Reasons to Believe

25 Years, 25 Reasons to Believe - Kenneth R. Samples

I view the God of the Bible as the best explanation for the most meaningful realities of life.

This type of abductive logical reasoning is referred to as inference to the best explanation. Here are five profound realities that are best explained by Christian theism.

Ken’s Top Five Reasons

1. Abstract, nonphysical entities. Some of the most wondrous realities of life—including numbers, the laws of logic, and moral values—cannot be observed by the senses.

The Christian worldview grounds these conceptual realities in the mind of an infinite, eternal, and personal spiritual being. God is the Source of both the visible and the invisible.

2. Objective moral values. Moral values are a fundamental part of human life, every bit as real as the law of gravity. In their hearts, most people experience the pull of moral duty. This sense of moral oughtness is prescriptive in nature, transcending subjective feelings.

Unlike secular attempts to account for morality, God’s existence and nature provide a logically sound source and foundation for objective moral values.

3. Human purpose and significance. If God doesn’t exist and the universe is merely the product of blind, purposeless, natural processes, then from a logical standpoint there can be no objective meaning to life.

However, humanity’s deep sense of, and need for, meaning comports well with the Christian truth-claim that God created human beings in his image (imago Dei) and that man’s greatest needs are to be reconciled to God and to enjoy fellowship with him forever.

4. The enigma of man. A reliable belief system must explain humanity’s enigmatic nature. Man is capable of great goodness and creativity yet equally capable of great evil and destructiveness.

The Bible unravels this enigma by revealing that man’s greatness results directly from the imago Dei, while human wretchedness can be traced to Adam’s fall into sin.

5. The extraordinary life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the verifiably reliable documents of the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth made unparalleled claims to divine being and authority during his public ministry.

Jesus’s resurrection from the dead is evidenced by numerous facts, including his empty tomb, many post-crucifixion appearances, and the historic emergence of the Christian church, among other things. All alternative naturalistic explanations for the resurrection prove logically implausible.


Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

Kenneth R. Samples

I believe deeply that “all truth is God’s truth.” As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity’s truth-claims. Read more about Kenneth Samples.