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If Santa isn’t Real, Then is Jesus Real?

Many parents teach their children about Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jesus. At some point they realize that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are not real and may question if what you’ve told them about Jesus is true. How will you answer?

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The problem the “church” faces today is that people profess Christ but do not know why they believe what they believe. They re-post images or comments by others but they cannot defend their faith or share why they believe what they believe in their own words.

They rely on others to share and may have doubts but do not try to verify the Bible’s accuracy even when there is mounting evidence defending the case for the Bible and it’s accuracy.

Sean McDowell, during the 2016 Vantage Conference at Awana, shared three tests for the accuracy of the New Testament.

  • The Honesty Test
    Did the writers claim to be writing truth?
    Did they write embarrassing material? If not they would not be sharing truth, but making themselves look good.
  • The Telephone Test
    Have you played the telephone game where the message gets distorted? The documents we have today are verified to be accurate over time.
  • The Corroborative Test
    What other historical documents and archaeological finds corroborate the Bible. There are many!!!

Sean shared many items that make the case for the accuracy of the New Testament. All too often our youth, and other adults, hear some of the arguments for the first time from non-believers and are thrown into a tail-spin when they hear it, when if we taught them the proof behind Biblical accuracy and what to expect when talking to a non-believer, then they will be better prepared to defend their faith. We need to be able to defend our faith in our own words, with solid evidence to show the Bible’s accuracy.

Below I have included a video from the Atheist Experience where the hosts talk about how Christians are unable to share why they believe what they believe. They often post another person’s thoughts. Take a few minutes to watch the video and ask yourself if you really know why you believe what you believe and can you share that with others?

So, why do you believe what you believe? Share it with someone, in your own words, own your faith, don’t borrow it from another.

Updated: May 2, 2016 — 7:34 pm

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