Why Be Christian?

Dan Hart
2017-04-18

Dear Jerry,

Why be Christian? Out of all the religions and philosophies in the world that vie for the God-sized hole in every human heart, why choose Christianity?

For believers, there are a limitless amount of ways to answer this fundamental question, and we should "always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you," as 1 Peter 3:15 entreats us. But where does one start in this defense? If one were to synthesize the most basic argument for Christ, what would it be?

In pondering this question, I was particularly struck by a point that Regis Martin recently made in Crisis (see link below). He describes a Christian as "someone who carries within him the adamantine conviction that Another accompanies him every step of the way." In other words, Christianity is tangibly human and personal because "in showing us the face of Christ, we are thus given a saving glimpse of Someone to whom we may entrust everything, including especially our brokenness and sin."

Martin goes on to quote Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI), who wrote that "the most fundamental feature of faith … [is] its personal character":

Christian faith is more than the option in favor of a spiritual ground to the world; its central formula is not 'I believe in something,' but 'I believe in Thee.' It is the encounter with the human being Jesus, and in this encounter it experiences the meaning of the world as a person.
"…[T]he meaning of the world as a person." It seems to me that this precisely encapsulates "the hope that is in us." It captures a lightness of feeling that is almost impossible to put into words; it's that serene trust that comes with the knowledge that no matter what sufferings we undergo in life, Christ suffered just the same, even to the point of dying for our sins. Because of this, we are and will always remain a child of God that was loved into being and will be loved for all eternity.

God, who is one with Christ (John 10:30), is our Heavenly Father and we are his children. For many believers, therefore, the Christian faith beautifully intertwines with our natural experience of growing up under the protection of a loving earthly father. This is why the family must be strengthened, nurtured, and upheld in our society—it is the earthly reflection of God's heavenly love for us.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

http://www.crisismagazine.com/2017/pope-turns-ninety

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