I recently had an engaging conversation with an acquaintance about a wide variety of topics. Ranging from life after death, near-death experiences, child-parent relationships, and the value of human beings. At one point, I mentioned one of the novel features of Christianity. Precisely the logical, sequential, and deductive nature of the Gospel. For example, we all have the capacity to love, but if we love, we must have free-will, and if we have free will, we can commit evil, and if we are bound by evil, we need a savior, and finally, a savior gives us hope for redemption. On the fly, I could not do it the justice I can here, but I wanted to take a moment and look at each step.
Most of us will agree that love is the ultimate ethic. Some like to think that God is love, nothing less, and nothing more. Some may even quote 1 John 4:7-8 to support their belief. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Yet scripture makes it quite clear that God is not only loving but just, Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. God is not only just, but has a host of other character traits. Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Psalm 119:90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Psalm 71:19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God? Love is just one of the many character traits of God.
When God created us, He also gave us free will. Again most would agree you can’t have love unless you have free will; otherwise, we would be nothing more than biological androids pre-programmed to act, feel, and believe what we were programmed to. Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. If you don’t believe in free will, then you must conclude your opinion is pre-determined. As is mine and we have nothing to weigh and consider because every thought is pre-determined. Moist robots, nothing more. Mark Clark put it this way, “Given unguided evolution, it is not likely creatures such as you and I would ever develop ‘true’ beliefs. We would only develop beliefs that helped us survive.” 1 Take it a step further, and you can rightly conclude we should doubt every belief we have, yet NOBODY lives that way.
Given that we have free-will, to believe as we choose, then comes the possibility of sin. Just look around, sin in our world is not only a possibility but a reality and we experience it every day. Scripture lists several behaviors that just about every sin you can think of would fall into one of these listed. Proverbs 6:16-19. There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. For argument sake, I will call sin evil.
Since we are surrounded by evil and are all responsible for it, we need a savior, and we find that in Christ. He came to this world for the specific purpose of rescuing us. We are captives and have no hope of escape. Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, John 12:44-47 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
Finally, since we have a savior, we have hope for redemption. Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Colossians 1:20-22 And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Love > Free-will > Sin > Savior > Redemption
What other world view, what other religion, offers this rational and sequential doctrine or ideology? None. Ravi Zacharias wrote, “The verification of what Jesus taught and described and did make belief in Him a very rationally tenable and existentially fulfilling reality. From cosmology to history to human experience, the Christian faith presents explanatory power in a way no other world view does.” 2
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- Clark, Mark. “Problem of Science.” The Problem of God. Zondervan, 2017, pg. 36
- Zacharias, Ravi. “Behind Every Question.” The Logic of God. Zondervan, 2019, pg. 3