The problem of Christianity's acceptance for so many are some of the doctrines that set it apart from other religions. Namely, creation, the flood, the Holy Trinity, the virgin birth, and the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. I can understand the doubters mind. I doubted too. For me, the doubt is gone today. Though I am convinced, I have no physical evidence to present to you.
I could not address all of these issues in this short post, but being Resurrection Sunday, a word or two about that topic is appropriate.
The facts of Jesus' resurrection are laid out in scripture, as well as many writings over the past two thousand years since the Event. Lee Strobel's book, "A Case for the Resurrection," is a great read, and Strobel being an investigating reporter, quite thorough. If you want to believe...you have to leave. That is, leave your religious thinking, or your disbelief, and then set yourself to read the accounts unbiased. Once you have done that, or before you do, simply ask God, "if You are real, show me it is true."
Easter Sunday, 2014.
In my lifetime, I have watched a nation go from majority belief, to a majority disbelief in Christianity. We have come to the point in this country where we need tangible proof, physical evidence we can hold in our hand before we can believe anything. At least to believe in anything "Christian." Things secular that appears to be a real stretch to believe, Americans tend to take the bait, hook, line, and sinker. Why that is, is because what they believe is backed by most of the liberal media, and secular scientific opinion.
The result they present is that the resurrection is not possible, regardless of the evidence. Yet five hundred people saw Him alive. Thousands died a martyr's death since then. Why would they if not convinced? Many have given everything and their lives to spread the message. Were they nuts? Does any of this prove anything? Perhaps not, but people believe in Darwinism with less proof. Has anyone ever been martyred for Darwinian beliefs?
What causes me to be accepting of the resurrection, is my personal change as I believe in Jesus. As others have moved away from belief, I have moved deeper into belief, convinced as most transformed addicts and alcoholics are. God brought us to freedom. Many of us want more about God. I know that reality, and cannot be convinced otherwise.
What if you're right and I'm wrong? Paul said it best in this passage:
"But if there is no resurrection of the dead; then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is empty....and if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins!" 1 Cor.15:13-14,17 NKJV
That's it. It happened, or it didn't. If I am wrong, am I a fool? To you yes, I am but to me, not at all. I may live longer and much fuller following Jesus, even if wrong. If I am right...what about you? Shouldn't you at least investigate, or as I stated earlier ask God, "are You real?" The worst that would happen from that attempt to contact is that you talk to the wall if God doesn't respond. And I doubt He audibly says, "what's up" to you. By asking, He will reveal Himself to you, in ways you could never imagine. You will find the truth only by looking for it.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!