Sooner or later you’ll hear us talk stuff about Jesus, and you might be wondering what the deal is. Maybe you think Christianity is fine for some people, but it’s not for you. Or maybe you think belief in Jesus is just for crazy or stupid people? Maybe you think science has done away with religion?
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” C S Lewis
Why did C.S. Lewis – once an ardent atheist – say this? Because he was convinced about the truth of Jesus.
1 – Jesus really lived as a man
Some people will tell you that Jesus is a myth; if you’re tempted to go along with that view, we’d love you to at least check out the facts before you make up your mind. The vast majority of scholars – Christian and non-Christian – agree that Jesus was a real person in history.
2 – Jesus is God
Just because Jesus lived, that doesn’t necessarily prove he was God, right? Maybe he was just an inspiring teacher, a famous but unhinged guy from the past, or a moralistic bigot? A lot of people will say that unless something can be proven they won’t believe it. And we totally get that ‘proving’ the existence of God is kind of a tricky one. Especially if you imagine God as some far-off ethereal being – we don’t know anyone who’s yet been able to put him into a test tube or under a microscope.
But what if God is not just some far-off ethereal being? If we accept that Jesus really lived, and the claims about him being God are true, then that means God actually walked on this earth. It means God came close enough for people to see, hear, touch and experience him.
So what are these claims? We think the case that Jesus is God is stacked up on some pretty impressive credentials – the way he lived (and died and rose from the dead), the things he said, the stuff that’s been written about him (even before he was born), and the impact he had and still has. If Jesus was just ‘any guy’ from history, why are so many people still raving about him? Surely he should have been forgotten long ago?
3 – Jesus is unique
OK, so if you’ve got this far, based on 1 & 2, Jesus was really a man and also was really God. That’s unique. But so what? Maybe you think the idea of Jesus being unique isn’t important to you. Maybe you think it’s arrogant or exclusive?
Two questions for you – ‘What is your life for?’ and ‘How do you deal with all the bad stuff inside?’
Let’s be honest, we all have bad stuff going on inside us – fear, frustration, guilt, bitterness, anger, shame, pain and hurt, habits or addictions – the question is, what do you do with yours? You can turn to any number of places, people or behaviours that try to help you work that stuff off – physical, spiritual or emotional. But in the end, it’s you against your own destiny – the answer lies within you. If you fail it’s because you didn’t try hard enough.
Now, we don’t know about you, but that’s kind of unsatisfying. It’s like eating a takeaway and being full an hour later. There’s a gap – we want to live life to its fullest but we’re left with a sense of frustration or futility because we never quite seem to ‘arrive’ where we want to go to. C.S Lewis puts it like this:
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
What if it’s not about ‘winning or losing’ on your own merit? What if it’s about someone giving you unmerited favour – what the bible calls ‘grace.’
The greatest act of grace ever is Jesus stepping into our world – He’s unique because He alone offers us a cast-iron solution to our most basic needs – acceptance, love and forgiveness.
Jesus is waiting for you
Jesus is not just in the past. And He’s not just for some people in the present. He’s here for everyone for the eternal future. For your eternal future. No decision you ever make will be as important as the decision you make about Jesus. As C. S. Lewis, who was once an ardent atheist, wrote:
What will you choose?
If you want to explore this more, check out the following links:
- Ravi Zacharias has summed up the subject nicely here – Deep Questions (article) or How do you know Christianity is the one true worldview? (video).
- Here’s a video/article about relativism and what makes Christianity different from Theology in Sneakers
- And there’s an impressive stack of stuff at BeThinking.org about the uniqueness of Jesus.