There’s no question that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth remains far and away the most pivotal event in human history. The movement spawned by his students in the wake of his ministry started as a small cult within Judaism and, over the following 2,000 years, both literally and repeatedly changed the world. The three branches within Christianity today (Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy) comprise the largest religion in the world with adherents numbering more than 30% of the world’s population or over 2.2 Billion people. “Who was Jesus?” has become one of the quintessential “big questions of life” alongside things like “Is there a God”, “Why am I here?” or “What is the meaning of life?”
The new movie, The Case for Christ, based on the worldwide bestselling book of the same name, follows former atheist Lee Strobel as he uses his journalistic skills honed through a career as the legal editor for the Chicago Tribune to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife Leslie, but the material presented in this movie and in the book is not just for the skeptic, the atheist, or the agnostic. Regardless of your faith, or lack of, the life, ministry, and claims of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded by his students stand in stark contrast to many of your assumptions. Many of these assumptions will be addressed in the movie:
Lastly, Christians. We do not need to believe that Christianity is true in spite of the evidence. The evidence actually supports the truth of Christianity and that evidence doesn’t disappear when our mood is not there or when hard times in life come or go. Knowing that your faith can be proven as objectively true rather than a preference or relative truth can solidify your faith in ways you’ll never imagine.
I’ve heard it said that human history swings on the hinge of a stable door in Bethlehem. Ultimately, you must decide whether or not you want to reject or follow Jesus, but make that decision based on the evidence surrounding his life (and there is a ton of evidence), not on shallow assertions or the sloganizing that gets passed around the culture.
The Case for Christ opens today, click here to find tickets.
Writer, artist, lay theologian, student of comparative religion.