That he lived, he taught, he died, he rose from the dead, and that he is coming again to judge the world...
Why do I believe it? Why would a well-educated scientist like me believe it is true?
Here are some of the main reasons. I don't think any single reason is particularly persuasive. However, for me when they are put together I find them compelling.
- it transcends culture and background. through every age people with diverse backgrounds (ethnicity, education, wealth, social status, ...) have had their lives transformed by believing the Gospel is true.
- it transcends time and history. after two thousand years of change (scientific and technological advances, political changes, wars, philosophy, literature, music, ...) it is just as relevant and powerful.
- it transforms societies as well as individuals. whether it is the scientific revolution, the drive to abolish slavery, starting hospitals and schools, overcoming caste, ...
- the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why did the disciples change from confused cowards to confident evangelists who were willing to die for their faith?
- a coherent world view (it describes the nature of humanity, knowledge, ....)
- the Bible answers the question: why does science work? the universe was created by a God who delights in order and truth, and made humans in his image.
- the amazing coherence of the Bible and its beauty as literature.
- the alternatives (atheism, postmodernism, religious liberalism, other religions, ...) are less compelling and raise greater problems and questions.
I would say this is the "rational" basis for my "faith" that the Gospel is true.