Theology Thursday :  8 False Assumptions about Christianity

Originally published at CCC Discover

By Timothy W. Massaroon 

1. Science has disproven Christianity.

Historically, Christianity has often led the way in scientificadvancement. Many leading scientists today believe in a cosmology that is much more open to intelligent design and creationthan most pundits assume. Science has not found evidence precluding the belief in God, miracles, or theresurrection of Jesus. Such fields are outside the competence of science and its methodology.

2. The Bible is based on myths.

History is integral to the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul, who wrote more than half of the New Testament, grounds faith in eyewitness testimony and verifiable events (1 Cor. 15). If these things are myths and fables, Christianity is not useful or good. The tone and tenor of the Scriptures are categorically different from that of Greek myths or Aesop’s Fables.

3. All Religions teach the same thing.

Many people today attempt to dismantle the claims of religion before they even hear them by asserting (not arguing) that all religions teach the same thing. In truth, each religion makes very different claims and assumptionsabout reality. There may be superficial agreement about the Golden Rule, but the gospel of the triune God categorically separates the faith of Christianity from all religions.

4. Jesus never existed as a real person.

While the news media often reports the proposition that belief in Jesus’ historical existence is untenable,most scholars today disagree. Jesus’ existence is one of the best-attested facts available to us. Hostile witnesses attest to his life and death. His life recorded in theGospels is the best explanation available to us about who he was and what he did.
(See 7 Unbiased Facts about Jesus’ Death)

5. There are no such things as miracles.

To assume miracles cannot happen because they do not do so normally is not itself an argument. Rather, most people take their personal experience as the normative basis for judging past events. This subjective view of what is possible does not allow for normal historical events to transpire, let alone miraculous ones. If we look at historical evidence, the question remains an open possibility.

6. Evil precludes a good God.

Only the God of Scripture allows evil to be a problem in the first place. If evil exists, it presumes an original goodness and liberty that makes such a choice evil. Theproblem of evil is actually an argument for Christianity. Evil as a choice that has real consequences cannot be accounted for without God.
Many people wrongly assume that if God is good there should no be evil in the world. And yet, this assumes that as finite creatures we could know God’s purposes. If such a God exists, there are likely reasons he allows evil that we cannot fully comprehend.

7. Christianity is irrational and unreasonable.

Faith is often wrongly perceived as a leap in the dark, irrational, and imaginary. Yet, historically, Christianity has seen three aspects of faith: knowledge, assent, and trust.
Faith is based upon actualhistorical events that are rational explanations of reality. Faith assents to the reliability of thespeaking God. These explanations may not be seen by the naked eye, but that does not mean they are irrational. Rather, the revelation of Scripture reveals a rational, and more importantly, a good God who is saving sinners.

8. There is no evidence for the resurrection.

Many people wrongly assume there is no real evidence for theresurrection of Jesus. Yet, this is incorrect. The women who found an empty tomb attested to the resurrection of Christ. Hundreds of witnesses around Jerusalem saw the resurrected Lord and could be questioned. Hostile authorities among the Jews and Romans attested to his empty tomb and miracles. According to many scholars, the Gospel accounts remain the best explanation of the empty tomb, the transformation of the apostles, and the existence of the early church.