Why do Christians Choose to Believe in Jesus

Why do Christians CHOOSE to believe one ancient myth as truth vs. another as fiction; Why do you choose to believe the Jesus story and NOT the Mithras, Horus, et al. stories?  This question, asked this week, is based on a false premise.  Christians do not “Choose” to believe Jesus over Mithras, et al; what they actually do is “Choose” to place their trust in Jesus, because He offers forgiveness of sins, everlasting life, and freedom from want.  It is not a ‘selective’ choice, it is decision to commit [to Jesus].

  • Objectivity Vs Subjectivity

You can’t objectively defend your decision to follow Jesus, by logic, because it is an emotional decision.  You are seeking to partake in the love of God and Jesus our Saviour, and this is almost always in response to some deep felt spiritual need.  It is certainly not a coldly logical  decision.  You do this because you want to, not because you logically thought it out and decided Jesus is more credible than some other prophet. See here for another explanation of this.

  • Love, Not Logic
Love, Not Logic
Love, Not Logic

My grand-daughter is addicted to pit bull terriers.  For me they are hateful animals, because I was personally involved with a shocking experience with three young pit bull dogs that went feral and had to be shot to stop them killing others.  To Sophie, they appear to be a beautiful dog, and I pray she never, ever has occasion to defend my great-grandson from it’s fearsome jaws.  I have lots of “logical” and “objective” reasons why she should never expose my great-grand-son to her pit bull pup, but it would be a total waste of breath for me to offer her those opinions, because her attraction to pit bulls is emotional, rather than logical.  I found years ago that you can’t argue reason against emotion because we use love, not logic!.

  • Full-scale Commitment

What we  are discussing here is full-scale Christian committment; not just “going to church;” but total commitment to the Lord Jesus.  It’s like going out with someone is not the same as marriage; because marriage too demands total commitment.  When you are married, it is ” for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, and ’til death do us part” – ie, total commitment. This is the same level of commitment as when you give your heart to God!

  • It’s a Love Affair, Not Reason, or Logic

Just as my wife loves me for myself, and not for logical reasons, so we love Jesus and we don’t have to justify that with logic.  For Christians it is a fact, and we are entirely happy to live within the framework of His love, secure in the knowledge that He will take care of us, and bring us eventually to eternal life. Thank you, oh Lord, for your amazing, unconditional love for us.

 

 

14 thoughts on “Why do Christians Choose to Believe in Jesus

  1. We all know that love is not logical – when we are in love with an earthly partner – but we don’t get it when it comes to our religious experience with Jesus. We need to be reminded of this. thanks for an excellent post.

    1. @Inspirational –

      This is important to remember when discussing the belief in Christian things with non-believers. Our response is not capable of normal logic, because it is based in love!

      😉 – Rhys

  2. Wow, I needed to read this post this morning! Thank you for your words of inspiration. It is so true.. I think the thing that touched me the most was the last bullet point about how your wife loves you for who you are — which is not necessarily logical. In that same way, we love God — which is also not necessarily founded in logic. There are some things in life that demands a leap of faith.

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  4. Rhys I actually on the whole agree with you. There is no evidence in the truth behind any religion, so believing in Jesus Christ is an entire act of faith, a stab in the dark, as we cling onto the hope that the stories really are true.
    However in terms of it not being a logical decision i tend to disagree. I have a friend who was a Muslim for 40 years. He spent a lot of time researching not only his own religion but also the religions of others. His conclusion was Christianity made the most sense to him, he felt not only an emotional pull but also logical reasoning and is now a practising Christian.

    1. Love your story about the Muslim, and I notice you factor in the emotional content of the decision.

      😉 – Rhys

  5. Sorry Rhys, but love IS a choice. Many people who once “fell in love” and married end up getting divorced because the feelings went away. When one chooses to love, then the turmoils of life have no consequence, and love will prevail. True love is not a feeling it is a choice. Feelings come and go , but logic will prevail when the winds of change blow by…

    1. @Darin – I can’t honestly speak about true love in any context but own experience. For me it was never a choice, but it started out the sheer compulsion of love at first sight; it grew through the stages of simple physical attraction to the realisation that Mary and I wanted nothing more from life than to be together, and from that to growing old together. I’m only too aware that for some that doesn’t hold true and that it doesn’t last, but that in no way negates the validity of my life or experience. 55 years, and counting!
      😳 – Rhys

      1. And my experience actually compares (in some ways) to a couple that I met from India over a decade ago. Their relationship was arranged by their parents, and they “fell in love” gradually and increasingly over the course of the years of their marriage. They made a non-emotional choice to be committed to the relationship that their culture required via their customs.

        I believe my marriage was chosen by God. I would not have chosen my wife unless I had first chosen God and believed that he picked my wife for me.

        I thought my wife was attractive but I didn’t look at her and have this “leap for joy” or any such emotional flippity floppity. Even at a few minutes before my marriage ceremony people were telling me that I must be ‘so’ nervous; but I wasn’t and couldn’t relate.

        I can however now say that I look at my wife (or even think about her) and I am ‘so’ in love with her. When I think of my wife now I feel like I am swimming in a sea that God created and a plan that there is no equal to. I am ‘so’ grateful for the beautiful and simple moments that God has given me with my wife, the family that God has given me, and the way that our love for each other is seemingly growing over time.

        But if anything every happened to “rock our boat”, the rock of my decision to marry her was never based on emotion. I married her because I believe it was God that chose her for me. That decision is based on a person (Christ) that will never change, will always be. My decision is based on Him, and not myself or what I want. … Emotions get involved here yes but the decision on the foundation is where this all starts and ends for me.

        1. @Tim –

          You said;”I believe it was God that chose her for me.”

          – Right, you didn’t “choose” her, the choice was made for you both – I think this underlines my point that as Christians, we don’t “Choose” Jesus over other prophets/gurus, but we do “Choose” to obey and worship and follow Him.
          😉 – Rhys

  6. “You can’t objectively defend your decision to follow Jesus, by logic, because it is an emotional decision.”.

    Can’t say I can completely agree with that. I ‘can’ however agree that for some it might be and for others it’s hard to say. Hard to say because there is so much logic and emotion all tied up in all of it.

    Yes, I made a decision to give my life to Christ. But I made that decision because I had an encounter with God that caused a thousand things all in one moment to make logical sense to me. There is a book called “More than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell that could sum up a lot of what I think on that topic.

    However all of this information and “sense” certainly did produce an emotional response in me. It shared a lot of similarities to an epiphany, but in this case the epiphany was was the person of Christ. I truly believe the Word of God is living an active. And when I seek Him with all my heart, mind and strenght; I know Him. Though He is not far from any one of us 🙂

    1. @Tim –
      Like all generalisations, it is hard to make it fit every case. I agree that it is compounded of both the objective and the subjective.
      My own experience of meeting Jesus and “having the light turned on” in my head suddenly made total sense of all the previous puzzles and uncertainties.
      😀 – Rhys

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