The great philosopher and theologian G.K. Chesterton is known for penning the phrase,

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

Yet it seems as though some don’t shy away from Christianity because it’s difficult; they shy away because their judgement may be clouded by misinformation and myth.

Dr. Alex McFarland is the Director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University. He has a passion for reaching the next generation with the truth of the gospel and developing a solid Christian worldview in those who have already come to faith. He says,

“Much of society has a warped view of what Christianity really is. So many people today believe they have to be good to be accepted by God, or that the Bible is just a list of dos and don’ts, or that God is far away and unapproachable. I used to think this way, too, until I realized that rather than providing ‘proofs’ about God and the Bible, we should strive to really know Jesus.”

He’s outlined some of the myths people believe about Christianity in his book,  The God You Thought You Knew. He shared three of those myths with us:

Christianity is intolerant and judgmental toward others

“A lot of people think that, largely because of the four and a half decades of the homosexual agenda being promoted in our culture. But in reality, Christianity is the world’s most inclusive viewpoint, because the Bible says ‘Whosoever will, may come’. Who can come to Jesus? Everybody!”

Christianity is not a religion for the educated

Checking off names like Augustine, Luther, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Ravi Zacharias, Stephen Meyer, and others, Dr. McFarland says that from astronomy, to biology, to philosophy, you can be an academic and still believe what the Bible has to say:

“You don’t have to be a scholar, of course, but name any academic discipline. There are born-again believers that love Jesus and trust the Bible from all of the academic disciplines and there have been throughout history. It’s just been one of the lies of modern education that belief and God, and specifically Christianity, is for the unintelligent.”

Christianity is untrue because it is based on faith instead of facts

Citing the increasingly-growing body of archeological evidence which supports the accounts of both New Testament and Old Testament figures and events, Dr. McFarland says this of those who still wish to remain skeptical:

“I believe compelling evidence, historical evidence, points to the fact that we can trust the Bible. It’s been said that if the Bible were merely a secular book, its authenticity would be beyond all doubt.”

3 myths about Christianity

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