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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Blog Post #8: Why Should You Believe?

The American Atheists have a billboard up this year with a beautiful picture of the nativity. Why? Because they're trying to get the attention of non-believers with their message: "You KNOW it's a myth!"

You may find this an odd thing for a Christian to say, but I understand where they're coming from. I mean, it's a pretty unbelievable story. A virgin becomes pregnant by the Holy Spirit and then gives birth to God himself.

Why would any logical, intelligent person believe that?

To find the answer to that question, one must go back to the very beginning. Before people. Before animals and plants. Before the earth. Before the sun and moon and stars. Back to the very starting point of our beliefs.

"In the beginning GOD..."

Those are the first words in Genesis. You don't need to read any further than that to decide if the Christmas Story is truth or myth. By the 4th word in the Bible you have to make a choice:

Do you believe in God or not?

If the answer is 'yes', then nothing in the Bible is impossible or illogical. Nothing. That includes a virgin becoming pregnant. That includes God coming to earth as a human baby. And that most definitely includes that Baby growing up to die on a cross to save us from our sins.

However, if the answer is 'no', then nothing in the Bible makes any sense. In fact, every word and every story is downright ridiculous.

To believe in the Christmas Story is to believe in God. To believe in God is to believe in the Christmas Story. They are linked in a way that cannot be separated.

"In the beginning GOD...!!!!

"...and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God with us.'" (Matt. 1:23)