Reasons for Christian belief

Ten arguments or reasons for Christianity or having a belief in Christian behavior.

1. If one believes that the Christian God exists, then he does not have to deal with the pain of ultimate loneliness. God is a person who will never abandon a believer. The believer may “turn his back on God” by doing wrong actions, but God will never leave him to the pain of being completely alone. Should all other persons perish, the believer will still have another person who cares for him. Christianity insures that you will never be alone.

This insurance of never being alone has great force with persons facing death. No one should die alone. No one should go through the misery of dying alone. And they need not, if they are Christians.

2. Christianity promises that things will get better later. It also infers that things will get better sooner. Heaven, with its great rewards, is worth the effort to obtain. Further, the means to obtain Heaven (essentially being a moral person) involve actions which, ceteris paribus, lead to a better life in this world. So, being a Christian insures that the turmoil of today will be rewarded multifold in Heaven. Being a Christian also infers that one’s life will get better if one acts morally. Christianity promises that things will get better later and gives us a real hope that things will get better sooner.

3. There is an important question which haunts metaphysics. It is, “Can the world explain sufficiently its own existence?” Essentially there are two answers: “Yes, it can; it exists as a blunt fact” and “No, it cannot; God is needed to explain it sufficiently.” The correlated questions of “What is the world?” and “How did it come into being?” are not as important as “Why did the world come into being?” Christianity provides the answer that the world came into being because God wanted to make something beautiful and good. The reason that there is this world is that God made it that way. Any natural explanation which leaves God out fails to give an adequate teleological explanation of the world’s existence. (Aristotle was right: the existence of any thing requires adequate answers in all “causes” one of which is teleological.) The world does not sufficiently answer for itself.

4. Christianity insists upon true friendship. Friendship is essential to the life of any human being. Without friends, the life of a person is unappreciated, unrecognized, frustrating and burdened with a feeling of incompleteness exacerbated by a longing for something the person knows not what. Christianity insists that a person care for others, especially when the going gets rough and caring for others is a clear hardship. Christianity is the best means for the development of true friends.

5. A Christian holds no grudges. He is not responsible for correcting or punishing the countless wrongs done by other persons. He is responsible for remedying as many of the wrongs he can reasonably rectify. Those who worry about just deserts in this world are not Christians. Christians know that bad persons will reap their own “rewards” later. Christians do not have to worry about ultimate justice, only what to do now which is the right action.

6. Christians know that they are loved. Love involves holding a person responsible for his deeds while acknowledging that the person is still cared for, loved.

7. Christianity is fun. It enables a person to dive in to the mysteries of life without being consumed by overwhelming frustrating details. Christianity immerses a person in the celebration of life and its mysteries.

8. Christianity gives a person someone who will listen to his “bravado”, complaints, stupid ideas or pleas for understanding and forgiveness. Untold misery infects the person who cannot reveal his innermost thoughts and feelings to another person. God is a good listener.

9. Christianity involves the sharing of pain and joy. God is just as pained from wrong doing as any other good person. Likewise, He celebrates when right actions and beautiful things are brought into being. God knows what it is like to be us.

10. God is on the side of good. There are forces of evil at work. God and we must do all that we can to overcome these evils. We are both comrades for the good. He has as much at stake as do we. Our good efforts, no matter how small, are not overlooked in the scheme of things. The “pennies” of good works which we do make dollars in the fight against evil. God and we have the same goals; we are both committed to the good and the same struggle to obtain that good.

Of course, the story is not complete without the "other side of the coin." I'll leave it to you to come up with counter-examples to the above.

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