What Would Change Your Mind about Christianity?
by Robin Schumacher
“When, as a very young man, I first began seriously to study the life of Christ, I did so with a very definite feeling that, if I may so put it, his history rested on very insecure foundations.”
Albert Henry Ross was a strong adherent to science and Huxley’s assertion that “miracles do not happen”, but nonetheless he still held a strong admiration for the person of Jesus. Ross decided to conduct his own personal, historical investigation of Jesus’ final days and compile his findings into a work he planned to call “Jesus, the Last Phase,” which he believed would help remove the superstitious notion that a dead man could come back to life.
Ross mentions this plan in a chapter called “The Book that Refused to be Written,” which begins a very different work he wrote instead of the one he had planned, whose conclusions brought him to what he calls “an unexpected shore”. Penned under the pseudonym Frank Morison, Who Moved the Stone? is a work that showcases a change of mind for someone who was previously a skeptic of Christ’s resurrection, but now is a person who believes one dead man truly did come back to life.
Ross’ story raises an interesting question: What would it take to change your mind about Christianity? What would it take to turn you in a completely opposite direction such as what happened to him?
If you’re a Christian, what would it take to convince you that the atheists are right? If you’re an atheist, what would move you to believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be and that God created everything, including you?
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The Single Torpedo Needed to Destroy Christianity
For Christians, there is only one piece of evidence needed to convert every church into a vacant building and stop printers from producing additional copies of the New Testament. Find the body of that Jewish carpenter, and Christianity is undone.
Yes, it really is that simple. And really that hard.
Christianity differs from all other faiths in the world in that it is not purely epistemic, pragmatic, or existential. In other words, Christianity is not just about learning something like in Buddhism, performing some set of works like in Islam, or experiencing something like in various new age religions.
Instead, Christianity is ontological – it is all about a Person. It is grounded in the person of Jesus Christ and His work. This is why Paul said in 2 Tim. 1:12: “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed…” (and not “what I have believed”).
While Christianity certainly contains teachings, practices, and experiences, the primary differentiator of it vs. all other faiths is this: remove the Founder and disprove His declarations, and you remove the worldview and faith.
The interesting thing is, Jesus made it very plain how you can rule Him out as being legitimate where His truth claims are concerned…
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