Good Reasons for Believing in Jesus


“The perceptual/mental/conscience-basis for believing in biblical Christianity can be arrived at by a few simple observations and a few self-evident truths. 1) You see life, consciousness, and beauty; you consider the structure of DNA and the design of the cell, and you experience awe and wonder at the unfathomable interconnected complexity of the human brain; you see the incredible diversity of animal, fish, bird, vegetation, and insect life; and you see the seemingly endless stars and galaxies in the night sky. And you ~know~ there is an all-powerful God who designed and created these things out of nothing. You know that He is all-powerful because of the things you can see that exist. God doesn’t need to appear in front of you for you to have powerful irrefutable evidence for His existence. 2) You know that God is holy and good because you have a strong inborn sense of what is right and good–and what is wrong and evil. Where did you get that sense? 3) Furthermore, you recognize, according to Scripture, that the creation has been cursed by God because of man’s sin, with: death, pain, disease, aging, corruption, decay, rust, thorns, and imperfections of all kinds. 4) You know you have done things that were not holy and good: sins and evil. (1 through 4 are observable facts.) 5) You fear, from the holy God: judgment, punishment, death and Hell for your sins, for your evil thoughts and deeds, and for your wrongdoing. 6) You hear the Gospel of Christ and you know that the man Jesus Christ, God incarnate, died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, and that He rose again on the third day, conquering sin, death, and Hell. You sense Jesus’ unique love, goodness and truth. You know from Scripture that you are, through faith in Christ, forgiven by God, saved, indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and destined for Heaven. (7) You know these six things by grace, faith, observation, conscience, thinking, and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.”

–Curtis Smale

It All Boils Down To This


 

Spiritually, everything boils down to this: having faith in the God-man Jesus, crucified on the cross for all sins, and resurrected, for our salvation; loving God, and loving and forgiving others as yourself, as Jesus loves; believing and following the Word and Spirit as a redeemed child of God, by His grace; and eagerly looking forward to Jesus’ Return and Our Father’s promise of Heaven–our destiny.

–Curtis Smale

How Do We Know Our Faith Is True?


There is a knowing of the intuition, of the human spirit. When it involves leading toward salvation, this knowing is given by God’s grace and by His Spirit. This knowing validates certain truths that must accepted by faith, because they cannot be proven.

But no one can, or does, live without faith.

One or the other of these ideas is true: either there is a Creator God separate from creation, or there isn’t.

My conscience and intuition approve of the faith proposition that ~there is~ a God.

The second question is whether there is objective morality.

If there is, and I am led to believe that there is, because of that objective morality, there must be a holy God who rewards good and punishes evil–else, why make a law?

And the moral law certainly exists.

Our problem is that we are all sinners. We, all humans, have broken God’s Moral Law, and we continue to sin. We are imperfect no matter what we do.

The third thing is that it was revealed to humanity by the Creator God, the Lawgiver God, that God Himself incarnated as a man, He died for all of the sins of every human being, crucified on a Roman cross about 2,000 years ago, He was buried… and He was resurrected from death to life on the third day, never to die again.

By faith in Christ you are saved from sin, death, and Hell.

Through faith in Him, you are made perfect and holy, without any good works of your own of any kind, and you are fit for entrance into Heaven.

And, by reliance on Him as your Sanctification, you are sanctified and can be made practically holy to whatever extent, now, here on earth.

Curtis Smale