Since we’re relaunching the site, we’re going to spend a few weeks discussing each viewpoint. Today, Aaron chimes in with three reasons he believes in the Christian God:
I’ve been immersed in Christianity all my life. My faith is my own. I don’t believe because my parents told me to. I have researched the core beliefs of Christianity, and have found them to be true. Here are the three main reasons I believe what I believe, the reasons that make Christianity reasonable:
THE COMPLEXITY OF THE UNIVERSE
From the complexity of subatomic particles to the almost daily discoveries from the edges of the universe that we can currently observe, to say our universe is complex is an understatement. Take our planet. Earth just happens to be in the “butter zone” of our solar system where life not only survives, but thrives. Earth’s atmosphere and biosphere are unmatched (as far as we know) for thriving life. The complexity of all living things, from their life processes to the makeup of DNA, continues to amaze and astound us. Knowing that we’ve only begun to unlock the complexities of the human genome and how it works boggles the mind. Does this prove that the Christian God exists? No. But science cannot explain how life supposedly arose from non-living substances. Science also has yet to explain how something came from nothing. To me, it requires more “faith” to believe that matter is eternal or that our version of the universe is just one of innumerable cycles of the universe than it does to believe in the existence of God.
MANKIND’S LONGING FOR SOMETHING GREATER
Every civilization in history has had some belief in deity. The point of this post isn’t to argue which beliefs are right or wrong. It is simply to affirm that mankind in general has always believed in the divine. Those who have chosen not to believe have always been in the minority. Does this prove that the Christian God exists? No. But it may be a clue that we were designed to connect with that which created us.
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
This is the reason I believe in the Christian God and no other. We’ve dealt with the resurrection in multiple posts (Part 1, Part 2, the Conversation). To summarize, the resurrection of Jesus is attested to by the gospel accounts in the Bible, extra-biblical accounts from ancient secular historians, eyewitness testimony, the willingness of the original apostles of Jesus to die for proclaiming his resurrection, the explosive growth and cultural impact of the early church–all of these point to the plausibility of the resurrection of Jesus. If it is true, then it deserves our consideration. And if it is true, then no other belief system can match it because no other belief system has a God who has died and come back from death in real time and space history.