Of course, the Church was discarded but not dissolved. Christ promises us that “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9).
Indeed, the Church persists as she always has and will (Matt ), and her doors are as open as theyresponded to this question by remarking: “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” It is true that Christianity does not exist to make us happy. Peter Kreeft, who some believe is the makes the following distinction: “Joy is more than happiness, just as happiness is more than pleasure. Of course, this offer means nothing if God does not exist. At best it would be a nice idea worth spreading to make one feel warm and fuzzy, a safety blanket for the naive.
But if God does exist, your only chance of winning eternal happiness is to believe, and your only chance of losing it is to refuse to believe.
As Pascal says, ‘I should be much more afraid of being mistaken and then finding out that Christianity is true than of being mistaken in believing it to be true.’ The Christian life demands change, and the toughest kind.
WASHINGTON — Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall was filled to capacity.
The images of morality, faith and patriotism, of art, science and the alma mater looked out at the crowded horseshoe balcony and down on the stage, with its podium and single chair.It often means turning from the things that come easiest—things that satisfy our natural urges. What makes Christianity hard is that it reminds us of our imperfections.But the ability to freely choose to say no to our urges and impulses is what makes us distinctly human. Christianity is an invitation to actualize the human destiny of everlasting happiness; and through the Church, God has provided the roadmap to get us there. We are much too prideful to enjoy such a thing—and this, I fear, is where the skeptic checks out.Steven Hawking once proposed that heaven is a of the human mind, as Ludwig Feuerbach and friends have contended.There is far too much external evidence for the existence of God.We have more reliable historical information about Jesus than almost any other major figure in antiquity.(Unfortunately, it is often overlooked that the New Testament writings are also valuable ancient historical texts.) Furthermore, the miracle claims of Christianity abound and continue to survive rigorous scientific scrutiny.(This is why we do not lock up dogs and chimpanzees for rape and murder.) To say no—and yes! Christianity is hard because it aims to soften hearts. The skeptic robs himself of the opportunity to encounter the Good News.One of the tough facts of Christianity is that we must face up to the fact that we are fallen. Chesterton famously remarked: for sinners: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mk ).Christianity hinges on the person of Jesus, and virtually all New Testament experts today, including the critics, agree that Jesus certainly existed.To add to the testimony of his existence, ancient texts such as the Babylonian Talmud record Jesus to be a worker of wondrous deeds.