Sunday, December 1, 2013

Why Am I a Christian?

I am not naturally religious. I easily identify with the atheist who considers the world’s immense suffering gives little evidence of a superior being, or the postmodernist who sees Christianity as one religion among many, and adapts or invents one according to personal logic.

Or, like the secularist, it is easy to accept that some higher power brought the world into being, but life generally belies the fact that God is still involved in our sorry state. Then I’d be a practical atheist—believing in God but living as though He didn’t exist.

So why am I a Christian? Those who lack the experience of a Christian home may inherit a scepticism that inoculates them from considering Christ’s claims. I grew up in a Christian home that gave me a view of Christianity from the inside and I lacked the disadvantage of the popular critical view.

Eventually, I discovered the Bible carried its own authority and gave the only meaningful explanation of life as we know it. Further, it squarely faces the problem of evil and provides a remedy, for its cause and its cure. All other philosophies pale in comparison.

But emotion still played a part. At ten years of age, the crucifixion of Christ impressed on me the depth of God’s love compelling me to decide for Him. The advancing years have proved the Bible’s wisdom and authenticity.

Today, happily married for fifty eight years, I enjoy the companionship of a close and growing family, a continuing purposeful life and confidence for the future, here and hereafter. I place my gratitude firmly in God who drew me into His family and His legacy of wisdom for life.


Rod Partington said...

Well said! I have also been getting all kinds of challenging thoughts the last couple of years but the bottom line is that no matter what happens or how hopeless things seem to be, God, through His Son somehow always seems to get me (us) through. I certainly don't (can't)understand but I do my level best to TRUST. I do admit it is really hard to do at times but I find it is oh so worth hanging on and growing in Christ. God Bless You Bryan and Ann. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Norfords' Ramblings said...

Hi Rod:
Good to hear from you.
I'm sure that cancer has had its attempts to take away your faith--sickness is one of Satan's tools to deceive us.
As long as Satan has his limited dominion, the world will suffer, and individuals like us will be caught up in it. But as you say, trust--I call it raw faith--is all we have, and I commend you for your persistent faithfulness.
if you an send me your mailing address, I'd love to send you a copy of my prostate cancer journey, That does have a happy ending so far, and we thank God for his faithfulness to us.
We're sure in some way you will also experience God's faithfulness, especially this Christmas.