TruthToday’s guest post is from Stephen Page. Stephen is a graduate student at the University of Scranton and an avid fan of CS Lewis.

If you are an atheist, it’s not likely that after reading my first post you now believe God exists and religion is the answer. Nevertheless, I’m going to write this as if you are entertaining the idea that religion is worthwhile.

But there’s a problem already, isn’t there? There’s more than one religion and each is vastly different from one another. The law of non-contradiction makes it impossible for every religion to be correct, so how is one supposed to decide which religion is true—and which of the others is fake?

Honestly, I’ve wrestled with how to answer this eloquently. It seems hypocritical of me to tell readers in the first post to trust God and not themselves, just to turn around and tell them in the second post to use their individual intellects to decide which “god” to trust. However, I think the answer to this dilemma is a simple one: If the Omnipotent Ruler of the universe is revealing Himself to mankind, mankind can expect it to be clear—clearer than any other option. Therefore, a person doesn’t have to create what he or she thinks is true; only identify what is already true regardless of what one thinks.

I’m not a theologian, so I won’t pretend this is the best, most complete, or most extensive list, but I would like to submit to you the six reasons I find Christianity to be the clearest and most trustworthy religion when compared to other major world religions:

  1. Unlike any other, Christianity claims God became a man. This is incredibly significant. Religions like Islam have a normal man claim to be a prophet from God, but no other major religion has a man walking and talking on earth claiming to be that God. With a claim as outrageous as this, one would expect it to be either true or immediately discredited—there is no middle ground. Furthermore, this relates to humankind on a personal level. A God who makes rules and has expectations, but does not know what it’s like to be hurt, suffer, and be physically limited cannot relate to humans. The God of Christianity became a man and relates to the human condition. Not only does He understand, He cares enough to enter human history—no other religion has this.
  2. Christianity has a resurrection. Other major world religions like the Jewish religion may believe in a resurrection, but only Christianity claims that one has happened. Christianity itself records in 1 Corinthians 15:14 that if Christ has not been raised from the dead, faith in Christianity is useless. Remember, people knew Christ. People saw Him die. People prepared His body for burial. People saw His tomb. It’s illogical to believe that this claim would have been accepted without evidence. Christianity is the only religion that can make such a powerful claim and continue to thrive as a major world religion.
  3. Christianity has prophesies that have already been fulfilled. I would urge you to try and find another religion that has predicted the future as often and accurately, but if you want to save some time, just take my word for it—no religion has predicted the future like Christianity has.
  4. The Bible is well supported. It’s likely that if you are not a Christian you don’t believe this, but if you don’t, you have no right to accept the validity of any other ancient text. The way an ancient text is validated is by its number of early manuscripts and how accurately those manuscripts were written compared to the original copy. In other words, if an ancient text is found and there are only three manuscripts written seven hundred years after the original was written—it’s not an overly reliable manuscript. The Bible however, has more manuscripts than any other ancient text. Further, these Biblical manuscripts date much closer to the events recorded than the manuscripts for any other ancient text. Therefore the Bible can be trusted as both reliable and valid.
  5. Christianity explains the human condition. Most people will agree that the world is broken and that things are not as they should be—people can be evil. Christianity not only agrees, but gives an explanation for the evil, suffering, guilt, depression, anger, and death we as humans experience. It makes sense of the world around us. Christians don’t wonder why humans are capable of doing wicked things, why there is suffering and pain, or why this world is so broken. Living with an understanding of why things are the way they are can give insight into life’s greatest trials—making this aspect of Christianity highly valuable.
  6. Christianity offers grace—this is my favorite reason. Grace is getting something good that you don’t deserve. Maybe you don’t know this, but no other major religion offers humans free grace. Instead, other religions tell humans what they have to do in order to find favor with God. Surprisingly, Christianity is the only major religion that tells humans they can do nothing to merit God’s favor. It goes on to say that God gives acceptance freely through His Son Jesus. Grace was costly to God, but it’s free to mankind. Grace is a powerful characteristic that’s offered only in Christianity.

For me, the choice is clear, but I fully understand that the battle for purpose in your life is not a mental battle alone. It’s a battle that encompasses every aspect of your wonderfully complicated human soul. If you find yourself searching for truth, doubting yourself, and wondering where to turn—there is hope.

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