Atheists and, perhaps, most agnostics believe that religion in general is based upon superstition and cannot be supported by credible evidence. They tend to think that people who are religious tend to be ignorant, especially with regard to scientific evidence that indicates natural forces created the universe, including all forms of life. As a result, their perception of religion, including Christianity, is that it necessitates blind faith (i.e., faith that is not based upon credible evidence).
Although the faith of some Christians may seem to be blind, this does not mean that blind faith is necessary for a person to become a Christian. And, even if many Christians are not able to provide credible evidence to support the basic beliefs of their religion, this does not mean that they were not previously taught valid reasons to believe basic Christian doctrines. Christians, like most people, may forget a lot of the information that they were taught, and, as a result, many of them are not readily able to provide credible evidence to support even some of their basic Christian beliefs. However, there are many other Christians who can provide credible evidence as to why they believe as they do.
So, what are some examples of credible evidence that is the basis for the basic beliefs of Christians?
Before we address this question, we want to make it clear that there is considerable credible evidence to support basic Christian beliefs. There are thousands – perhaps, millions – of writings that provide such evidence.
The following are articles that we have written, with a brief synopsis of each, that provide plausible reasons why a person can have confidence that the Bible, God, and Jesus Christ are all worthy of trust. These articles rely heavily on the knowledge and understanding of scholars who have investigated the credibility of what the Bible says. To access these articles, click on their titles.
Belief in the Credibility of the Bible
- “Is the Bible Reliable?” Among the reasons to believe that the Bible is reliable are the following; the integrity of those who wrote it, its internal consistency, its fulfilled prophecies, the proximity of New Testament writings to the time of Jesus Christ’s ministry, validation by ancient biblical manuscripts, validation by other ancient writings, and archaeological evidence.
Belief in God
- “Evidence that God Exists” Those who assert that there is no God base their belief on their assumption that there must be scientific evidence that God does exist. They are unwilling to accept the possibility that God can be proven logically or that He can be proven by many miraculous experiences witnessed and/or personally experienced by multitudes of people throughout the centuries, a number of which are recorded in the Bible.
Belief in Jesus Christ
- “Was Jesus Christ More than a Prophet?” Among the reasons for believing that Jesus Christ was more than a prophet are the following: He made claims of deity about Himself, He was sinless, He performed miracles, He was resurrected from death, and He was regarded as deity by early Christians.
Faith in General
- “Should Faith Be Based on Evidence?” While faith for a Christian goes beyond reason and evidence, it does not exclude either reason or evidence. A Christian can rely not only on his (or her) own experience in their relationship with Jesus Christ, but also on reason and evidence.
In light of the foregoing information, particularly what is discussed in the referenced articles, we believe there is ample credible evidence to support basic Christian beliefs and, therefore, although Christianity necessitates faith, it does not require blind faith. Those who diligently seek to determine for themselves if such evidence is credible will have valid reason to trust the basic Christian doctrines.