On the Christian Faith

All humans have a God-shaped hole in their heart that they will fill – either with God or with replacements. Christianity not only fulfills this innate desire, it is the only true way for humanity to connect with God. All other religions are shadows of the truth and mislead the practitioner away from connection with God. The existence of God is plainly obvious through observing the complexity of creation. The supremacy of Christ as the only path towards connection with God is revealed through his sacrifice on the cross. Once Christ is accepted, his grace remediates every deformity within us, and shows us a new, better, righteous, way of life.

The Only Way: When pondering the supernatural in relation to the vast expressions of human existence, it’s easy to wonder why Christians are so insistent that Christ is the only way. The reason is simple; every other religion approaches salvation in an opposite way. With Christianity, its’s about our acceptance of what Christ did for us. In other religions, it’s about a god’s acceptance of what the mislead practitioner does.

Shadows of the Truth: Every person has a form of godliness in their life, however their expression is always lacking in some way. C.S. Lewis addressed this issue;

“I could not believe Christianity if I were forced to say that there were a thousand religions in the world of which 999 were pure nonsense in the thousandth (fortunately) true. My conversion, very largely, dependent on recognizing Christianity as the completion, the actualization, the entelechy, of something that had never been wholly absent from the mind of man.”

Like most people, I didn’t know what entelechy meant, so here is Britannica’s definition; “that which realizes or makes actual what is otherwise merely potential.” In essence, the fulfillment of our godliness is only realized completely in Christ.

The Existence of God: Lewis’ argument is similar to what Paul wrote in Romans 1:19-20:

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

As Paul states, “the things that have been made” display clearly “what can be known about God”. When observing the complexity of life, it’s hard to believe the world wasn’t intelligently designed. The prevailing scientific argument to explain life is that it started out as a lucky assemblage of proteins in a primordial sea, and then time and natural selection took care of the rest. To me, this argument falls short. Life is so complex that it can only be explained by intelligent design.

Sacrifice on the Cross: And now to the crux of the matter; Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Christ died, he rose again, and his spirit was made available to the whole world.

A New Way of Life: There are difference in our behavior before and after salvation. Without God, we do not have a solid anchor with which to base our life. Behaviors that run contrary to a better way of life are not acknowledged as wrong, because we do not have a knowledge that they are wrong. We gain this knowledge from study of the bible and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Even the foundations of agnostic law are based in biblical principles because their truth is so plainly obvious; murder, theft, false witness, etc. After salvation, a new way of life becomes clear. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to change our behaviors. Paul describes this well in Galatians 5:

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Conclusion: Every human should accept Christ as their savior, repent of their sins, and follow Christ.

Further Reading: For people curious about the faith and for those who are already Christians, Galatians 5 is an excellent bible chapter to read. Link: Galatians 5

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