How Can You Trust Christianity Is True if You Haven't Examined All the Alternatives?

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Jim's picture

 

  • I John 4:19, "We love Him because He first [πρῶτος] loved us." God initiated the relationship
  • John 12:38 citing Isaiah, "... to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
  • John 6:44, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him"
  • John 17:9, "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours."
Wayne Wilson's picture

While I know that logic and reason are insufficient to convert someone, I do encourage thinking people to consider the alternatives.  But the giant search through thousands of claims isn't really necessary. The big questions can really be boiled down to only a few real alternatives.

There are three questions to answer:  Is there a God?  if so, has He spoken?  If so, where has He spoken?

Four possible major worldviews:

                                       1. Materialism

                                       2. Theism

                                       3. Pan-theism

                                       4. Paganism  (animism, or many small gods)

Which worldview best explains the world you live in?   You can make a compelling case that Theism is the best explanation, and that leaves four choices:

                                       1. Ethical monotheism

                                       2. Judaism

                                       3. Christianity

                                       4. Islam

Jesus wins by comparison.

I know --- simplistic.  But I've never really had anyone offer other claimants. Can you think of any?