I will begin with another question and answer based on an interaction with an individual on Reddit.
So here’s the question, before I completely abandon the religion all together, what is your best argument for believing in Christianity?
When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, he asks “Where is the Philosopher of this age?” He adds that, while the Jews demanded miracles, the Greeks sought wisdom, but we preached Christ crucified, which was a stumbling block to the Jewish people and foolishness to the Greeks (it is fair to think gentiles where it mentions the Greeks). He delivers an interesting point afterwards:
“…the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God…” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
Definitely read the parts I left out because it is quite beautiful. Essentially, what Paul is saying is that God chose the things that were foolish or weak or trivial to shame the wise or strong. For what reason? “…so that no one may boast before him [God].” I believe it is sufficient to only add a couple of words from Jesus, but this is, by no means, an exhaustive list:
- Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-20)
- Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)
Going back to Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, he offers something that we cannot ignore:
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)
So, this should give us pause for a moment. How many public teachers or apologists have taught that their belief is by virtue of their own discernment? There is and has been this perception for a very long time that we can come to faith in Christ because of the ability of our respective mental faculties that, by virtue of our ability, we can discern intellectually that Jesus is Lord, necessary for reconciliation, is the propitiation for our sins, rose from the dead, etc. There is a stark difference, however, between these baseless ideas and reality. One of our faults is trying to placate the demands of skepticism by trying to persuade from the respective skeptics familiar ground, yet it is the very thing they demand which continues to separate them from God. We are largely inclined to believe that, while our flesh is corrupted by sin in such a manner that we are eternally separated from God, our minds are intact in such a way so as to come to Christ by our own will. The Scripture, however, tells a different story. See, we learn through a study of God’s own Word that it is He who moves to us to be reconciled to Him. When the challenge for the best argument for the faith is made and, consequently, accepted, it can only be answered like this: we are insufficient to move to Him by virtue of our own power and, because of His unfathomable love for us, He moves, first, to us. Why? So that no man may boast, except only in Christ.
This is my “best” argument for the faith. If you want to truly understand, ask Him for it, because you will never be reasoned into heaven.