Case-Making 101: A Case for Faith in God vs. Doubt
by Teri Dugan
Why is it that when someone is skeptical about the Christian faith or questions the existence of God they always demand 100% certainty in your answer? Most of the things we base our lives on are with less than 100% certainty yet we trust them to be true. How much more so should we trust the things we know to be true about God and investigate the rest since what we believe in this area is of eternal importance?
Some important elements to consider about Christianity:
- The Christian faith is not a blind faith and it is not based on wishful thinking
- The Christian faith is based on trust in things known to be true
- The Christian faith is founded in eyewitness testimony and evidence from many fields of study such as science, history, literature, philosophy and law—and its claims can be proven to be true beyond a reasonable doubt
How many people take the time to investigate the truth claims of Christianity? How much evidence do you need to be convinced? Using the legal levels for burden of proof, where do you stand?
Christianity: How does it fair in a court of law?
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853), phD Royale, Chair of Harvard’s Department of Law, and an “enlightened atheist” was challenged by some of his students to apply the rules of what he taught to the claims of the four Gospels of the New Testament, and he did. After careful investigation, he found that the rules of legal evidence thoroughly bared out the Gospels. The result was his conversion to Christianity and his book “The Testimony of the Evangelists: The Gospels Examined by the Rules of Evidence.”
The following categories explain the “Burden of Proof” requirements used in our legal system. These are the most developed thought processes in the world for finding truth…
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