Friday, April 22, 2011

An Atheist and Easter

It was the worst news I could get as an atheist: my agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was 'divorce.'

I thought she was going to turn into a self-righteous holy roller. But over the following months, I was intrigued by the positive changes in her character and values. Finally, I decided to take my journalism and legal training (I was legal editor of the Chicago Tribune) and systematically investigate whether there was any credibility to Christianity.

Maybe, I figured, I could extricate her from this cult.

I quickly determined that the alleged resurrection of Jesus was the key. Anyone can claim to be divine, but if Jesus backed up his claim by returning from the dead, then that was awfully good evidence he was telling the truth.

For nearly two years, I explored the minutia of the historical data on whether Easter was myth or reality. I didn’t merely accept the New Testament at face value; I was determined only to consider facts that were well-supported historically. As my investigation unfolded, my atheism began to buckle."

Lee Strobel, a successful journalist and a confirmed atheist, found upon investigation that the biblical claims of Easter were true and, "one by one my objections evaporated."

He says, "I read books by skeptics, but their counter- arguments crumbled under the weight of the historical data. No wonder atheists so often come up short in scholarly debates over the resurrection."

"In the end," he says, "after I had thoroughly investigated the matter, I reached an unexpected conclusion: it would actually take more faith to maintain my atheism than to become a follower of Jesus.

Lee Strobel is celebrating his 30th Easter as a Christian this weekend.

The Wall Street Journal recently published his story, which includes the above. Take a moment and read it this weekend.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and may you experience His resurrection power and presence.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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7 comments:

  1. "No wonder atheists so often come up short in scholarly debates over the resurrection."

    Seriously??? If christians were winning the scholarly debates, I doubt atheism and agnosticism would have doubled in the last decade.

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  2. Today I receive that if those who crucified Jesus had known what David knew, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (Acts 2:25-31)

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  3. No atheist could ever do well in a debate over the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Firstly, they don't have on truth to cover their loins. Secondly, their heart is not covered by a breastplate of righteousness. Nor are they prepared with the good news of God. Having no shield of faith, nor helmet of salvation, nor sword of the spirit, they neither pray in the spirit. Being so ill equipped, how could they ever do well in anything pertaining to spiritual matters?

    It seems all they can do is try to find fault with anything that is good, of God, or on the right path.

    They will loose every debate they ever get into about the Bible and they don't even seem to know it.

    Few Christians even wish to spend any time on them at all.

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  4. Some of the best equipped Christians will stand and win an athiest, for we all entered this world as unbelievers, and rebellious, but we came to the knowledge of our sins and then to the cross by the grace of God.

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  5. Really??? You have data to prove that claim. Christianity is the fastest growing belief system in the world. Ask the communists.

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  6. 10:49pm

    Yes, but linking to it isn't allowed.

    Gallup Poll has done several on the subject. Do a search for 'Gallup Poll non-religion 2008' and you'll find lots of data verifying the growth of the non-religious segment.

    Christianity is shrinking in America.

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  7. Christianity likely shrunk the most while Jesus lay in the grave, but it exploded on the day of Pentecost.

    If Christianity is really shrinking in America, I wonder if it's because Christ is being ridiculed, mocked, scorged, and treated unjustly.

    Is he being sinned against today?

    The Church will arise because he arose. Because we partake of his sufferings, we will be glorified with him. Therefore, let's give him glory.

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