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The reasons to believe

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POSTED: April 10, 2007 5:15 a.m.

Christianity involves a leap in the dark, right? Wrong! You thought faith meant the absence of reasons. But if you don’t have good reasons to believe in Christ, why place faith in Him? After all, the eternal welfare of your soul is at stake. So to act without any good reason is the height of stupidity.
The Bible exhorts, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). When we are asked for the reason for our hope, we do not say there are no reasons. The reason is that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. There is ample evidence of this.
For example, the apostle John saw Jesus after the resurrection. “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you,” says John (1 John 1:3). The apostle Paul said the resurrected Jesus “appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now” (1 Corinthians 15:6). You can fool some of the people some of the time. But were all five hundred of these people fooled? Doubtful.
So there is great reason for the hope of life after death. That hope is backed up by the evidence supporting Christ’s resurrection. Faith is not a leap in the dark.

 

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