Why Christianity? Part 3-Philosophy
How do I know the Bible and Christianity are true? Quite frankly, it’s because if I were to reject Biblical Christianity, my worldview would be reduced to absurdity. Reality is only intelligible within the Christian framework.
Let’s start with something basic that only Christianity can account for, induction. The law of induction basically states that the future is going to reflect the past. For example, tomorrow when you get out of bed you are going to expect your feet to hit the floor. You would not expect to fly off the ground and hit the ceiling. Why is this so? You may say the law of gravity. That’s correct, but who is to say the law of gravity should be in affect tomorrow?
Well, gravity worked yesterday and the day before that and a thousand years before that, so shouldn’t it logically follow that it will work tomorrow? Actually no, as philosophers such as Bertrand Russel and David Hume have pointed out, you cannot prove the future is going to reflect the past because of the past since it is circular reasoning.
However, the Christian worldview has a justification for induction. Namely, that God upholds these laws and provides the basis for the uniformity in nature. Hebrews 1:3 tells us Jesus upholds “all things by the word of His power”. Also, Colossians 1:17 tells us that Christ holds together all things. It is only Christian Theism that can account for induction and our lawful universe.
Another area that is only intelligible within Christianity would be the laws of logic. Logic is universal (has the same application everywhere), immaterial, and unchanging. From a Christian perspective, we can justify the basis of the laws of logic. They reflect God’s nature. John 1:1 states that the Word was God. In the Greek, “Word” is Logos, which can also mean logic.
In 1 Corinthians 1:20, the Apostle Paul asks a rhetorical question: “Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world?” All people have presuppositions, all people have worldviews, biases…etc. They all need to be tested, not just one and not the other. In order to show the absurdity of denying the God of Scripture, ask the non-Christian if knowledge is even possible to obtain if thoughts are wired within our neurochemistry. When worldviews oppose one another, you must question which one is correct. Both cannot be correct, because contradictions are automatically false (law of non- contradiction). A simple topic to ask the professed atheist about is the “preconditions of intelligibility.” This means the ability of one to explain the universality of laws of logic, uniformity in nature, and reality of moral absolutes.
An excellent statement to expose the fallacy of atheism is to mention the fact that absolute truth exists. The non- Christian of course will deny this, but the very denial is done absolutely! “Is it absolutely true that absolute truth doesn’t exist?” They’ll claim this as semantics, but it’s valid and extremely persuasive. The fact that absolute truth exists means that in order for us humans to have the ability to obtain even just one truth claim that’s absolute, we must either:
1. Have infinite knowledge
2. Know someone who does
Obviously we don’t have infinite knowledge. Therefore, the only logical possibility is to posit the existence of a being that does have infinite knowledge. However, in order for this being to have infinite knowledge, the being must be infinite by nature (also immutable, timeless…etc.). Infinity is a metaphysical “state” and thus this being must also be metaphysical (aka supernatural). This being must also, since to truly have infinite knowledge one must know about what’s outside of the universe (if anything), be transcendent. So far, this being is all knowing, immutable, eternal, transcendent, supernatural and all powerful (since it takes infinite power to be able to store all knowledge). Sounds very familiar… Just like the God of Scripture!
It cannot be the Islamic god, since Allah isn’t personable and therefore cannot be responsible for all humans having this revelation of absolute truth. This being cannot be anything Hinduistic, since they believe that their deities are only within reality (not beyond it) and that all things are illusory. This being cannot be a pagan god like in wicca, since their deities are universe bound, and aren’t portrayed as all knowing, all powerful…etc. This being cannot be any of the Greek or Roman gods since they’re all portrayed to be bound within the universe, and are portrayed as not being completely eternal (they were created at some point). We can easily go on and on. The only logical conclusion is the God of Scripture. The God spoken about in Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14 and Revelation 1:8! We must not argue to prove the existence of God, but rather start off with the presupposition that God does in fact exist. There is no question of “could you be wrong?” in this instance, because the very question presupposes a standard of knowledge, which presupposes absolute truth and then we’re back to square one. God exists, no ifs ands or buts.
Besides being the sole worldview which can account for induction and logic, only Christianity can account for the depths of human behavior. It is evident that we live in a messed up world. In order to escape the evil and corruption around us, humans have invented their own methods of attaining goodness and happiness. Any world system that says man is basically good and may reach the divine or attain happiness through good works is religion.
The problem is, all humans are evil and cannot cross the gap between this corrupted world and God on their own. They need God to reach down and cross the gap for them. This is why the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is so powerful. Since all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23), no human could be in God’s holy presence after they died. That is why God became a man and died on the cross for the sins of the world. He then defeated death by rising from the dead. Now, whoever believes in Him will receive the free gift of salvation because of the works of Christ.
You may have heard the phrase “Jesus died for my sins” before. I completely agree. However, the meaning behind this phrase is that Jesus took on your sins so you could take on His righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” For those who have repented and trusted in Jesus, God now looks at them as He would His sinless Son, holy and righteous. Jesus was punished and died so you don’t have to if you trust Him.
In conclusion, it is inescapable that the Bible and Christianity are true. Sometimes, the problem people have with the Bible is not the evidence supporting it, but what it says about them. Since repentance comes before a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25), it is time for them to put away the pride and trust King Jesus.