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Human beings are inveterate seekers people on a quest Centuries ago a North African by the name of Augustine wrote that Our hearts are restless til they find their rest in Thee speaking of mankinds desire for God More recently the American novelist Frederick Buechner has referred to that inner search as a longing for home Those who study such things tell us that there are basically three reasons why we come to believe in God reason revelation and religious experience At best all three weave seamlessly together to bring us to a place of faith Reason and belief in God By reason we mean that faculty of the human spirit that seeks to understand the world in which we find ourselves We hear ourselves asking the big questions Who are we Where are we Why are we here Why is there something rather than nothing at all Christianity is a reasonable faith it asserts that there are good answers to the questions we ask answers that make sense and hang together People become Christians for a variety of reasons Some because thats the way they were raised in Christian homes in a Christian society Others because being a Christian has utility it makes them better people Studies have demonstrated that having faith allows us to live more balanced satisfied and productive lives However as philosopher Diogenes Allen has noted becoming a Christian on these grounds alone is mostly a matter of personal preference something like preferring frozen custard from the dairy state of Wisconsin over the finest New York cheesecake The reason to become a Christian says Allen is because Christianity is true it describes the world the way it really is Christianity provides the most reasonable explanation of the world of the place and purpose of human beings in the world Christianity asserts that God created the world including human beings who were to be Gods stewards of
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