"Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It's like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can't trust my own thinking, of course I can't trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God."
― C S Lewis, The Case for Christianity
I believe that the universe was intricately designed, created and is sustained by an imaginative, intelligent, all-powerful being; that this being is self-revealed as the holy God of the Bible - a loving, merciful, and compassionate God, who desires relationship and gives each individual the freedom to choose whether to be in relationship with him; that he entered the world in the form of Jesus Christ, who lived, was crucified, and was resurrected to live again; that through this sacrifice we can be reconciled into relationship and that through this resurrection we have assurance that the relationship will continue through eternity.
While Jesus lived on this earth he ministered to the marginalized, modeled compassion, confronted the status quo, and taught those who chose to follow him how to live. I choose to follow him. My mentors are more articulate than I - a smattering of quotes from some of these may help to illustrate what I believe to be true.
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
― Mere Christianity
― Mere Christianity