Christian Theism is unique in that it proposes an idea bout how one can be united with God (and an idea about how one can become more Godly) that seems counterintuitive to our human impulse. It’s this counterintuitive nature of the Christian God that is the third step in my simple reasoning toward Christian Theism. If in the first two steps we are able to conceive of a God who has created the cosmos and is personal in nature, we can then take another short step toward an understanding of God that is purely Christian in nature.
If there is a God who is all-powerful and personal, it certainly makes sense that He might want to bring us home to him and that he might also want us to strive to find Him and be more like Him. But how might that be accomplished? Doesn’t it make sense though, that a God this powerful would NOT be impressed with our efforts at perfection? After all, He has the power to eliminate imperfection. Do we really think that we are going to impress him?
It also makes sense that a personal creator God would want his creations to uphold His moral truth, but let’s think about how He might reasonably expect us to accomplish this. Our human instinct is to create RULES that we can follow so that we can measure our success and judge how close we are to being ‘Godly”, but does a system of rules actually create a Godly person?
Let’s think about it for a minute here. If we are only “being good” so that we can EARN a prize, are we truly “good”? If I only love the lost and serve those in need because I think it is REQUIRED by God, am I truly a person who would do these things if they were NOT required? It seems to be that rules-based and works-based religious systems don’t actually produce “good” people. They instead produce people who LOOK good. True goodness is a heart condition. It’s a reflection of who we are when no one is looking. If we are only performing because we believe that God is watching, we are merely trying to LOOK good.
On the other hand, if our hearts are so changed that we desire to behave morally even when the carrot of Salvation is not dangling in front of us, then we can say that we truly are “good” people. If you are looking for a spiritual worldview in which truly good people are even possible, you are going to have to look for one that does NOT require good works. Now what religious worldview teaches that Salvation is NOT the result of anything that you can do, but is instead the result of something that has already been done for you? There is only one; it is the Christian Worldview. Good works are not REQUIRED before Salvation, they are typically the RESULT of Salvation. Big difference…
I am a Christian because (1) I believe the evidence suggests that an all-powerful God has created the cosmos from nothing and is the first cause of a caused universe, (2) I believe that this God is personal in nature based on the fact that he had the CHOICE to create, and (3) I believe that a personal God of this nature would want us to be more like Him and to come home with Him, but would not be impressed with our good works and would know that REQUIRING them would not produce true moral goodness.
In the end, the Christian Worldview is the best reflection of these truths. In three short steps I have at least placed Christianity in a position of rational consideration. God has given me the ability to reason to this point and then opened my eyes to the evidence that I have considered here on the pages of PleaseConvinceMe.com. Let me know if these steps are helpful to you…