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
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.