There are many good, kind hearted, generous people in the world who simply have a hard time believing that Jesus is God and that the only way to get into Heaven is to put your faith in Him so that you can be presented blameless before the Father.
If you’re in this boat, or any variation of it, rest assured that you’re not alone. It’s actually a good thing to seek clarity here because the lower your level of understanding the deeper your faith would need to be.
This is especially true for atheists who simply must have an enormous amount of faith in order to believe that there is design without a designer, moral law without a moral law giver and creation without a creator.
Some of the most well renowned Christians either started out in other religions or even in total unbelief.
C.S. Lewis, famed author of the Narnia books started out as an atheist and then ended up becoming one of the most widely read Christian authors of all time. Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist who has fearlessly debated some of the most devout non-Christians around the world are just a couple of names you may have already heard of.
So what made them change their mind?
Many Christians make the mistake of thinking that THEY convert people to our faith. Not so. It’s the Holy Spirit that does that. We merely attempt to lead you to Him. So don’t see these blog posts as an attempt by yet another Christian to convince you to follow Christ. I just want to make sure you have all the info before you choose your path.
To be perfectly honest I’m actually very hopeful and excited for you right now because if you’ve read this far into the article then it’s possible that the conversation has started in your head. That’s a good thing 🙂
Christian faith is actually quite a logical proposition and if the Holy Spirit is speaking to you right now but things don’t seem to be quite fitting together for you, the divide between belief and unbelief can often be bridged by knowledge. There are a few things you need to do:
- Figure out what you DO believe right now. You’ll be amazed how revealing this little exercise can be. Then simply ask yourself why you believe these things?
- Figure out what you DON’T believe. Why don’t you believe these things?
- Start doing some research. Do a search for Ravi Zacharias either on his website or on YouTube. He’s is excellent at answering some of the toughest questions on the subject of Christianity. Also check out Revive Our Hearts by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. An excellent study of God’s Word.
One thing I see over and over again in people who struggle with unbelief or worse, people who believe certain things in the Bible but not others, is that the order of things is usually the same.
Many of these people choose how they want to live first and THEN seek a belief system that aligns with those desires. This is really convenient but it’s only a way to avoid being taught by the Holy Spirit. This is an approach based on serving self which is why it never leads to fulfillment. Ever met someone with a constant need to volunteer or donate money to feel good about themself?
Christians actually take the opposite approach.
Out of the fulfillment that comes from serving Christ, a true Christian will feel led to serve others. So the fulfillment is the cause not the consequence. And it lasts forever.
Of course if you really want to know more about God and why Christian beliefs make perfect sense, there is no better way than attending a Bible teaching church and reading the Bible for yourself. Joining a small group is also a good way to have access to folks who can either answers questions right away or direct you to someone who can.