Christianity, is the only way of life from all religions that has objective arguments supporting its non-human and unearthly origin. That means the origin is from God and we better take this seriously. Here are three basic arguments. Each argument will end with a question for pondering.
Christianity Began With Persecution
1. The first argument – the easiest, requiring no special historical knowledge. Unlike other religions, Christianity began with the monstrous persecution. The leader was crucified, one of the 12 disciples betrayed him, and the rest of them (except John) were executed. Yet people were following. Until the year 313 ten waves of monstrous persecutions hit Christians. Roman historian of the 1st century Cornelius Tacitus writes that Emperor Nero placed Christians at stakes in his gardens and burned; serving also as torches for the spectators, when the day was over. The most popular persecution was throwing Christians to the lions. – Let’s imagine a similar situation these days.
Questions To Ponder
Who would go to join this religion? Who would want to sacrifice his or her life for a religion about which nothing is virtually known. How could Christianity survive if most followers are killed in such hideous ways? Let historians try to explain this. Acts of Apostles describes what happened to those who sincerely accepted the faith in Jesus. Many of them were immediately given the gifts of miracles, prophecy and healing. But most importantly, they received such knowledge of God in their souls that removed all fear of torment and suffering.
Therefore, without recognition of the fact that this religion God himself acted, enlivened and encouraged his people is it possible to understand the existence of Christianity today?
How Could The Fishermen Spread Truths Fundamentally Differing from Analogues of Judaism and Paganism
2 . Second argument – Doctrinal. It is the most extensive. Basic Christian truths like Trinity and Incarnation fundamentally differ from all analogues of Judaism and Paganism of the era in which Christianity was born . We know about Jesus from the writings of uneducated, remotely-provincial fishermen who were the Gospel writers. They simply stated and wrote what they had seen, heard and experienced. They stated and did not invent. These were often things that they themselves did not understand. They were not even really literate. And all of the sudden, they write about things and truths about which philosophers and thinkers of all ages come in bewilderment (like “Kingdom of God is Within You”).
Questions to Ponder
Where did these truths come from? The only literate and learned person among them was Paul, but he said openly and with stunning clarity: “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” 1 Cor. 1:23 – How do you reconcile all of these together?
The Question of Who Is Saved According to Christianity
3 . Third Argument – the spiritual and moral. Ask the following question to any religion. Who is saved from a religious point of view? Everyone will answer you: “those who fulfill the requirements of that religion and keep the commandments.” But in Christianity NO such a thing. What requirement fulfilled the criminal on the cross whom Jesus said “today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43) What commandment did he keep? He was a convicted criminal and acknowledged it. Who baptized him? Communion was just instituted a day before the Crucifixion and only the apostles took it. A criminal, felon and he is the first to go to heaven. In this sense, Christianity is an anti-religious religion. Think about it. How come? Where does this come from? All of His students were Jews, grown up in Jewish religious law. How could they preach something like this the followers, even when their Master was crucified?
These are objective things. Regardless of your faith in Jesus Christ, it will be useful for you to think about them because your life is at stake.
And yes. Perhaps the origin of Christianity is found elsewhere, wherever you may think, but certainly Christianity is not from this world. It simply contradicts the worldly logic.
I mostly translated and paraphrased the above writing from the writings of Aleksei Osipov, a well known Russian Orthodox theologian, professor and lecturer from Moscow Orthodox Theological Seminary.