Why I Believe in Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in a personal God, but that still allows for multiple conflicting religions. So I’m going to be a bit more specific in this post. I believe in Jesus Christ.

Few people doubt the existence of the historical person named Jesus. So I’m not going to spend any time defending that belief. When I say that I believe in Jesus Christ, I mean that I believe in all the things he taught and all the things he claimed about himself.

For example, I believe that Jesus is both God and the Son of God, that he came to earth as a human, that he is Israel’s Messiah, that he died for our sins and was placed in the grave, that God raised him back to life, that he appeared to many witnesses, that he ascended into heaven, that he is the one and only Savior of all mankind, that he is the rightful King and Lord over all, and that he will one day return to earth to reign.

Each one of those points could merit a separate explanation, but for now we’re going to take for granted that these are all things Jesus claimed about himself, whether explicitly or implicitly. I believe everything he taught is true, so I believe all these statements are true about him.

One popular argument for the reliability of Jesus’ claims is the “trilemma,” made famous by C. S. Lewis (although he was not the first to use it). It can be summarized by saying that Jesus must be either a lunatic, a liar, or Lord.

In other words, the claims made by Jesus (such as those listed above) are so extreme, that he cannot simply have been a “good moral teacher.” If he is not who he claims to be, then he must have been either lying or insane. Since men of sound mind do not choose to die for something they know to be a lie, he must have been insane. Yet no account of his life gives any hints that he was mentally unstable. So he must have been exactly who he said he was.

This argument is a very powerful one to me, but it is not without a weakness. It presupposes that the biblical accounts which record the claims of Jesus are themselves accurate. If Jesus never actually made these claims himself, then the argument falls apart.

There is a much stronger proof—one which completely solidifies in my mind that Jesus is all these things I believe him to be. We’ll look at that in the next post.

For now, what do you think of Jesus Christ? Did he claim these things about himself? Is he who he claims to be?

Why do you believe what you believe?

“Why I Believe” Series