I read “The Case for Christ” some fifteen years ago.
It had quite an impact on me because of the approach used by the author, Lee Strobel. Mr. Strobel was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune back in the 70s, who was also an atheist. When his wife became a Christian, it bugged him. There was a part of her life in which he couldn’t share.
What to do about it? Well what else but to disprove Christ’s divinity! More…
A Quiner’s Diner reader, Larry, took issue with a previous post where I suggest that a person wouldn’t die for a lie. My point is that ten of the twelve disciples of Jesus were martyred for spreading Christianity. They wouldn’t have gone to their death for a lie, I suggest. Larry disagrees by questioning the veracity of the eye witness, Paul. Let’s look at his concerns … More…
By Tom Quiner
Lee Strobel was an atheist who came to believe in Jesus after spending two years trying to disprove His divinity.
Be sure to watch the video from my previous post where Mr. Strobel, a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, talks about his surprising findings about Christ.
C.S. Lewis was another atheist who did not want to believe in Jesus.
His friend, J.R.R. Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame, presented compelling arguments in defense of Christ that began to persuade Mr. Lewis to reconsider his atheism. Mr. Lewis was further persuaded to believe in God, and eventually Jesus, after reading “The Everlasting Man” by G.K. Chesterton.
Lewis’ conversion was a reluctant one:
You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
Mr. Lewis was transformed from an atheist into a theist and eventually into the most persuasive Christian apologist of the 20th century.
C.S. Lewis famously framed the debate on Jesus this way: either he was lord, liar, or a lunatic. There’s no middle ground. He spent the rest of his life making the case for Christ. It is a compelling case.
I put up a video in my previous post by comedienne Janeane Garafalo who dismissed Christianity as a myth. I have listened to a little of Ms. Garafalo on TV. I’ve read some C.S. Lewis. Mr. Lewis comes across as the more intelligent of the two. (Nothing against Ms. Garafalo, C.S. Lewis is smarter than most people I know!) In fact, he was in agreement with Ms. Garafolo until he began to truly study and think … and eventually pray … about this Man who walked the earth two-thousand years named Jesus.
So why does a former atheist and crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune now believe Jesus and His claims are real? Because of the evidence.
Why did an atheistic Oxford literary academic change his mind and become one of the most influential Christians of the 20th century? Because of the evidence.
There are two exciting paths to Jesus: reason and revelation. Stubborn men like Lee Strobel and C.S. Lewis were lead to Christ through the path of reason. The upside of the journey is off the charts!
By Tom Quiner
Liberal comedienne, Janeane Garofalo, recently called the Bible a “work of fiction.” Watch …
I don’t know how much Ms. Garofalo has read, studied, or even contemplated the Bible. But I mention her quote because she will influence a certain segment of her audience with her dismissive attitude of the most fascinating book ever written.
Is it true, though?
Is the drama of God’s gradual revelation of Himself to man really on the level?
Can we trust that the texts are accurate; that the four Gospels that talk about Christ aren’t agenda-driven works of fiction?
I believe that the bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. I don’t say that casually. I’ve come to this belief through two paths: revelation and reason.
I read a series of books by former Chicago Tribune reporter, Lee Strobel, who wrote about his journey from atheism to Christianity. His first book, called “The Case for Christ,” was written as if he were a reporter. He wrote the book in an attempt to disprove Christ’s existence and His claims.
Strobel was stunned to discover that there’s a mountain of evidence to support the miraculous underpinnings of Christianity. Watch his video below to learn more. Then go pick up your Bible. Read the Gospel of John to whet your appetite for a message of hope that can change your life.