If you are reading this and don't call yourself a Christian, I welcome you! Maybe you're seeking truth and considering the Christian faith. To you I say there is no shortage of 'bad examples' of Christians in our world. It seems the media prefers to highlight bad examples of Christians rather than those who are more Christ-like in their words and deeds. In addition to this, there are stereotypes of what the Christian faith is about: "It's just a list of rules," "following God would take all the fun out of life," "they are all hypocrites."
As a non-Christian, you might think, "Why would I want any part of that?" The underlying questions you are likely asking are: "Do I like the Christian faith?" "Do I like the Church?" Well, these questions seem to make sense, but I beg you to reconsider. These are the wrong questions! The question must be: "IS IT TRUE?" You see, the Christian faith is based on claims within human history, claims within a certain culture at a certain time in a certain place, and there is evidence to support these claims.
The central claim of the Christian faith is that the One who created the heavens and the earth, visited us in the form of a human life. Yes, we believe Jesus was the visible image of the invisible God! So, is it true? Did God come? Has God been revealed in a way we can clearly understand? The New Testament of the Bible declares a bold, "YES" to these questions.
So if you're considering, "Is it true?" I urge you to get all the resources you can and dig deep. Find trusted friends who can help you on the journey. I would be happy to provide you with resources so you can properly 'weigh the evidence.' Please reach out to me: Greg@lifeinhisname.net. A couple resources that are easily accessible are,
1) The Privileged Planet (documentary on Youtube)
2) The Case for Christ (movie or book)
3) The New Testament, of course! (eyewitness accounts of Jesus' life ministry, death and resurrection).
The Apostles did not have audio or video technology, but with their voices they proclaimed and with pen and paper they recorded, and they shout to us across the centuries, "God loves you" and"Jesus is Lord of all!"
I came to believe in Jesus as the unique Son of God when I was 22-years-old, and am forever grateful. I did not experience it as 'a blind leap into the dark.' Rather, it was 'a measured step into the light'. The Christian faith is reasonable, but reason alone isn't quite enough. It is a step of faith to believe and receive Jesus as the One who rescues you from your failures, and breathes new life into you, as you commit to following Him.