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Ten Reasons to Consider Christianity

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Pondering ChristianityDid all of creation create itself?  Is there a God?  Do I have a soul?  Is there life after death?  Is there a true purpose and meaning to life?
Sadly, when people are seeking answers to life’s big questions, the last people they want to listen to are Christians.  Today, many people view Christians as being fanatical narrow-minded nut cases that are anti-gay hypocrites who are ignorant of science.  Unfortunately, due to our ungracious words and actions, we Christians frequently fail to be worthy ambassadors of the GOOD NEWS OF CHRISTIANITY.  Throughout history, many people have been hurt by Christians who have not reflected the gracious teachings of Jesus Christ to whom we follow – and for that we must deeply apologise. However, if you reject Christianity on the basis of the ungracious things done and said by religious people, you have judged Christianity and God unfairly. 
I do understand why many people dismiss Christianity; they are disillusioned (and often disgusted) by the atrocities done in the name of religion.  Furthermore, they believe the theories in science have now disproven God.  As to Christianity being unscientific, you may be surprised how many modern scientific thinkers are Christians. As science progresses and discovers how complex everything is in creation, more and more analytical thinkers are rejecting unproven theories of evolution and are considering that there is a Creator behind the complexities in creation.
10 Reasons to consider Christianity are simple illustrations to give Biblical answers to life’s big questions.  We hope they get you thinking and start you on an incredible journey.


Reason 1: You Have Nothing to Lose.

Christian Illustrations by Ian CoateGambling is defined as a chancy venture where something is risked on an unknown outcome.  On any uncertainty you can bet small or large - but are you willing to bet your life on one toss of a coin or roll of a dice?  Most would not be so foolish.    

Those who don’t believe in God are betting ‘everything’ on when they die there is ‘nothing’ and they will simply cease to exist.  But:
WHAT IF death isn’t the exit door to your existence? 
WHAT IF you have a soul that continues into eternity? 
WHAT IF there is a meaning to life?
The truth is no one can physically prove God exists, but equally no one can prove that He doesn’t.  Objective scientists admit they have so few answers as to what life is about.  The more they learn about the universe and the miracle of existence the more questions that arise.  Most scientists realise their ever-changing theories of origins are based on missing or debatable evidence.  In the end, people reject God and accept evolutional theories simply on the bases of probability – a gamble. 
Are you certain enough to gamble everything on a belief that there is no God; that life is simply a miraculous cosmic accident and there will be ‘nothing’ when you die?  A wise gambler once wrote, ‘I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t - than to live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is.’
Believing in ‘nothing’ is the ultimate gamble.  If you are right, in the end there is nothing – fine. If you are wrong – you will eventually come face to face with God, who you rejected.  
The Bible states we were created with a soul that continues after death and we were created with free-will that God must respect. The Bible further states mankind was separated from God through bad choices (sin).  God, not wanting anyone to perish, took on the form of a man (Jesus Christ) and payed the complete penalty of sin on the cross.  Now, eternal salvation (a restoration of our relationship with God) is a matter of personal choice.  It is up to you. …God demonstrates His love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you are saved (Acts 16:31).
Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ may prove to be the best gamble you ever made. By believing in Him you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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Reason 2: There is a design behind everything in creation.

Christianity and ScienceA book requires an author - like a program requires a programmer - like a poem requires a poet - like a design requires a designer - like an invention requires an inventor - like creation requires a Creator.

When we see an artwork, do we believe that the artwork created itself or is it self evident that an artist created it?
Animals are programmed for survival (zoologists call it instinct). Who is the programmer? 
Science acknowledges that all scientific laws are constant and governed. If this is so, who is the governor? 
Science also acknowledges a design to all of creation. Who is the designer? 
There is much talk of the Laws of Nature. Who is the one upholding these Laws?
One could argue, it would be easier for the most intricate micro-chip to intelligently form itself from raw matter, than a DNA molecule (the most efficient information storage system in the known universe) to do the same.
Did creation really create itself? There is the option of believing in Darwin’s clever ‘Evolution’ which if given enough time can theoretically create (from nothing) all intricately designed creatures and then program them with a moral sense and instinct. Or, we can believe that behind all things in creation is an incredible Creator.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His Handiwork. Psalms 19:1

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Reason 3: It takes more faith to believe in evolution than in God.

Christianity and EvolutionIf someone said he had a theory that elephants evolved from prehistoric flying pigs, we might want to see their evidence before accepting it as fact.  If they said they’d found no evidence or the evidence was missing, it would take a great step of faith to believe their theory.

