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Look, I realise some people will never be satisfied with this title and will say, that’s way too few! Maybe it is. There are many people who will never be satisfied with any number of reasons for why they ought to become a Christian. So, let’s start with six; it may not be enough for everyone, but it may just help you (and no one else!) to cross the line.

EXPLANATORY POWER

No other world view fits reality precisely at every point. The explanatory power of historic, biblical Christianity touches all of reality; from how the magnificent cosmos was created by the all-wise and all-powerful living personal God, to how there is significance written into everything, including ourselves. Internationally, the rise and fall of world empires is best accounted for by the biblical story of human pride and the egocentric lust for power. At an individual level these biblical truths reveal the shocking malignancy of sin in the broken relationship with God our Maker and his overwhelming provision of Jesus Christ as Saviour – Deliverer from our rebel shame and misery. Despite the explanatory power, we also note that the force of logic by itself never made anyone a Christian.

A FRAMEWORK FOR SCIENCE

Biblical Christianity claims to reveal a finally true who is jesus philosophy and explanation of reality. A review of the modern history of thought will show that the rejection of medieval superstition and the recovery of biblical Christianity around 400 years ago, led to the discovery of the scientific method. Now thinkers gained a basis for an understandable cosmos and a reasoned approach to designing tests and modelling reality that have continued to be of such use, even to the present. Now, long after secularism has tried to jettison Christianity, it relies on the heritage borrowed from that same Christianity – a rational, dependable framework for scientific enterprise in a meaningful and credible cosmos.

A SECURE BASE FOR REASON

Ultimately, the roots of our personal rationality are grounded in our being made in the image of the personal living God. But we need a Christian base to accept that there are ample reasons for becoming a Christian. Make no mistake; the Christian position assumes with utter realism the terrible potency of unbelief as it vehemently defies God, all the while borrowing its rationality from him, for, ‘in him we live and move and have our being’ (quoted in Acts 17:28).

Non-Christians also use their God-given reason in futile attempts to justify their unbelief, and cannot escape the serious charge of using what they have been given to deny what they have been given – a rationality that transcends electro-chemistry and which grants a sense of correlation with final reality and a personal significance deriving from the Creator.

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF THE CONTRARY

There is nothing cock-sure about this; it is just a simple admission, that when you become a Christian, you are convinced of its final truth. When you are brought into a living relationship with the risen Lord and Christ, who is both the ‘I AM’ (John 8:58) and ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6), you become ‘a new creation’ in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now, the Christian knows that his beliefs are not just like bits of coloured plastic in a kaleidoscope – shake them around and you get another equally valid beautiful combination – not at all. For us a contrary view of equal validity and final truth is simply impossible.

JESUS CHRIST

The historic person of Jesus Christ is the most powerful reason why you ought to become a Christian. In him, we see the Creator who in faithful mercy became the Redeemer – the One who delivers the sin-bound captives by his sin-bearing death upon the cross and his bodily resurrection. He is now alive forever more, accessible, on his terms – for he is Lord. He is the welcoming, sympathetic Saviour who calls to all who are weary and weighed down to come to him for rest (see Matthew 11:28). Turn around then and come to Jesus ‘for life and have it abundantly’ (see John 10:10).

GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S GRACE

What more could you want than six simple, clear reasons for why you ought to become a Christian? Let’s face it, the utter realism of the biblical analysis of the sinful, God-defying human heart and its position under the divine judgement call for the most urgent acceptance of God’s rich, underserved favour. These are not trivial issues – on the Christian view you are not meaningless molecules – you are a person, accountable to God!

Take a look back over these reasons. Of course there may be others to consider. But start with these and remember Jesus’ words ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life’ (John 5:24). This sort of belief is wholehearted and it’s not a leap into a mystical cloud of heightened awareness – not at all. You trust on the basis of the most assured credibility – Jesus the Lord, and his truth claims, certified by his bodily resurrection. You are overwhelmed by the glory of who it is who is offering you a personal share in heaven’s best, and you hold out the hands of faith to receive freely what has been gained at infinite cost.