Reason number 10

Have you ever considered how Christianity could have possibly grown into the world’s largest religion given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the life and death of Jesus? How could Christianity have such exponential growth in the first century unless it is true? Granted, Islam and Hinduism have also grown to be quite large, but the growth of Christianity is truly without comparison.

The Bible records how Jesus lived His life and began His ministry.  He typically had a small group of followers (Apostles) that he would teach. He frequently had conflicts with the Jewish leaders. They were threatened by his followers and teachings, which they felt contradicted their own Scriptures, and His growing popularity. He was knowledgeable about the Scriptures and He had a keen understanding of His role.

The Bible records how Jesus spent time with sinners, forgave their sin, and met their physical needs. He healed people and, on at least two occasions, fed several thousand people with only a couple of fish and loaves of bread. Several days before He was arrested He was hailed as King as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.

The religious leaders hated Jesus. They had Him arrested and brought before the Roman leader Pontius Pilate. Even one of His Apostles denied knowing Him when one of the people identified him as an associate of Jesus. Pilate found no fault in Him, but in an effort to appease the Jews He offered them the chance to have Jesus released. The people chose to have another prisoner released and have Jesus executed by crucifixion. He went from being hailed as the King just a few days before to being arrested and given a sentence of death, even though Pilate found no fault in Him.

Jesus was executed by crucifixion. His followers were disillusioned. The message of Jesus looked like it would die along with the rebel leader. But that is NOT what happened. The Bible records Jesus resurrection on the third day. Jesus appeared to His Apostles and others for a period of forty days. It is estimated that there were over five hundred people that saw Jesus following His resurrection. The reality of so many witnesses could explain why Christianity spread so quickly.

Think about this for a minute. If Jesus did not rise again and His message was buried in the tomb with Him, then who would be willing to carry out the message of a lie? What would be their motivation? Would there be enough of them willing to carry out this false message? I believe the answer to this is NO. Not only were there many witness to Jesus after His resurrection, eleven of Jesus’s twelve Apostles were martyred for their faith. Would all of these men be willing to die for a lie? Would you be willing to die for a lie?

I know what you are thinking. Islamists die for a lie all the time. In fact, Islam teaches that the only way a Muslim can be assured of going to heaven is by dying for Allah during Jihad. Muslims are deceived and desperate to be assured of salvation. This is a much different scenario than what the first century Christians experienced. They saw the resurrected Christ and were willing to die in the process of sharing His message of love, hope, and redemption. The explosion of Christianity in the Middle East can only be explained by the fact that so many people saw Jesus after His resurrection, and His followers were empowered by the truth of His message that they were willing to die for their faith.

Over half the people in the world believe that Abraham is father of their religion. The Jews missed the Messiah when he came, and the Muslims believed a different Gospel. There is no comparison between the Koran, Hadith, and Sira and the Bible. There is no comparison between Muhammad and Jesus. There is no comparison between Yahweh and allah. This is why I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND YOU SHOULD TOO.


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