By sifilings Mar 30 2014 TruthHow Can You Trust Christianity Is True if You Haven't Examined All the Alternatives? 1231 reads There are 4 Comments What alternatives must be examined, and to what extent? Larry Nelson - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:20am How much time, for example, should I spend "examining" Scientology before I can conclude it is pure, unadulterated hokum? (I'm thinking a split-second is likely enough.) Christian Science ... Jim - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:05am Christian Science like "Grape Nuts". Not Christian ... Not Science just like "Grape Nuts" are not "nut of the grape" Image of Grape seeds below ... the real "Grape Nuts" Twitter Jim's Doctrinal Statement Christianity is a revealed religion Jim - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:25am 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." Twitter Jim's Doctrinal Statement Good question Wayne Wilson - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:16pm 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?