I am a Christian. Okay, let’s be honest here, I am a Jesus Super Freak! For me, Jesus is more than a best friend, He is my everything and it is because of Him that I have everything. Let’s get one simple thing out of the way at the very beginning, throughout this post you will see me capitalize every reference to Jesus Christ, even the pronouns. Why? Because, for me, it is a deep matter of the deepest, truest respect. I believe in Jesus Christ and not only what He did on this earth, but also what He did to sin, death and Hell. He wiped them clean! At the moment of the death of Jesus Christ, I believe Hell was completely emptied and everyone who didn’t believe prior was set free. Ever since that moment, we all have a choice to make and I hope with this post to explain why I feel that is so.
First of all, we need to understand the culture of the time of Jesus Christ. It was a culture that was deep in verbal stories. They were important because it was an oral culture. Stories and how events happened needed to be memorized so they could be told to someone who could write them down. Computers and voice records? Not around. It was a culture that was balanced on getting things right for future generations by oral means.
There has been found more than thirty-thousand hand written manuscripts of the life of Jesus christ OUTSIDE of The Bible! Thirty-Thousand. On would ask, “with that many manuscripts, how can we be sure they were all copied right? Well, if you know anything about Greek culture which is the culture that copied most of these manuscripts you would understand that Greek is not at all like English. The order of the words does not matter. In English it is a big difference where we put the words, but it still means the same thing in Greek because the subject is ALWAYS the same. Secondly, the only other copied manuscript from that time that comes close to the number of copies made is Homer’s Illiad. No one EVER disputes the validity of THAT story, I wonder why? Could it be because your eternal soul doesn’t hang in the balance of whether Homer’s Illiad is accurate and true? See, The Bible has an Eternal impact on your soul. Or, at least that is what people believe. It’s not The Bible that has an eternal impact on your soul, but what you do with Jesus Christ and His gift to you.
Comparing the Gospels to other written works such as Josephus is also an area we must look at when showing validity of my faith. Josephus was a historian writer during the time of Jesus Christ and his manuscripts were not even copied or translated until the eleventh and twelfth century!! That is more than A THOUSAND YEARS!!
So, okay, there is enough manuscript evidence to show that The Bible is accurate and what was written is based upon what people witnessed. I could go further, but I could be writing for days. If you want the best evidence for Christianity read The Case For Christ written by an Atheist (well, he was an atheist when he started) Lee Strobel. Three-hundred and sixty-seven pages that put Jesus Christ on trial and in the end, He is the winner.
I feel I have gotten off track here though. The question was asked, why do I believe? Besides the historical evidence I feel there is biological evidence as well. Consider the giraffe. This animal has a neck that can reach 18 feet tall. Now, with a neck that long it needs a blood supply to its brain to support function, does it not? Yes, it does. Can you imagine the head rush a giraffe would feel if it bent its head down to get a drink and all the blood rushed to its head? Its head would simply explode from all the blood rushing to it from that height. So, how did the first few thousand years of giraffe’s heads not explode if they needed to adapt the blood bladders in their necks that make bending down to get a drink of water possible? Simple answer, THEY DIDN’T… God created the giraffe with the blood bladders necessary from the first one through our present day giraffe’s. Evolution I do believe happens. A person changes from year to year due to their experiences and their thought processes that occur every minute of every day. That’s evolution.
Now, finally in this particular post I would like to dive into the final reason I believe in Jesus Christ and why I know He died for my sins and I am a new creation in Him. He said so. Throughout The Gospels Jesus Christ is put to the test by the day’s scholars and critics. He always answer’s them with I Am. Jesus KNEW that He Is God. He KNEW. And He never shied away from saying He Is God. Now, if you do not believe that Jesus Christ is who He says He is you must at this very moment deny Him forever and say He was nothing more than a mad man with an arrogance that has before or since ever been matched. He is calling out to you now and wants you to know that He paid the price in full. All we have to do is believe, but the choice is still yours. I believe simply because I have thirty-eight years experiences that I could dive into here if you wish that, to me, proves God is who He says He is and Jesus Christ is the bridge to God who died for me and all of us on the cross. But, the story doesn’t even come close to ending there. No! Jesus Christ took all the pain and anguish of the world on Himself and defeated Satan once and for all. His story is still living out today through each and every one of us. His story is still being played out when every single chromosome is etched together in perfect beauty to show His Glory. His story is still being played out in every leaf that returns to its tree every spring. Every babbling brook that springs forth every season after being stopped cold is proof to me that He is real! The simple fact that I was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect which could have killed me time and time again, but hasn’t is proof enough for me that God is real and He has purpose for me. You ask Why Do I Believe? I believe because I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES! I believe because there is absolutely NO REASON not to. I see a world so perfectly woven together that there has to be God. There is more than enough historical evidence to prove Jesus Christ not only existed, but still lives today. And more evidence is being found every single day.
Faith is the evidence of things unseen. I have faith that Gravity exists. I have faith that it is oxygen that I breathe. I have faith that I am using a computer to type this blog post. I have faith that I am listening to music as I type this. Why do I believe? Because it is simply so. Some things are true, whether you believe them or not. But all beliefs have consequences. All actions have equal and opposite reactions. I am hoping that my post today has cause you to react with asking Jesus into your heart. Let me ask you one simple question, if you believe in Heaven, but you do not believe in Jesus Christ being the only way to get there, How is it measured who gets to go and who doesn’t? What is the benchmark you reach for? See, with Jesus Christ I don’t have to reach a benchmark. I just simply have to believe that He died, He rose, He was witnessed by more than SEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE THREE DAYS AFTER HIS CRUCIFIXION and He now lives in each one of us who chose to believe. Do you want to start a new relationship today? It’s simple to do.
Jesus, I believe, I know I am a sinner and I cannot reach you by my own standards and my own methods. Jesus I ask you to come into my life right now and show me you. I ask you to show me all of your Grace because I cannot make it on my own. Jesus Christ, I admit I need you in my life right now. Come into my life and clean me and make me the creation you wish me to be. AMEN.
If you prayed that, welcome to the family and get ready for the ride of your life. It won’t be easy, it won’t be pain free. Not everything is going to be handed to you by Jesus from now on, but you can rest in the knowledge that He is there with you and He will never let you down. And I can tell you from experience, He will offer you a change that you never saw coming! I have been a believer for about ten years now. I always said I was before, but I never experienced the change. Do I still fall? Sure. I am human my ways are not His ways, but I know that each time I return to Him, I am a forgiven son! And you can be a forgiven son or daughter of Him too! All you need to do is believe and I promise, if you believe fully… You will experience a change you never thought possible. Why do I believe? Because I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES! AMEN~!