Reasonable Doubt or Reasonable Hope

“I consider myself fortunate to [write to] you today as I make my defense [of the hope I have]. What I am saying is true and reasonable. Short time or long—I pray God that…all who are [reading my blogs] may become what I am.” (Acts 26:2, 25, 29 NIV 1984).

My Musings – On a recent post (“When Opportunity Knocks,” May 24, 2021) I was asked, “please give a reason(s) for the hope you personally have. Thank you.” My response follows.

Thank you for asking. I only have one reason for the hope that I have, and that is the saving grace of Jesus Christ. But I have multiple reasons for why He is the only reason.

First and foremost is His own testimony that no one comes to the Father except through Him.

That is a bold claim, but it is backed up by His life and ministry as recorded by eyewitnesses (Matthew and John) or first-hand accounts received from eyewitnesses (Mark and Luke).

Not to mention the countless miracles that He performed, as recorded by these individuals.

The fact that He fulfilled scores of Old Testament prophecies recorded at least 400 years before He was born. Many (most) of which were impossible to orchestrate if He was not who He said He was. One was the manner of His execution that did not exist at the time of the prophecy and another that He would rise from the dead (another bold claim).

His resurrection, validated by over 500 eyewitnesses who saw Him alive after His crucifixion. The impact that His life, death and resurrection has had on the world. Starting with the bold and dramatic transformation of His first disciples who cowardly abandoned Him at His arrest, but ended up dying as martyrs (all but one of them) for their belief in Him. Extremely unlikely for an itinerant teacher from a backwater village having little to no formal education.

Finally, the impact He has had on my life and the life of my family. As a family, we have gone through tragedy, severe illnesses, handicaps and other difficulties (you can read about them in my blogs under “Our Family Album”), each one giving us ample reason to give up hope. But each one actually solidifying our faith in Him.

Thanks again for asking. I hope you found this helpful.

My Advice – To my readers who are believers (many more learned and eloquent than I am), please feel free to comment and add the reason(s) for your hope. To my readers who may not be believers, reasonable doubt or reasonable hope? It’s your call. Feel free to reach out to me.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

3 thoughts on “Reasonable Doubt or Reasonable Hope”

  1. Our faith/hope/trust is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness. When I stood condemned to die He took my place. He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures. He ascended into heaven but one day He’s coming back, for His own, that we may live with Him there. I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. Whosoever believed in Him has life eternal, abundant and free. Your Site is full of testimony Steve and thanks for sharing it.

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