November 2, 2017
This week at youth group, we talked about the question of: So many other religions claim to be true, how can we know that Christianity is the truth? Here’s an update on our attempt to answer it.
For starters, there are a couple different approaches that we could have taken with this question, one being a small sampling of each different major religion pitted against the other. The problem with this approach is that it’s like trying every flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robins. By the end of it, you haven’t really figured out anything because of an overload of 31 separate flavors (if you get what I mean). So, last night we set out from a presuppositional approach, in which we presupposed that the Bible was true. From that standpoint, we looked a couple key things: it’s historical accuracy, and the exclusive truths that it holds to help us determine if other religious texts point to the same truth as the Bible. The gist of our conversation focused on the fact that scripture is held as a historically accurate piece of literature by almost every historian and archeologist that there is. The major points of contention have nothing to do with historical accuracy, but rather with the content itself being miraculous in nature. Secondly, and most importantly, we defended the resurrection of Christ in scripture. In my personal experience, whenever I’m doubting my Christian faith, the resurrection is the place I turn for the fact that there is no conceivable explanation for why the disciples would spread the gospel unto their own deaths, other than the resurrection.
All in all, we compared some of the truths of scripture to other “religious texts” and, using the Bible is the standard for truth, found the others to crumble. Jesus tells us in the book of John that He is the only way to the Father. That means, there’s only one path, which includes the perfect sacrificial lamb of God dying in our place so that we can enter into God’s presence. Any other way leads to destruction.
Have a fantastic week, friends!