by Robert Driskell
Atheists often level the charge at Christians that the Bible is a book of fables and myths, that Christianity is a man-made religion, and that God does not exist. Does their accusation make any sense at all? Put on your thinking caps, warm up your common sense, and let’s take a practical look at this issue.
Why would anyone create a religion consisting of standards that they could not possibly meet? The religions that man creates are always based on something we can do to justify ourselves: meditation, good works, abstaining from certain things, participating in others. When humans create their own standards, they are always within reach; they are always something we can obtain by our own effort. False religions consist of rules, regulations, and tenets that we are capable of meeting (performing, executing, etc.) by ourselves, under our own power that enable us to attain to whatever ideas these religions ascribe to.
Christianity is different; the Bible tells us that there is nothing we can do, no works or good deeds, that can gain forgiveness for the sin we each are born in and commit every day. “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Rom. 3:11-12 NASB).
God even has to give us the ability to have faith in Him; “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10 NASB).
God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, has done everything necessary for the forgiveness of our sins; we must simply put our faith in Him, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17 NASB).
Skeptics, atheists, unbelievers, scoffers, and mockers say that the idea of Christianity, Jesus paying the debt for our sins, is ridiculous. When we look into the Bible, we see that the concept of ‘foolishness’ and ‘wisdom’ addressed. Let’s take a closer look.
SOURCE: Patheos: The Christian Crier