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Featured Why are you a Christian?

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by Matisyahu8898, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Matisyahu8898

    Matisyahu8898 Member Supporter

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    This question is quite straight forward. I just want to know how you came to put your faith in Christ. I get a lot of different answers to this question, and the answers I get usually fascinate me. It can be a one sentence answer, or as long as you want. I'm just really interested in hearing your answer.
     
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    Good question, but without taking time away from what others will want to say in this thread, I'll just paste a link to a thread OP I made elsewhere here on CF, representing what I think constitutes my general answer: ;)

    Aesthetic Arguments of Beauty and the Appeal of Christianity
     
  3. RaymondG

    RaymondG Well-Known Member

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    I am a Christian because Christianity is the popular religion in the country in which I was born and my parents were Christians. I put my faith in Christ because Christ found me, when I wasnt looking, and gave me a gift I could not refuse.
     
  4. LovebirdsFlying

    LovebirdsFlying My husband drew this cartoon of me. Staff Member Red Team - Moderator Supporter

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    I am a Christian because I have weighed the other options and have decided to believe.
     
  5. Matisyahu8898

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    How did you come to the conclusion that Christianity was true?
     
  6. Not David

    Not David Der Ewige Katechumene

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    I like Peter's response: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
     
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  7. Chris V++

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    My eyes were opened to it. I was compelled to belief. I was changed from within in an instant.
     
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  8. Matisyahu8898

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    The apostles saw Jesus with their own eyes. They touched him, and ate with him. They verified with their own senses that Jesus actually rose from the dead. How did you come to that conclusion without touching his scars like Thomas did?
     
  9. bekkilyn

    bekkilyn Contemplative Christian Supporter

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    I believe in God because of his/her/its living and very obvious presence in all of creation. I am a Christian because I believe in the event of Jesus the Christ's Resurrection and that his example of unconditional love and grace to the entire world is truly the way of God's Kingdom, both in the here and now and in the future.

    I did *not* choose Christianity because of threats of hell and condemnation, requirements on the part of some to rigidly follow commandments and other similar forms of legalism, contorted views and interpretation of scripture used to oppress and harm other people, animals, and the environment, or because "the bible says so" bible idolatry.
     
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  10. LovebirdsFlying

    LovebirdsFlying My husband drew this cartoon of me. Staff Member Red Team - Moderator Supporter

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    Fair question, at which I struggle for an answer. I take 1 Corinthians 2:14 to mean simply that these things can be sensed in the spirit, but it's very difficult to express in words. I'll try.

    The only thing that makes sense to me is the following system of beliefs:
    1.) God is perfect. Sin (defined simply as "imperfection") cannot exist in His presence. Because of His holy nature, sin and imperfection would be immediately destroyed.
    2.) God loves us and wants our fellowship. Therefore, He provided a way to remove our sin, so that we can enter His presence without being destroyed.
    3.) That way is Jesus Christ. We cannot save or cleanse ourselves. We cannot be "good enough" by ourselves, because until this life is over, we are always going to be imperfect. We need Jesus as our shield and protector.
    4.) Jesus Christ came to earth as holy God in a fleshly body, to be treated as a sinful, imperfect being. He died as sinful, imperfect beings do, even though He didn't deserve it. This opened up the way to give me what I didn't deserve--an eternity in the presence of God the Father.

    Other subtle aspects and doctrines of Christianity, what makes up the differences between denominations and various congregations, I think about as little as possible. Jesus is the way. That's pretty much all I'm capable of making sense of, so I cling to that. Like electronics, acupuncture, dialectical behavior therapy, and other things in this world, I don't have to know *how* something works to know it works. Same thing for Jesus Christ and His salvation.
     
  11. Matisyahu8898

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    Wow, well put!
     
  12. Matisyahu8898

    Matisyahu8898 Member Supporter

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    That's good to hear. Have you ever studied apologetics? Just since you say it's hard to express the spiritual aspects that lead you to faith, maybe you can check out philosophical, and scientific evidence for God. I have loads of resources to recommend.
     
  13. MariaJLM

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    For me it's kind of a long story so I'll try to keep this as brief as possible.

    I was brought up non-religious/secular so naturally I picked up the very same views. I wasn't inherently against religion for most of my life, but just felt pretty indifferent about it. I was also bullied and abused so mental illness became a major factor. I eventually became suicidal and stuff while I was desperate to fit into something. Initially Christianity was not an option for me. Due to some bad experiences with Evangelicals and Calvinists I actually became anti-Christian.

