By the word sense, I mean ordinary human understanding or knowledge. The Bible tells us in 1Corinthians 3:19 that human wisdom is considered by God as foolishness. So yes, many things in Christianity seem foolish or senseless to a typical non-Christian. Let’s look at some of them.
God saving Mankind through the death of Jesus: The
other day I watched a debate between a Christian and a Muslim on
Youtube. One of the issues the Muslim scholar had against Christianity
was our belief that God sent His son to take on human form and suffer
death on our behalf.
The Muslim said it was unthinkable for God to
reduce or humble Himself to that level. He wondered if any earthly King
or President would do that, how much more the Heavenly King? Well God is
not only the King of kings, the Creator, but He is also a Father. Many
fathers and mothers will often sacrifice their comfort for the sake of
their children. It is for this reason that Jesus,God’s only begotten
Son, was sacrificed on the Cross that we might be saved. In Phillipians 2:5-8 we read:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be
used to his own advantage; rather,he made himself nothing by taking the
very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness. And being found
in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to
death—even death on a cross!
Salvation cannot be earned but received:
Almost all other religions teach that to attain eternal life, you must
work hard: do good deeds, meditate, etc. It is only Christianity that
teaches that to receive eternal life we should just ask for it! Good
deeds from a Christian are from a grateful and redeemed heart, not as a
way of earning salvation. However this concept is too simple and
mind-boggling! And this is largely because many people don’t know how to
receive things for free especially very expensive things.
repeated the cliché “if something sounds too good to be true, it usually
is”, so many times that we don’t believe in the free gift of eternal
life. Besides, human beings are usually proud, we want to feel we
deserve eternal life because of what we did. This makes many people
sneer at Christians and consider them weak. Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9 says:
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it
is by grace you have been saved. For it is by grace (God’s unmerited
favor) you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can
The Almighty God sees everyone as equal: Naturally
this doesn’t sit well with human beings. We like to categorise people,
we just love it! But God doesn’t do that and doesn’t see us any
differently. We are all His kids, regardless of economic or social
class,gender, race, or even age.
We are even called joint-heirs with
Jesus Christ,imagine that! This therefore gives us the privilege of
approaching God not with fear but with the confidence of children going
to a loving Father who cares deeply about them. Yes we respect others
who are in authority over us, but that doesn’t mean we see them as
demi-gods or as better than we are.
We see ourselves through the eyes
of God as His beloved children in whom He delights. This in turn makes
the Christian to show love and understanding towards others, even those
who do not share His/Her beliefs.
The Gift of the Holy Spirit:
What transformed Peter, a fearful man who denied Jesus before a servant
girl, to boldly proclaim Jesus before thousands on Pentecost Day? The
Holy Spirit! What makes Christian Martyrs both in ancient times and even
in modern times to stand resolute for Jesus, even in the face of death? The Holy Spirit. What makes Christians continue praising God even in
the face of persecution and uncertainties of life? The Holy Spirit!
is called the Comforter according to Jesus in John 14:26 “But
the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate,Strengthener,
Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name[in My
place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all
things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to
your remembrance) everything I have told you.” The Holy Spirit makes all the difference in a Christian.
Believing is seeing: "Seeing is believing" is an accepted way of life, we often want evidence before we believe. But
for a Christian, this faith is anchored in the knowledge that we have a
loving and powerful Father, who is more than able to do beyond and
above all we could ever ask or imagine. So we rest in His Hands,
confident that if He has said something, He will bring it to pass. We
rest in His will, knowing that whatever happens, all things work
together for the good of them who love Him.
I must say
that not all Christians live like Christ. True Christians are known not
by name but by deeds. Only a deep relationship with God through Jesus
Christ can make a person live out their faith in a way that makes no
'sense' but yet is so appealing to others. The world is desperate for
something that is authentic, my prayer is that as Christians, we will
shine our lights brightly where ever we are, so that people can find in
Christ the source of Life itself.