Where to Start?
Where to Start?
Bryan Smith (Christianity On Tap)
Before we begin our journey through the Christian faith, it is only appropriate to examine our starting point. After all, there are so many aspects of the Christian faith, all of which are equally important. God, the Bible, Jesus, sin, salvation, miracles, prayer, church – the list is seemingly endless. Out of the innumerable aspects of Christianity, some start with God. Others with the Bible. Still others with the Gospel itself. Indeed, it can be argued that there really is no right or wrong way to start such a journey, and I am inclined to agree to an extent. The Christian faith is, at its core, both holistic and organic in nature. As such, each aspect of the faith is essentially related to and intertwined with every other aspect, forming a tightly wound web of belief that ultimately points to Christ our Savior and Lord. Sort of an “all roads lead to Rome” concept, except where all the roads are inextricably connected in a way that makes it impossible to be on only one road at time.
However, all of this being said, I am inclined to say that I find the starting point with God to be the most logical. After all, we cannot speak of the Bible being the Word of God unless we have already established that there is a God who can have a Word. Nor can we speak of Jesus Christ being the Son of God unless there is first a God capable of having a Son. In this way, the existence and nature of God seems foundational to the rest of Christianity. Sort of like the concrete slab that holds up all the walls of doctrine within the house of Christianity. No matter how strong the walls, without a foundation no house can be built. Likewise, without first establishing the existence of God, there can ultimately be no basis for understanding the rest of Christianity.
Now, you may disagree with me, and that’s perfectly fine. I’m not claiming that this is the only way to embark on such a journey, just that it seems to be the most logical starting point to me. And this is no easy task, to be sure. There is much headway to be made in establishing a firm foundation for Christianity before we can explore it with any trustworthiness, and it is precisely this foundation that we will only begin to unpack next time. Until then…
P.S. We’ll be using Norman Geisler’s Systematic Theology as our guide, so for those who wanna dig even deeper, feel free to grab a copy and follow along.
Bryan Smith is the creator of Thoughtful Christianity and Christianity on Tap. Follower of Christ, loving goofball of a husband, self-confessed bookworm, textbook over-thinker, and unabashed Christmas addict, Bryan is just a typical old soul who lives to know God and fellowship with others, a common layman with an insatiable appetite for Christian theology, philosophy, and apologetics.