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Christian CADRE "Why I am a Christian" Page
People often mistake a belief in faith as "blind faith." To the contrary, Biblical faith, as defined in Hebrews 11:1, "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." As noted by Gregory Koukl of Stand to Reason: "For the biblical Christian, the facts matter. You can't have assurance for something you don't know you're going to get. You can only hope for it."
This page is designed to post a number of testimonials by Christians explaining what it is that makes them believe that Christianity is true. In other words, what facts or evidence do they see as compelling?
Escape from Nihilism by J. Budziszewski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin -- A Christian scholar chronicles his journey from faith to nonreason, and back.
How I Became a Christian by Dr. Otto J. Helweg, P.E.,
Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota State University Fargo -- "Previously, I considered religious people to be weak physically and mentally; social outcasts who had to flee to church groups to find acceptance (i.e., a tall skinny kid with glasses). It never dawned on me that my theology was inconsistent."
My Quest for Success by Walter L. Bradley, Ph.D., Senior TEES Research Fellow at Texas A&M University -- "However, as I began to discuss with them their experience and contrast it to mine, I realized that I had never gone to church with the serious intention of cultivating a relationship with God. In fact, the possibility had never occurred to me. My stereotype of religion at that time was that to become more religious, I should stop doing the ten things I most enjoyed doing and start doing the ten things I least enjoyed doing."
My Testamony by Metacrock, Founder of the Christian CADRE -- "As I read the Gospels I began to feel that Jesus was a really the coolest person. I began to really admire him. He was always focused on the individual, the one in need, always opposing hypocricy, and undermining the authority of the powersturcture. He was full of compassion, but wasn't weepy. It makes a big difference not to read it just to find contradictions."
There and Back Again by Marvin Olasky, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism, University of Texas, Austin -- "I went through not only an intellectual change but a deeper transformation. While a Communist I believed man's problems to be external, with revolution as the solution. Bible and sermon reading, however, pushed me to see the problem as internal and the only cure personal."
*Truth, Love, and Newness of Life: Why Muslims become Christians -- Testimonies from former Muslims from around the world explaining why they have become Christians.
The Way of Discovery: A Personal Journey of Faith by Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III, Director, Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, and Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia -- "I discovered that the intellectual challenge to fully understand the depths of the Christian faith is quite comparable to that required to plumb the depths of molecular quantum mechanics. I've been at it in earnest for over twenty years and haven't come close to exhausting the wealth of 20th century Christian intellectual writing."
Why I am a Bible-Believing Christian by Frank L. Caw, Jr. -- "TSince the mathematical odds are so astronomically high that 300 such prophecies could all be fulfilled precisely as predicted on the basis of mere chance alone, we can hold our biblical Christian faith with complete confidence and psychological certitude."
Why I am a Christian by William Alston -- "I found myself drawn into the community of the faithful, the community of those who stand in the tradition inaugurated by, and continuously involved with, the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. As I see it, the Church is the community founded by Christ for the purpose of disseminating His message, of bringing people to Him, of presenting Him bodily in the sacraments. It exists, as C. S. Lewis says in a vivid passage in Mere Christianity, for the purpose of spreading the "good contagion", the contagion of the Holy Spirit."
Why I am a Christian by Dr. Warren F. Larson -- There are three reasons why the author is a Christian and why he feels he made the right choice. These are rooted in the first book of the Bible and traceable throughout its entirety. The essential issue in this all-important subject revolves around our God concept, our Christ concept and our human concept. Although the three are alluded to in Islam they are radically different from what God has revealed in the Bible.
Why I am a Christian by Dr. Dan Simon, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University -- "The existence of God and the truth of the Bible cannot be proved. But although the evidences summarized above are by no means definitive, they are convincing enough to me (and I think to most honest and rational persons) to conclude that Christianity is true."
Why I am a Christian by Paul Clayton Smith -- "I suppose I became more of an agnostic than an atheist, but I still couldn't bring myself to think that Christianity was right. It's funny, but at the time, I couldn't name a single Christian in my life that I respected intellectually or morally. Like many, I judged God by the mistakes of people who claimed to represent Him, and I found Him wanting."
Seek and You Will Find by Michaeld J. Murray -- "Still, in the course of my early deliberations about Christianity, the things which I read convinced me that the resources were at least available for making reasoned, and reasonable, stabs at resolving these difficulties. Of course, clearing the decks of objections against the faith is not equivalent to giving positive reasons for believing its truth. As I reflect on my own early thoughts about Christianity, I now realize that the single most powerful positive consideration raised by my lights was one that still has great currency amongst popular Christian apologists. In fact, it is an argument that I still discuss routinely when I am asked to speak to student groups on various campuses about my own religious convictions. The argument focuses on the historical reliability of the accounts of Christís resurrection."