Evolution is a belief that in the beginning there was nothing – the nothing exploded and gradually created everything. 
It would seem the world’s greatest faith is placed in evolution and its ever-changing theories. Yet generally unbeknown to the believing public, no palaeontologist has presented any supportable evidence of the problematic transition from one species to another, especially when considering more than 250 000 different fossil species have been found to date.  The link between man and ape remains missing.  All supposed links between dinosaurs and birds have been refuted by experts in the field as unfit candidates. 
To date, no one has witnessed any lifeless chemicals arranging themselves into complex information-bearing bio-molecules needed for life.  The odds of just one single protein molecule (in all its mathematical complexity) being arranged by chance has been calculated at 1 in 100 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000.  However, 239 protein molecules are needed for the smallest theoretical life.
It is ironic that many people refute beliefs of Christianity on the basis of lack of supportable evidence, but happily turn to ‘theories’ of evolution, never once questioning – where is the evidence?
Still, many people object to the idea of God, thinking that such a belief is not scientific.  You may be surprised how many well-known, respected scientists (both past and present) conclude that there is an ingenious Creator behind creation and have strong Christian views. (Check out Wikipedia’s: List of Christians in Science and Technology.)
Romans 1:20 states: For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. NIV

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Reason 4: Life is more than the physical.

Christian Illustrations by Ian CoateWe live in a mechanised world.  When an engine breaks down, the problem part is fixed or replaced and the engine works again.  When our computer dies, we call someone to fix or replace the dysfunctional component and suddenly it comes back to life.

Sadly, we cannot deal with the problem of a human death mechanically. When a person dies, we can’t fix or replace the broken parts, switch them on and – hey presto – like Frankenstein’s monster, they come back to life.
Today, there is technology to keep a person’s body functioning externally, yet when doctors pronounce someone dead, they acknowledge that something has left the body and no amount of treatment or equipment can bring them back. So, does this mean we have a soul? 
We know so little about life.  Some say life is simply the result of the perfect balance of chemicals, ions and memory-association cells.  But this does not explain self-awareness or that spiritual sense of self which never grows old even when the body does, (Ecc. 3:11).  If life was simply biological, we should be able to resolve the problem of death with an operation – but this will never be the case.  Unlike mechanical death, human death is permanent – something, our soul, leaves the body and doesn’t come back, (Ecc. 12:7).
Science is limited to observing the physical world and many disregard that which cannot be examined.  Yet, we all have a defining and timeless sense of self that transcends our fleshly casing – an inner self that houses all our hopes and fears, dreams and desires, beliefs and standards that cannot be observed on an operating table. 
We should all question: When we die, where does that something (the real us) go?  This is life’s central question.  However, we get so caught up acquiring wealth, status and pursuing the trivial, that we give little thought about the consequences of death.  The Bible states: ‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?’ (Mark 8:36).  The Good News and answer to life’s central question is found in: John 3:16.

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Reason 5: Christianity is judged unfairly.

Religion and ChristianityA man that was honest, dynamic and hardworking was rejected at every job interview he attended.  It wasn’t because of his qualifications – his resume was impeccable.  He was rejected because of his twin brother’s criminal reputation and was judged untrustworthy by association.  

Many people reject Christianity on the basis of the horrible things done in the name of religion.  However, we forget that Jesus Christ was not impressed with religion either.  In fact, it was religious people that conspired to nail Him to the cross.
The Bible states that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – the manifestation of God in human flesh (John 10:30).  We can see through Christ’s life that God is very much against crusades, inquisitions, terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, human sacrifice, suppression of women and abuse of children.
When Christ was alive, He took a firm stand against hypocritical religious leaders; He tossed spiritual-swindlers out of the temple who were fleecing the public; He courageously stood between religious zealots ready to execute a woman charged with adultery. 
Sadly, religion has given Christianity a reputation it doesn’t deserve.  God is no fan of religion.  If we reject Christianity on the basis of the despicable things done and said by religious people, we have judged Christianity and God unfairly. 
Religion may wrong you, condemn you, malign you or nail you to a cross – but God certainly doesn't want this.  He desires to have an eternal, loving relationship with each of us no matter who we are or how we have failed Him. 
Christianity is not about a set of meaningless rituals, feeling guilty and trying to be good.  Christianity is a restoration of a family relationship with our Heavenly Father through the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  God greatly desires we accept His gift of Salvation so we can be reconciled with Him for eternity.  The choice is now individually up to us if we wish to be reconciled with Him.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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Reason 6: We are what we believe.

Free Christian Illustrations by Ian CoateIf we do not believe in the laws of gravity, will our beliefs stop us from the consequences of falling?   As a rule, decisions we make are based on what we believe to be true – thus there will always be consequences as a result of our beliefs. 

