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Why follow Jesus and Chrsitianity?

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When people ask, “How’d you choose Christianity? Why not Mormonism?” (Or any other religion).

We need to give more than just subjective answers. Some examples of subjective answers would be:

“I just feel it’s true.”
“I get a feeling of peace when I pray.”
“I’ve had an experience.”
“I grew up in the church.”
“Jesus gives me joy.”
“Ever since I became a Christian, my life has straightened out. I used to be a bad person.”

Don’t you think a Mormon (I’m not picking on Mormons specifically, just using them as an example today) would say the exact same thing? Of course they do!

We need to be ready to give people some OBJECTIVE answers and tell them WHY we believe what we believe (1Peter 3:15).

Some examples of objective answers would be,

“The Bible is the only scientifically accurate religious book.”
“There’s reliable eyewitness accounts within the Bible.”
“All of the places and names of people and rulers of different areas have been confirmed by sources outside of the Bible.”
“The Bible is the only book that contains hundreds of specific, accurately fulfilled prophecies.”

Now, let’s try looking at Mormonism. How does it compare?

The Book of Mormon is full of problems. It contradicts the Bible (which it claims to follow). It contains (a lot of) false prophecy. Many doctrinal and grammatical changes have been made since its initial publishing in 1830. It contains extensive plagiarism of the King James Version of the Bible. Independent, non-Mormon archaeological verification is absolutely lacking (the Bible has more than plenty). The Book of Mormon is full of scientific problems. The open-minded individual who is willing to follow the evidence (or in this case, severe lack of evidence) wherever it leads can easily see that the Book of Mormon is an early nineteenth-century piece of American fiction.

That, my friends, is why I believe Christianity is true. It is also the same reason that I don’t believe others.

Overwhelming amounts of evidence for the Bible. Severe lack of evidence for other world religions.

Which one is right?

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Just one, (of many) reasons you can trust the claims of the Bible over other world religions.

The Bible is accurate geographically, historically, and scientifically. For example…

-In one of the oldest books in the Bible, Job said more than 4000 years ago that the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7). Scientists didn’t discover that fact until 1650! Hindus believed that the earth rested on the back of an elephant that stood on the back of a turtle that was swimming in a great endless sea.

-The Qur’an, written in the seventh century AD, says that the sun sets in a muddy spring (Surah 18:86). But 1700 years before Muhammad, David said the sun is actually on a circuit “from one end of heaven…to the other end” (Psalm 19:6).

The Bible has been proven accurate in all its claims. In fact, it has been ahead of the scientific world on a lot of discoveries. It isn’t up until recently that the scientific community has began to understand the scientific principles listed in the Bible. Nothing archaeologically or scientifically has ever proven the Bible wrong.

The same can’t be said about other religious books. Why would you believe something that has been proven false?

Not everyone can be right

Here are some common things you might hear today;

“All religions lead to the same God.”

“There isn’t one true religion.”

“Every religion is right.”

Really?  Does that sound like good logical, common sense to anyone?  Lets look at these statements a little closer to see if this actually makes sense.

Can truth contradict itself?  No. You read this next paragraph and tell me if you see any contradictions…

     Buddhism is pantheistic and says there is no personal God, and everyone can reach “godlikeness” on his own. Islam says that Jesus was just a prophet and not the only way to God. Christianity says that there is a personal God and that the only way to Him is through Jesus (John 14:6).

  If these three religions are “all true”, or just “different paths to the same place”, then why do they contradict each other? Does truth contradict itself?

I honestly think the statements given earlier are just lazy attempts at answering a question you haven’t researched for yourself yet.  No, not every religion is the same.  No, not every religion has the truth.  I understand that in todays day and age, that will hurt peoples feelings.  “How dare you say I’m wrong!”  Well, deal with it.  Not everyone can be right.

Investigate for yourselves why you believe what you believe.

Blind faith?

Christians as a whole, usually have this notion that we are to have, “blind faith.” Or that we are to blindly follow Christ. Because of this common misconception, Christians often feel inadequate when their faith is challenged.  They are mocked because when they are asked why they believe in Jesus, they just say, “I have faith.” Many Christians aren’t properly prepared to give an answer to those who ask about what they believe (1 Peter 3:15).

God does not expect us to follow Him blindly or to abandon intellectual thinking or science in order to follow Him.

-The Bible tells us to “examine everything carefully” and to believe only that which is actually true (1 Thessalonians 5:21 NASB; see also Colossians 2:4).

-The Bible commends the people in the city of Berea for verifying that the words spoken by the apostle Paul were actually true (Acts 17:11).

-God desires that we use our minds and not just our hearts (Matthew 22:37). God says, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

-The Bible exhorts Christians to have answers for people with questions (1 Peter 3:15).

-God desires all people “to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

I challenge every Christian out there to ask yourself, “Why am I a Christian? Do I really believe what I say I do? Why did I choose Christianity over another religion? Could I defend my position against Mormonism, JW, Buddhists, ect…”