Why am I a Christian? There is no one forcing me to believe in God or to be a Christian. While I grew up in a Christian home, my parents are long dead. I do not have to worry about hurting or offending them. Being a Christian does not grant to me any special privilege at work or in society. Nor has it given me a nicer home or bigger bank account.
Being a Christian puts me at odds with the secular culture that surrounds me. I am exposed to arguments against the reality of God, the reliability of the Bible and the sanity of Christianity. And I have to admit that while some of these arguments are foolish, others are reasonable and well thought out. Arguments that I sometimes have no answer for.
I am an engineer by trade and have made my living by thinking and reasoning. I enjoy the study of modern science and have no issue with any of its findings. So how come I still hold on to a supposedly outdated concept like Christianity and its God, who also supposedly loves me.
Why I Believe
I believe in God by faith. I know that there is no way to scientifically prove that God exists or that he cares for me. But I do so by choice. I have chosen to accept the offer that God extends to all men to enter into a relationship with him. I originally chose this relationship from a desire to have what I saw in others. And I choose to continue in this relationship because I have found it to be good. He has become very real to me. I encounter him frequently in times of prayer and meditation as well as in Bible study. And I see him working in the lives of people around me. None of the reasons that I can give would likely convince someone who was demanding scientific proof. But together, they have proven convincing to me.
Believing in God provides me with a sense of purpose. I know that ultimately I am not alone. And I am sure that God has created me for a purpose, both in this life and in the eternity to follow. I do not claim to know what that purpose in eternity is, but it does give me assurance. I am not just an insignificant life tucked away in a remote corner of the universe. Rather I am a part of the purpose of Him who created all that we see around us. That purpose affects how I live my life now. I live to serve my Lord and God, attempting to please him, living in obedience to his word.
The Witness of the Bible
I am a Christian because of the Bible. And I have found that this book, written by simple men two to three thousand years ago, speaks to my heart and mind. It describes my own actions and feelings and struggles as well as providing an explanation for much of what happens in the world around me. It provides me with direction for living my life. I have found that when I follow its direction that I have peace of mind. When I choose not to follow it, that peace is missing.
The Bible describes God in a way that I find to be rational and true to my limited experience. I can not make the claim that other ‘holy’ writings do not also do this since I have not read most of them. But the Bible has convinced me that it is inspired. And the God that it proclaims is the God that I have given my life to.
A Rational Belief
While I have chosen to believe in God, and do so by faith rather than because of any empirical evidence, I do believe that this belief is rational and reasonable. To me, at least, it makes sense. I have found that my belief in God compliments and enhances my belief in science and its findings. I do not find them in conflict at all. Rather every finding that helps me to understand the creation and its workings better, gives me a greater appreciation for my creator. I am thankful to the scientists, whether Christian, atheist or somewhere in between, who help me to know God better.
In summary, I have found Christianity to be a good life. And it is a life that I would wish for all of you.
The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.
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