We should really consider what we believe. If our beliefs are based on a scientific theory like evolution (lack of supportable evidence means it is a theory, not a fact), we believe we are cosmic accidents without any high purpose – born simply to breed, suffer and die.
Sadly this is the grim message being taught as fact to our children in schools.  They quickly learn the irony that the ultimate point of evolution is, all existence is ultimately pointless. As a society we are now reaping the consequences in: high suicides rates, depression, lack of direction, lack of hope, break-down of family, rampant crime and a mass dependency on drugs.  If, as a society, we believe and teach that our existence is ultimately pointless, do we think there will be no repercussions? 
The Bible states: The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1); even though God’s handiwork is plainly seen in creation (Psalm 19:1).  If we reject the biblical claim of God and Jesus Christ, what are the consequences if we are wrong?  John 3:36 says: “He who believes in the Son (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
There are eternal consequences to our personal beliefs.  You may think: ‘But I believe in nothing. I haven’t rejected the idea of God; I’m sitting on the fence’.  Those that think like this must remember that they haven’t accepted God either.  Believing in nothing doesn’t mean nothing will happen – there are serious repercussions. Choosing to fence-sit is a decision and we should consider the cost.  God has made provision for you through acceptance of His Son.  Your eternal future is based on your belief in Jesus Christ.  John 14:6 states: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We must consider our beliefs carefully (both individually and collectively).  A belief in Christ (Christianity) offers everlasting salvation, a code of integrity, a sense of purpose, a hope for the future and a meaning to all existence. (John 3:16)

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Reason 7: To stay connected with our Creator.

High Voltage ElectrocutionWe all enjoy the benefits of electricity; it lights our world and powers our houses and devices.  Though we depend on electricity, we are taught from an early age that high voltage can kill.  If you touch an exposed live wire, you will be zapped – it makes no difference whether you are a boy or girl, young or old, good or bad. 

God is the Ultimate Power – He is the unchangeable Energiser behind all other power sources – He created and upholds the universe and all the laws of science and nature.  We enjoy the benefits of God’s power daily, but while we live on earth God gracefully insulates us from His all-powerful essence.
Though God is infinite, people often ascribe human characteristics to Him and then ironically condemn Him on that basis.  They say things like: ‘If God is good and loving, how can He sentence people to Hell for not accepting Him?’  We must remember our infinite God is beyond our understanding; to judge Him on human standards would be wrong. 
When we die, we come face to face with God and we learn from the Bible that His perfect essence is not compatible with our sin or relative human righteousness.  If we are not ‘fully insulated’ when we come face to face with Him, God’s essence must cast us from His presence. 
We may say, ‘Well, I don’t want to be in God’s presence if He is like that!’  But remember, Hell, for lack of a better word, is the very place where God’s comfort and provisions are not present.
God is as He is – He cannot compromise or change or He would cease to be the Binding Energy of the universe.  Like electricity, if we want the benefits we must acknowledge the dangers.  The Bible warns us, from Old to New Testament, if we are not ‘fully insulated’ in His presence, we will be judged and condemned.  We may meekly say, ‘But I’m a relatively good person’; however, that is like being relatively insulated when we touch a high voltage electrical wire – it will not be enough to save us. 
God wants us all to enjoy the benefits of His infinite power for eternity.  Yet the Bible clearly says, we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  The only way to insulate ourselves from eternally being cast out of God’s presence is through the saving work of Jesus Christ.  On the Cross, Jesus paid the necessary price for our transgressions (Philippians 2:5-8), and if we accept Christ as our saviour, we are made compatible with God’s perfect righteousness – we are born again in Christ.  Jesus said: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ John 14:6.
The choice is up to us; we either accept or reject the work done by Jesus Christ on our behalf.  Only by accepting Him as Saviour are we ‘fully insulated’ when come into personal contact with the Ultimate Power of the universe.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23.

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Reason 8: Salvation is a free gift.

Gift of SalvationA gift is usually something ‘paid for’ by another and given free of charge – no strings attached.  We do not earn or deserve a gift, otherwise it would be a payment or a reward.  However, when a gift is given, it only becomes ours when we freely accept it.   

