There is no question that Christianity presents some startling claims about God, man, and two extreme destinations where human beings exist forever. The fact that these claims are extreme has nothing to do with whether they are true or false. What makes Christianity true is that it is rooted in ultimate reality and absolute truth, rather than in subjective opinions and personal experiences.
One would expect that if Christianity is indeed the truth, then those who surrender themselves to its message would begin to experience new life, new motivations, and new perspectives. And this is exactly what has occurred all over the world for the past 2000 years.
You see, the essence of Christianity is not: “Do morality better.” Instead, the essence of Christianity is: “Be forgiven of your sins and receive a new heart.” Once this new heart is received, the receiver begins to love the Lord and cherish God’s amazing goodness and grace. Without a new heart, no one is capable of loving God and joyfully serving Him.
When an atheist starts to become open-minded regarding the historical claims and spiritual promises of Christianity, he finds himself moving into position to transition. After all, it is irrational to ignore the extreme claim of eternal suffering in hell, especially if you have never seriously considered the historical evidence for Christ’s resurrection.
Once you meet the Lord, you will never again laugh off heaven and hell. And it is critical that you meet the Lord and trust Him as your Savior before you stand in His presence on Judgment Day. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:10) In other words, the day of reckoning is coming, and nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away your sins. The miracle of conversion happens through faith in Jesus, as you repent of your sin and trust Christ to forgive you.
When considering the universe around us, the atheist says, “It is lazy for Christians to fall back on the premise that ‘God did it.’” Christians, meanwhile, have this perspective: “It is lazy for atheists to reject the reality of God, while refusing to consider what a new heart could do to change their worldview and their perception of ultimate reality.”
Every atheist believes there is no God. The Christian looks at this belief and says, “It is a lazy approach to discovering ultimate truth. It is a cop-out. Atheism makes an absolute claim about a matter that cannot be proven or disproven scientifically.” Therefore, Christians encourage atheists to be rational about the matter. That is to say, be open to the idea that you may be wrong in your absolute position concerning God. Be open to the idea that God could actually give you a new heart if you were to place your faith in the Lord after investigating the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And be open to the idea that it is impossible for science to answer the questions related to the nature of God and the nature of man’s immortal soul.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell