First, once I accept that the Bible is true, then I must accept what the Bible says in totality. It is either all true or none of it is true. The option to pick and choose truth from the Bible would call into question everything said and leave us unsure as to which parts are true and which aren’t.
Second, review any major religion and what you will find is a description of man’s attempt to reach God by man doing something to merit heaven and salvation. This is why Christianity cannot rightly be called a religion. It teaches that God did everything; all man can do is accept the free gift. Christianity focuses on the relationship between the believer and Christ.
According to the Bible, Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Only His death and resurrection justifies us before God, and only by accepting this free gift can man enter a Holy God’s presence. The following are only three of the many verses that convey these truths.
John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
In John 14:16 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Ephesians 2:9 asserts, “It is by grace you have been saved . . . it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
But I think what is most compelling is the biblical proof that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. In He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado, Lucado states that there are 332 distinct prophecies in the Bible about the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every one of them. The mathematical possibility of one man fulfilling all of them is . . .
Every belief system has an element of faith in it, and faith by its very nature has doubt; otherwise, it wouldn’t be faith. However, I am hard pressed to find another belief system that has so much factual support for it. Add to that the very real presence of a God who is personally involved in my life, and like the apostle Paul, I can say with assurance, “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.” (2 Timothy 1:12)