“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4
The work of the devil, the “god of this age,” is to deceive people so that they can’t see the truth. It seems like Satan is winning that war today with many buying into the lie that moral truth isn’t objective; that people create their own reality. How, then, should Christians define truth for seekers?
What if someone, for example, says to you that Christmas is just another holiday full of stories like Santa Claus? Do you have a good, reasonable response to that? It is important to have good answers, because people today are skeptical about everything. First pray and then tell them why Jesus is not just another “myth.”
Years ago, when my skeptical Dad was still alive, he used to mock me, claiming that what I believed in was just like believing in Santa Claus. Back then, I didn’t have good, reasoned arguments to correct his thinking. I just had my experiences with God and those weren’t enough to convince him otherwise.
Today, I have studied the subject in depth and because of it, if my Dad were alive today, I would tell him why my belief isn’t compatible to believing in myths.
For one thing, Jesus was an historical figure who people wrote about in ancient documents outside of the New Testament, and also within it. I can’t tell you how many people seem to think that the eyewitness accounts in the New Testament should not be counted as “evidence” for Jesus just because these documents are included in the Bible. Here’s the thing — these accounts of what the disciples heard and saw Jesus do were written in separate, eye-witness accounts. It’s just like testimonies we’d hear in court today of those claiming to see a particular event or attest to someone’s character.
The gospels were written before 120 A.D., and about 115 A.D., Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, refers to ‘the Gospel’ as an authoritative writing. Later, the Gospels were gathered into one volume and then Canonized (read more about how the Bible is reliable here.)
These testimonies are reliable! We believe that Jesus is Emmanuel, “God with us,” because of what these accounts tell. He was born, just like the rest of us, as a human being. He grew up like most kids, learning to walk, talk and grow in wisdom. He can relate to us in every way. But, because of His sinless life, He became the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice without blemish, as practiced in the Old Testament Passover. No more sacrifices needed, thanks to Jesus!
Christ became the last sin offering for all of time. This gift doesn’t expire like Saint Nicolas’ gifts do! Jesus gives the gift of eternal life just because of faith. No one can earn it, and for good reason—so that no man can boast that he is any better than anyone else (Eph. 2:9).
Think Divinely: Christmas is a great time to share the truths of Christ to a skeptical world. Pray that their eyes would be opened.