God gave us the greatest of all gifts.  He humbled Himself and became a man (Jesus Christ) and willingly went to the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of the world so anyone who chooses may have everlasting life instead of judgement.
All that is left to receive everlasting-life is for us to simply accept it as a gift - by faith.  We must understand that salvation is not a reward or a payment, (… it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph. 2:8-9). If we think we earned or deserved it, then we have not received it - everlasting life is a gift paid for by another (Christ).  All we have to do is simply ‘believe’ the gift is ours and it becomes ours – forever.  Furthermore, God does not take back His gifts.  Once in our possession, it always remains in our possession - for eternity.  We did nothing to gain the gift - we can do nothing to lose it.  No one can steal it from us and we can’t return it to God.    
John 3:16 states, ‘God so loved the world that He gave His uniquely born Son (Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Don’t be one who eternally regrets declining the greatest gift ever given, when by accepting it is as easy as ‘believing’ that it belongs to us.  As it is freely given - it must be freely received.
Jesus said, as recorded in John 6:40: “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

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Reason 9: To avoid the impending disaster.

HellfireIn times of impending natural disaster, there are those who choose to stay in their homes despite all the warnings to leave.  Later, when we hear they have died, we naturally grieve at their unnecessary demise, at the same time realising they took a chance as a matter of choice.

Mankind was created to enjoy a perfect relationship with God.  We were also created with free-will.  Through bad decisions, sin entered the world and our lives.  Consequently, a disaster called Judgement is heading our way.  God desires none to perish.  He came as a man (Jesus Christ), and paid the complete penalty for our sin on the cross so any person wishing to be saved from judgement can be.  However, due to the unchangeable law of free-will, God can only save those who freely accept His gift of salvation.  He who believes in the Son (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. John 3:36.
God has implored us many times in the Bible, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved… Acts 16:31’.  It is now a matter of choice.  For those who choose to reject God’s offer of eternal salvation, or choose to make no choice at all (after the age of accountability), God must ultimately respect their decision - and leave them to their own devices in a place set aside, where His provision (which has long been taken for granted) will be eternally absent. 
We must understand that God is the One upholding all the universal laws of order and science.  He is the source of light and comfort.  Those who reject God also reject His provision which will ultimately leave them in a chaotic vacuum that, for lack of a better word, is called, ‘Hell’.  
God loves us and desires no one to be separated from Him.  He is reaching out to rescue us through the saving work of His Son. It is up to us if we take His hand by accepting Christ’s gift of salvation. Romans 5:8 states, “But God demonstrates His love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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Reason 10: To receive heavenly citizenship.

Today, many oppressed people risk their lives, braving open seas or paying a fortune to flee their tyrannical county of birth.  They will risk everything for a chance of becoming citizens in another nation rich with opportunity, freedom and prosperity. 

The greatest nation of all time is the Kingdom of Heaven - sadly, none of us are born citizens.  Mankind, through bad choice (sin), sought independence from God and is now imprisoned in the tyranny of a corrupt and fallen world.  Because of those choices, there is now a barrier (called judgement) between mankind and God.  This barrier separates us from ever being citizens in the Heavenly Kingdom.  
We can’t do anything ourselves to gain citizenship – we can’t bribe a church or do any number of good deeds to become an acceptable candidate.  The truth is that only God can pay the necessary price on our behalf - and the astounding news is the price for our citizenship has been completely paid. God so loved the world that He gave His uniquely born Son (Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  Through the willing sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, a way was made through the barrier.  Heaven awaits any who accept Christ’s gift (sacrifice) on their behalf.
God never intended this corrupt planet to be our eternal home.  He desires all to be citizens of His Heavenly Kingdom and gain the magnificent eternal privileges and prosperity that it offers.  Right now the border is open, the walls are knocked down and all we need do is accept Jesus Christ’s gift to become citizens of the most splendid Kingdom ever to exist.  The choice is ours.  If you haven’t crossed the border (by believing in Christ) - do it now.  Citizenship will not be offered after life on Earth – do not miss the greatest opportunity of eternity. (Romans 5:8.  Ephesians 2:8 -9)
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.  Ephesians 2:14

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In Conclusion:

The world’s greatest intellects can neither prove nor disprove God’s existence. It all comes down to personal belief. If we adamantly don’t believe in something, we sceptically explain away all proof. We live in a world where seeing is believing; however, one of the greatest acts of trust we can show in another, is believing in them before the evidence is seen. 
God is in controlGod does not coerce our free-will. That is why belief is the currency that He demands before He vindicates Himself. Only those who step out in faith see the evidence of God working in their lives. This explains why many Christians have a strong faith; by believing they have seen – and once seen it is easy to believe.  
In a world of reason it seems foolish to believe in something before seeing the evidence, but if we always disbelieve in God we inadvertently close the door on Him ever proving Himself. Give God a chance.  We must remember, God does not need us – but we certainly need Him.  God reveals Himself through creation and His Word (the Bible), but if we wish for God to reveal Himself further in our life, we must choose to seek Him. 
How do we start? The Bible states in John 10:9 that Jesus Christ is the door and by believing in Him we will receive everlasting life and an eternal relationship with God.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6.

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