Atheists pride themselves in admitting that they could be wrong…and they just need enough proof to be convinced. However, is it really inconceivable for Christians to consider that we could be wrong about the existence of God? And if we are wrong on that point, does that take away from the wisdom of the Cross, which is sacrificial love? I think not.
If it could be proven that the Bible is entirely make belief, and there is no other evidence for the existence of God, apart from Jewish tradition, what difference would that make? Would that change the wisdom that was revealed in the Bible? Would evil and righteousness change in meaning and in practice?
People say that the wisdom in the Bible is not new. That other philosophers say the same things that are attributed to Solomon or Jesus. Jews even argue that Jesus didn’t say anything new, but just took credit for what God already said in the Old Testament, like His command to love our enemies. Someone once pointed out that Hebrew Scriptures also say that we should be kind to our enemies. Very well then.
So can Christianity become obsolete? Redundant? If not for the strong and compelling evidence for the existence of the Man called Jesus, who claimed to be the Messiah, and prophesied His death and resurrection…which came to pass…perhaps Christianity as practiced today could be squashed with the denigration of the Bible to nothing more than a book of fairy tales.
So, can I consider that I could be wrong? That there is not sufficient evidence for me to believe in the existence of God and that Jesus ever lived and He was in fact God… Yes, I can consider that I could be wrong. However, something beyond evidence compels me to believe. It is Wisdom itself.
Of all the wise men who ever lived and walked, there is none who actually personified his teachings the way Jesus did. And that sets Him apart and far above the rest! This alone, for me, is the reason why I continue to believe that He is real. Truly, He is the Word that became Flesh.
Jesus loved His enemies unto death, even asking that they be forgiven as they mocked Him. He said that you must lay down your life in order to save it. This was a literal description of the Cross, which He bore and asked His followers to also bear. He practiced what He taught and showed the superiority of His love and wisdom by His submission to crucifixion. The idea alone that someone would go so far to prove they were right, that they are the Way, speaks volumes about the validity of their claim to divinity.
There is NO OTHER person, wise man, teacher or god who ever was so impressive. On this basis alone, I am compelled to believe that He is the One, and to trust His wisdom to apply it in my life. But again, even if Jesus was right about only His wisdom, and not that He is God or that there is even a God, His wise teachings are a great resource to the world. Believing in Jesus is no tragedy, but is actually a salvation to the world. So a resistance to believe in Him, for this reason alone…never mind the other assurances we have that He is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life, is to me, nothing but stubborn, rebellious insanity.
Christianity is the best thing that ever happened to the world. Even if there is no God. And because of how He has proven Himself in personifying His Wisdom – the greatest ever – I cannot call Him a liar and deny the rest of what He taught concerning who He is and why He came. I believe He is the Truth, because the evidence is sufficient and His Wisdom is profound.
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17).
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