“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” - G.K. Chesterton
We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall. - Proverbs 16:33
Straw man: “a weak or imaginary opposition (as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Did Jesus exist? Did He rise from the dead? Is the Bible true? Is Christianity merely a means to gain power and money? The popular politically correct answers to these questions today are, probably, no, a little bit, and yes. That is, Jesus probably did exist, but He didn’t rise from the dead. The Bible has truth in it, but it’s also full of myth and its truth is relative. And Christianity exists mostly because people used it to gain power and or money. What do you think? Here’s what I know. I know that Jesus is real because He’s changed my life. I know that God cares about us because of Jesus’ death. And I also know the skeptic wouldn’t even consider this an argument. But to that skeptic I ask them to prove love. Love is a feeling we all know. Still there’s no empirical evidence it exists. We see the effects of love all around us. But they could just as easily be the effects of people trying to gain a foothold in society. The skeptic could say that my mind is creating an experience. I say, God created my mind. How many times have you heard someone disprove Santa Clause, then equate Christ with Santa. t’s easy to set up a straw-man, knock it down, and then call the straw-man Jesus. But how many skeptics would die for their skepticism. The people who have faced the choice of rejecting Jesus or life and died for their decision can’t be counted. Ten of Jesus’ original disciples died for their for their belief. Paul the greatest Apostle and arguably the greatest Christian ever to live, died for Christ. None of these men ever gained personal wealth or great power. Sure, they had influence, but their political power was nearly non-existent. It’s true that through the ages, Christianity has risen in power. It’s been used terribly to wield personal influence and gain riches. However, it’s also true that no belief has ever been attacked like the belief in Jesus. No belief has overcome abuse and doubt like the belief in Christ. It’s because Jesus is the only person to live who’s ever claimed to be the Son and the Word of God and been taken seriously. It’s because of the undeniable credibility of the Bible. And it’s against all odds that Christianity even exists today, let alone that it influences more people than any other belief system in the world. But then again, it’s God who determines the outcome of everything. God is not affected by odds, period. And if one were to count the odds, they would say there is a God. They would say that there is a God and that He loves you. They would say that there is a God and that He sent His only begotten Son to die for you and me. Go ahead and doubt. Go ahead and consider the odds. Go ahead... But consider these words by George MacDonald. “How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.”
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,