As I go about my life I have had the fortunate opportunity to explain and discuss my faith with people and why it is very much crucial for me as I go about my daily living. But in response to me talking, I listen and I hear why people may go different routes and why they may believe different things from me. They can be very simple as they haven’t had the time to think about it and don’t have much of a belief or opinion, whereas there are other people who go down the spiritual route but it isn’t a traditional perspective (what I mean by traditional is that it isn’t something that you can go to a church/temple/mosque to go and worship).
It is something which C.S. Lewis describes as:
‘People who hold this view say that the small variations by which
life on this planet “evolved” from the lowest forms to Man were not due to
chance but to the “striving” or “purposiveness” of a Life-Force.’ – C.S. Lewis
Now in my experience, people who have this mindset are individuals that would like to believe in something but would rather not go to the more typical routes, or take the choice in making a decisive choice. Especially when this ‘Life-Force’ as Lewis calls it has no form of consciousness and is just merely there. Then ultimately it is just a slip out of people believing in something, without any of the sacrifices made.
‘The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?’ – C.S. Lewis
Now I don’t want to come across as someone belittling spiritualism as a whole. What I would like to bring up however, is people who say these deep philosophical thoughts and they don’t back it up with how they live their life. In a way this agitates me, even with different people in their own beliefs, even in Christianity. But the difference with that is with Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, etc. that they will go to their place of worship and they will do their business, whereas people can be in a pub, on their fifth pint and they can say ‘I believe A because of B’ and you can see there is no true dedication to this.
Which I guess is the difference between a believer and a follower.
Now to the title of this post, ‘Why Christianity?’ There could be many things that can be written with this title in question:
Why is Christianity targeted in the media today?
Why is Christianity the best choice for you today?
Why is Christianity the choice to make my life ultimately better?
Quite ironically the question I have shares the same answer with the previous questions just mentioned. Why do people don’t tend to go to Christianity and instead make up their own form of spiritualism?
The answer, it is the truth.
And unfortunately in the United Kingdom, as there is a church on every street corner the truth is just too obvious I believe, or people would rather not go by what is considered by many ‘The norm’. So people will take alternative routes and try to find their own belief system without any of the hassle religion brings. But to those people I say this, the reason Christianity has been around for so long is simply because it is truth. When more than 2,000 years ago a man was walking around Israel healing the sick, raising the dead and claiming that He was indeed God. That story has not been alternated and that is in fact truth, this man even claimed to be truth itself and even more so than that. He claimed to the way, the truth and the life. This was truly preposterous for its time and He was ultimately killed for it, but then stories were told once more that this man rose from the dead itself and people still tell these tales to this very day. To conclude once more with Lewis:
‘This man we are talking about either was (and is) just what He said or else a lunatic,
or something worse. Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.’ – C.S. Lewis