their time upside down. They constantly referred to the resurrection as the basis for their teaching, preaching, living, and — significantly — dying. The Apostle Paul summed up very well what the gospel is in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. There he defined it as Jesus dying for the sins of humanity and rising from the dead, according to the Scriptures. Paul also said, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”. He said, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins”. And furthermore, he said, “Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished if Christ has not been raised from the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-20) The apostles preached this message because the resurrection of Jesus Christ proved that He was who He said He was — the Son of God. It demonstrated that the blood Jesus shed on the cross had the power to save sinners, and that in the end, all who believe in Him will be raised from the dead.

The testimony of the New Testament contains six independent testimonies to the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Three of them by eyewitnesses: John, Peter, and Matthew. Paul, writing to the churches at an early date, referred to the resurrection in such a way that it is obvious that to him and his readers the event was well known and accepted without question. Are these men, who helped transform the moral structure of society, consummate liars or deluded madmen? These alternatives are harder to believe than the fact of the resurrection, and there is no evidence to support them.

Of course, there have been those who sought to cast doubt on the veracity of the resurrection. They have advanced various explanations to account for the open and empty tomb. But there is only one valid explanation for the empty tomb, and that is the one the Bible presents — that Jesus on the third day rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples (also some 500 others) for a period of forty days.

The apostles of Christ were eyewitnesses to His resurrection. These men had been with Him before His death; a number of them had been with Him for about three and a half years. They had seen Him during the trial; some of them had seen Him die on the cross. After His resurrection, these men associated with Him for about forty days. They talked with Him; they handled Him; they saw Him. They had every reason for believing that the Christ whom they saw was the one who had been crucified.

By their lives and deaths these men demonstrated that what they were teaching was the truth. When they preached the resurrection, they did not begin in Galilee; they began in Jerusalem where Christ had been crucified. When they began preaching the resurrection, it was not to men who knew nothing about the death of Christ; it was to men who had been guilty of crucifying the Lord (Acts 2:22-23). These men deported themselves as men who knew what they were talking about. They deported themselves as men who were under tremendous conviction. No one can account for the changed attitude of these men, for their restored hope, for their renewed courage, for their long lives of toil and sacrifice and suffering apart from the fact that they were prompted by the undying conviction that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. It is more difficult to believe that these men acted a lie, suffered for it, and died for it, than it is to believe in the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

It was because of their powerful testimony that faith in Jesus grew in spite of detractors, competing religions and philosophies, and severe state persecution. This could not take place if the resurrection was a lie perpetrated by Jesus Himself or His apostles.

And yet there is more, much more. There are the prophecies in the Old Testament of the coming Messiah.

This link refers: http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Prophecies-Jesus.htm

There is the proven reliability of the Scriptures.

These links refer: https://www.probe.org/authority-of-the-bible-a-strong-argument-for-christianity/

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/establishing-the-gospels-reliability

There is the eternal witness of God in creation. Romans 1:20 reads:
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

See also Unlocking the Mysteries of Life

Most importantly is the testimony of countless millions of believers throughout Christian history to this very day that testify that they believe and love the Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Ravi Zacharias – Why I Believe in the Saviour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3m_GHldtgs

There will always be skeptics, those who question the historical Jesus, question the reliability of the scriptures, those who need more proof, those who say that life on our earth just happened by chance because they refuse to acknowledge God, those that say our universe was created out of nothing, that cannot or will not entertain the reality that there is a God who created this universe and our world, gave us all life, longs to have us know Him, loves us and has sent His Son to make us one with Him.

God gives all humanity the choice to live by God’s way or our own way.

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 20:29 “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

2 Corinthians 6:2 “For he says,“In the time of my favour I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.”

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