1 Peter 3:15
I recently had a conversation with an atheist who asked me to examine why I believe as I do. I thought I might share my response with you."But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
I know why I believe as I do - it is because the Father has blessed me with understanding, He has levied my blindness and unblocked my ears. I believe as I do, because it is the only Truth there has ever been or ever will be. I believe as I do, because without God there could be no universe and we would not exist. I believe as I do, because without a Creator, there would be no meaning to anything - each breath would be worthless and without reason. Without a God, there would be no purpose, there would be only senselessness and chaos. I believe as I do, because no chaos has ever fallen into order, but order has always fallen to chaos, so is it with the world in which we live. I believe as I do, because against the mounts of evidence in His favor, it would take more faith to come against Him than to know His embrace, and it is infinitely more reasonable to put faith in Him than in my own flawed judgement. I believe on Him, because were there not a higher Law and a higher Authority, we would not know right from wrong, we would know not good from evil or injustice from justice; we would know not love from hate or morality from immorality, compassion from cruelty, or what is natural from what is unnatural without His standard. I believe as I do, because I know not how to avoid the inevitable and wholly reasonable conclusion that there is a Creator and He is my God. I believe as I do, because when every other religion in the world says "God is here, you are here, and you have to do x, y, and z to get to where He is," my God said, "'As high as the heavens are above the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts,' the difference is too much, the rift too wide, the standard too high, so I'm coming to get you Myself, because you are My child and I love you." So, He humbled Himself before men, walking among them, in fleshly form, that He might teach them His ways; He lived the life I should have lived, because I couldn't do it; He went through every trial, every torture, and every torment, so that I wouldn't have to; He was whipped, He was beaten, He was flogged, He was shamed, He was humiliated, He was nailed to a cross, separated from the Father, and died there, so I would never know how much it hurts and I would never know that separation from all that is Good and the pain which accompanies that knowledge, because He took my place and now my transgressions are as far from me as I was from Him. So, I live for Him. I believe Him, because when everyone else says, "Work your way up," or, "Trust yourself," He, the Creator of the universe, humbles Himself and says, "Take My hand, and trust Me." I am content in Him.
The shorter version is this:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
Romans 1:20, 32
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse... Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such [sinful] things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Happy Palm Sunday!