Careful research and examination show other holy books to be false.
1. The Quran denies the historical fact of the crucifixion and claims salvation might be obtained by good works outweighing bad works. But once one is guilty of sinning against God, they need forgiveness, for guilt can never be erased with good deeds.
2. The Book of Mormon has no archaeological support and plagiarises the book of Isaiah straight out of the King James Version. Also, their erroneous concept of God is that He is finite. They claim God was once a man like us who came a God. But this leads them to the illogical claim of an infinite regress of finite gods.
3. Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Jewish Messiah in the Old Testament as well as resurrected from the dead. Most Jews have rejected their Messiah just as Isaiah prophesied (Isaiah 53).
Careful research and examination show the Bible to be true.
1. Historically accurate. For example, Dr. Collin Hemer’s research found no errors in the Book of Acts (www.harvardhouse.com/acts-credible.htm)
2. Logical plan of salvation. Goodness never erases guilt and this is why God had to stand in our place, take the punishment we can not take, and offers us a pardon (forgiveness) of our crimes.
3. Archaeological supported (www.bib-arch.org).
4. Coherent concept of God. I personally expect the infinite creator of the universe to be beyond my full comprehension, but not apprehension as with Mormonism.
5. Fulfilled prophecies (www.reasons.org/fulfilled-prophecy-evid…
6. Resurrection (see www.garyhabermas.com).
7. The confirmation of the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus never existed
- The Bible is just a book of myths written by men
- Nothing supernatural can happen
- Paul created Christianity
- Etc., etc. etc.
When Christian’s asset their faith is true, most unbelievers rightly ask for an explanation why their assertions are true.
When challenged with assertions, Christians tend to try and reply with a meaningful answer. But why should Christians give reasonable answers to unreasonable assertions? Often times the objections people raise are just smokescreens used to avoid their real root issues with Christianity. Any assertion should be replied to with a simple “why?” You’ll be surprised what little information people commonly have to back up their assertions.
Unfortunately, the same can be said for most Christians. It does not have to be this way. With a little effort, every Christian can be able to at least explain (not just asset) the basics of the faith. My Why Jesus study, available for free in the sidebar, makes this easy.
- Why is Jesus necessary for salvation? Lessons 1 & 2.
- Why and how to share and defend my faith? Lessons 3,4, & 5.
1 Peter 3:15 Always be ready to give an answer for the hope you have within you, but do so with gentleness and respect.
This is a valid question for anyone with a finite concept of God. But for the Christian concept of God it is a non-question because He is infinite. By definition an infinite is unlimited and cannot have a beginning or end. This is the point of the cosmological argument for the existence of God, although the way it is normally worded only implies the infinite concept and leads to a lot of confusion. So I’ll try to state it more clearly and mix in some bonus material:
1. Every finite effect needs a cause.
2. The universe is a finite effect.
3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.
4. This cause cannot be finite or it too would need a cause.
5. Therefore, the cause of the universe must be infinite.
6. This infinite cause cannot be material, for all material is limited by space and time (and therefore finite).
7. Therefore, the infinite cause of the universe must be immaterial, such as a spirit.
8. Every finite effect needs not just a cause but an adequate cause.
9. So not only must the cause of the universe be infinite and immaterial, but also exhibit the necessary attributes to account for the effects we see in the universe, such as: a mind to account for logic, rationality, and the personal decision to create the universe; extremely powerful; ethics to ground morality; life to produce life; etc.
What about many universes? There cannot be an infinite number of finite universes, so there still needs to be an infinite, immaterial cause.