No one likes to be falsely accused of anything. There isn’t any one of us who wouldn’t put up a vigorous defense against the smallest charge.
But what about the claim Christians believe in a fairy tale, in spite of the evidence against it? A claim I once held as true.
What’s your response to that accusation? What’s your defense? Do you have an answer, or are you quiet? Do you hide away and say to yourself you know it’s true because Jesus is in your heart, and that’s enough evidence for you?
That’s what your heart says, but what does your mind say? Can it give a reason for the truth of Christianity aside from the subjective feelings of your heart?
I’m not saying that having Jesus in your heart isn’t true! He’s in my heart too! I’m asking how do we know it’s true aside from what our hearts are telling us?
If the subjective testimony of the heart is enough, then the worldviews of all religions are equally valid because the participants in each believe in their heart theirs is true.
But they can’t be equally valid!
All worldviews have explicit, distinct and exclusive differences from all others, or they would cease to exist. Their differences are what set them apart. Their exclusivity is their distinct claim of rightness over all others.
But they can’t all be right because truth is exclusive by definition.
For instance, when Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”, he’s making an exclusive claim. To be a Christian you must believe he was right with that statement.
But how do you know he’s right, aside from your faith?
Is there objective evidence?
And that’s assuming he even said it! How do we know he really did say it?
The heart is no help on these matters on its own. It’s testimony is not enough.
The heart’s testimony should be the catalyst to inspire the mind to get on board to refute or confirm the truth of what the heart feels is true.
The mind must have a testimony of it’s own.
Because what we believe and what we think both have eternal consequences.
That’s why we need two testimonies: one from the heart and one from the mind.
We aren’t complete without both.