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Tough Questions

Anyone who has bothered to give some thought to the reality of God will have come up with some curly issues that aren't easily resolved.

We're up for the challenge of giving a reasoned answer to any question you pose...not because we think we can convince anyone of the reality of God but because anything that is true should be able to stand up to scrutiny and criticism. And because sometimes the courage to take a leap of faith needs a good firm foundation of rational and logical thinking to base it on. In fact, one of the great Christian thinkers of the 20th century, C S Lewis, was led to belief in Jesus Christ through logic.

He reasoned that Jesus Christ had to be one of three things: he was either a lunatic, a liar or who he said he was - Lord, the Son of God. If he was a lunatic, then why did people follow him at all, and how can you explain  the millions of followers he has today, 2000 years after his death?

If he was a liar, what compelled him to die for his own lies? No liar aware of their deceit has ever shown that level of commitment to their own deception. A liar is self-interested, and death has no self-reward whatsoever. That left Lewis with the ultimate conclusion that Jesus was Lord, as he said he was. This logic didn't solve all his concerns about the nature and presence of God, but it forced him as a man of intelectual integrity to accept what seemed undeniable.

Lewis' analysis may not be enough for you to come to the same conclusion, or you may already be a follower and have some other difficult issues to resolve - no matter what the concern, we're happy to attempt an answer.

If you've got questions other than the ones covered already, send them to philip@chapelhill.org.nz

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