James Sire’s book The Universe Next Door had made it abundantly clear that there are really only two basic worldviews: those that say the ticket to heaven is being a good person, and the one that says the ticket to heaven is Jesus Christ. In short, there’s Christianity, and there’s everything else.
I wanted to believe something in the “everything else” pile, thinking that Christians (except for my mom) were a pretty boring lot. My rationale was this: All these other religions said that it’s being a good person that gets you into heaven. My mom had been a great person, as had my dad and Granny, and I was planning on becoming one ASAP. So an "everything else" worldview would solve my problem forevermore.
To find the perfect match, I set up a series of mental buckets. I labeled each one with the name of a major “everything else” worldview, from the Baha’i Faith and Islam to the New Age and beyond. I then set out to gather the evidence for them. My plan was to drop each proof into the appropriate bucket and then, at some as-yet-unspecified date in the future, to sift through all these proofs and proclaim one the winner in the truth department.
Except that, hard as I searched, I found not one shred of evidence for any of them.
“Because we have a holy book” sure doesn’t cut it. Who doesn’t?
“Because it works” is equally unremarkable. They all say that.
“Because there are so many of us” is almost laughable, given how often the majority of people are dead wrong.
Finally, I had to admit that “everything else” has, at best, no relation to truth. Which left only the opposite category standing: Christianity.
Almost reluctantly, I turned to the Bible – and was blown away by the evidence I found for its truth, particularly in the realm of science and prophecy.
It’s been 14 years since I set out on my quest, 13 since I arrived at the only possible conclusion. If you haven’t already reached this conclusion yourself, please let me know what’s standing in your way; your eternity may well be at stake, and I may be able to point you in the right direction.