Millions don’t believe in Jesus...millions do...everyone seems to believe different things about him. So who’s right? When a Christian says that the gospel all about Jesus is true, how do they know? How can they be so sure? Is it just a matter of blind faith? What is the evidence for Christianity? Is Jesus just a myth? Did he even exist? Is he even relevant to me today?
The writer, C.S. Lewis put it this way:
"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse."
Nicky Gumbel, as an atheist and a barrister, found himself asking these questions....
God's Love can restore even the most broken life
At age 14, Paul was convicted for robbery and assault. At 15, he was taking crack cocaine, and at the age of 18 he was living on one of the worst council estates in London.
‘I had always seen God as someone far away from me, but experiencing God as a father allowed me to [reconceptualise] family relations, to really understand parental love. It was through Alpha that I discovered that awesome love.
Describing his journey to faith as a restoration project, Paul is quick to emphasise that ‘temptations are always there. Of course they are. Except now I have new responsibilities. I know that I am loved, I know that God wants to restore me.
[Read Paul's full story here]
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