Saturday, October 15, 2016

What does the world look like to a Christian?

Here are my assumptions, my presuppositions, (the lenses through which I see the world, if you will): 

1. I believe there is a God. This first great assumption comes from my observations of nature and myself. Because there is order in the universe, something must have given this universe order. Design requires a designer. Inside me there is a sense of right and wrong that comes from a moral lawgiver.
2. I believe the God who is there has revealed Himself through the Bible. The starting point of Christian apologetics is the Bible. To leap from the belief that there is a God to the belief that this God who created us is the One seen in the Bible requires faith. The evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus sustains this faith.

3. I believe, based on the Bible, that God created me with a purpose. Not only is God There, He also is a God that Cares. He did not simply create, He also sticks around and is intimately concerned with what is happening in the world today and cares individually for what is going on in my life. The first man was originally created in the image of God in order to have fellowship with God, but because of sin (disobedience to God’s commands), this fellowship was broken.

4. I believe, based on the Bible, that it is possible for me to have a relationship with God. Since God cares about me, He wants to have a relationship with me. This relationship is not only possible, it is also a relationship that I experience on a daily basis.
5. I believe, based on the Bible, that this relationship with God begins when I make Jesus Christ the Lord of my life. The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21). The day I cried out to Jesus was the day that my relationship with God began. I chose to trust in Christ in response to the drawing of the Holy Spirit.

6. I believe, based on the Bible, that humanity is sinful and that Jesus provided for the salvation of humankind through His death on a cross and resurrection from the dead. The sin of humankind is obvious. People lie, cheat, steal, and have hate in their heart for their brothers. Reinhold Niebuhr said, “The doctrine of original sin is the only empirically verifiable doctrine of the Christian faith.” The Bible says, “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23). The Bible also says, “…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

7. I believe, based on Jesus’ instructions in the Bible, that it is my responsibility to tell humanity about the salvation that is available to all who call on Jesus for salvation. This seventh belief is the reason why I am writing this book. I want you to put your faith in God and to start living for Him. Your life will be better if you decide to trust God.