Are you a Truth seeker?
Every person has a set of beliefs that shapes how they see the world (whether they think about it or not). And in one way or another, each “worldview” seeks to answer several questions that are utterly foundational to life: Why are we here? Who am I? What is my purpose? Why is the world the way that it is (and, in particular, why is it so messed up)? What’s the solution? Where’s it all going?
But these questions aren’t just Christian questions. They’re human questions.
Obviously every worldview has some truths. But only following Jesus leads to a worldview that passes muster in the categories that constitute a test for Truth (capital T, as in God’s Truth): logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance. In other words, Truth isn’t just a set of philosophical, propositional statements — it’s only found in, and grounded in, the trinitarian theism of Christianity.
The name of of this podcast and blog, obviously, is “For the Hope.” We take our cue from the writings of one of Jesus’ closest followers, Peter, when he wrote:
...always being prepared to make a defense (to give an answer) to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you… ~ 1 Peter 3:15, CSB
Here’s why this was such a radical thing to say:
Despite a veneer of culture on the surface, the Ancient Near East had a deeply dark side. Nations had centuries of conflict, war and revenge. They followed a myriad of gods who were fickle (and evil) — child sacrifice, molestation, and even bestiality were worshiped along with the gods that practiced them. And at the time of Jesus, the ruling Roman empire wasn’t any better (even pederasty was exalted). Famously, it wasn’t safe to be a follower of Jesus.
So when Peter writes a letter to Christians (both Jewish and non-Jewish) scattered hither and yon, what’s the presupposition in his admonition that readers should be prepared to give answers for their hopefulness? It was people around them would be amazed that they had hope.
Christian hope wasn’t wishful thinking then and it isn’t now. It was (and is) based on a historical reality witnessed by hundreds of people — that Jesus lived, died, and rose again just as the Scriptures said he would. In fact, these people were willing to die for it because they knew what we know: Jesus conquered death, and those who accept his gift of forgiveness and healing will, too.
Here we focus on Jesus, Questions, Stories, and Evidence
Jesus (via daily Bible reading): The Bible is a collection of writings that all point to, or flow from, Jesus. We choose to believe (and read) it because it’s a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies, and they claim that their writings are divine (rather than human) in origin.(1) It’s spiritual food, and here we relate to it — and therefore Jesus — every day (using The Bible Project’s reading plan).
Questions to ask: Some questions we ask ourselves, some we ask others. It completes the picture of Christian community and culture — we not only relate to and connect with Jesus, but each other and our own selves. (Use search to find “questions to ask”)
Stories: Human minds and hearts are wired for story. It’s part of how we answer those big worldview questions and understand our story in light of The Author’s story. (Use search to find “stories.”)
Evidence: No worldview except Christianity delivers on all tests for Truth: logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance. No question is off limits. There are answers.
(1) This is nearly a direct quote from a brilliant class taught by Voddie Baucham called “Why You Can Believe the Bible.” Highly recommended.