    Despite my anti-Christian sentiment, though, I was still soul-searching. I explored a few different paths but eventually settled on Islam. On the surface it was simple and pretty straight forward, thus it appealed to me. However, about a year and a half later I became disillusioned with that. I began to see the less appealing sides of Islam so to speak. I finally ditched it(which was fortunately easy since at the time I lived in a town that didn't have a Muslim community).

    After ditching Islam I went back to my original apatheism phase. Before and during this time I had also been dabbling in Marxism. That encouraged me to stay away from religion for awhile since I believed that one could not be both religious and Marxist. That kept be satisfied for some time, but then I felt empty again, thus reigniting my soul search.

    With the year 2013 came Pope Francis' election. At first I didn't pay much attention to him, but after some time I found his statements about social justice and compassion for others(especially the poor) really speaking to me. I had always been politically left-wing in some form due to living in poverty so it was refreshing to me to see a religious leader who was reaffirming what I already held as important values. I didn't know a huge amount about Christianity and its various denominations at the time beyond the basics so I decided to investigate. I figured that if the Pope, of all people, was telling us to care for others then he must have gotten it from Christian teachings somewhere.

    Sure enough, the more I dabbled in Christianity and its history the more I realized it wasn't what I thought it was years ago. I even found myself running out of ways to refute it, realizing that it must be the truth. I had no choice but to accept that I was a Christian.

    Then came the challenge of sticking to a denomination as there were so many of them. Early on Protestantism was out since I felt a need to choose whichever church had the closest ties to the ancient church. Essentially, I wanted to practice the faith as directly passed down from the Apostles. That had me stumbling between Catholicism and Orthodoxy for a bit, but I eventually settled on Orthodoxy as I had a few issues with certain Catholic teachings. Plus I saw it as a way to connect to my own heritage that my family is so disconnected from(Russian, Ukrainian, and Romanian).

    (Okay, I lied. This was not brief. It was hard to cut any shorter than this, though!)
     
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  14. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother?

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    At the core of everything is Pascal's Wager. That's a lousy foundation for authentic religious faith. But it isn't a bad starting point for authentic religious faith.

    The next level up is my own consciousness. Cogito ergo sum; thought equals existence. Iow, I think therefore I am. But I wasn't always. So it stands to reason that I have a creator. The biological reality of my parentage doesn't explain the totality of my human experience. To quote Yoda, "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter [flesh]." If I exist, it's reasonable to assume that God does as well.

    The next level up is revelation. Assuming that God exists and that He created us, He obviously cares about us. Otherwise He would've destroyed us by now. So obviously He cares and it's logical to assume that He wants us to know Him and He wants to know us. Therefore, He would have revealed His existence and His personality to man. That means that one of the known religions in this world must be true.

    The next level up is comparative in nature. Men are not angels, that much is clear. If we're to someday live with God, we must become perfected in some way or another. The other religions in the world don't really solve for the problem of sin. Even Islam. One might say, especially Islam. Christianity is the only choice in the religious marketplace which offers true blue redemption. So my money is on Christianity as the true religion.

    The next level up is is also comparative in nature. There are a great many varieties of Christianity to choose from. All of them may be varying levels of true but given that Our Lord founded only one Church, it's logical to think that only one Church can be the one He founded. The group with the strongest claim to being divinely guided and supernaturally protected from teaching error is the Catholic Church, I believe. The other options in the Christian segment of the religious marketplace may be fine in and of themselves. But they don't offer the comprehensive teaching authority or moral authority of the Catholic Church.

    Thus, I am Catholic.

    A related factor in the above steps obviously is my childhood. I was raised in a generally Christian household. It was a non-Catholic household. Some might even go so far as to call it anti-Catholic at times. So my Christian convictions are undoubtedly influenced by my upbringing. It's reasonable to suggest that I might've made different religious choices under different religious circumstances. We'll never know for certain.
     
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    Outside of the theological answer of "God redeemed me." Here is an account of the process of what happened to accomplish that.

    Welcome Home! My Mini AutoBiography Chapter 1, a bible fanfic | FanFiction
     
  18. Not David

    Not David Der Ewige Katechumene

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    A lot of people interacted with Jesus and they still didn't believe.
     
  19. AppleGold

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    I became a Christian, because my parents were Christian, I was raised going to church.
    I continue to believe cause it all sounds wonderful and because I believe it is impossible for life to happen without God. Scientists are have tried to create life in labs. I don't mean cloning, I mean, brew up single-celled organisms the same life supposedly started according to evolution. Also, I'm going to pray they are never successful despite how hard they try, cause I will probably stop believing in God if life can be created without God.
     
  20. Ttalkkugjil

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    I was baptized as an infant.
     
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