Mankind faces a singular problem. People are broken and the world is broken because our friendship with God has been broken, ruined by human rebellion. Humans, you and I—are guilty, enslaved, lost, dead. All of us. Everyone. Everywhere. The guilt must be punished, the debt must be paid, the slave must be purchased. Promising better conduct in the future will not mend the crimes of the past. No, a rescuer must ransom the slaves, a kindred brother must pay the family debt, a substitute must shoulder the guilt. There is no other way of escape.
This is why Jesus of Nazareth is the only way to God, the only possible source of rescue. He is the only one who solved the problem.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2025
It is impossible for the Christian to talk about God, salvation, or worship without bringing Jesus into the discussion, whether explicitly or implicitly. For New Testament writers, Jesus is a window onto the nature, character, and purposes of God. Jesus is the ground of salvation. Since the time of the New Testament onwards, Christians have worshipped Jesus as the risen Lord and Savior of the world.
— Alister McGrath, quoted in “An Answer to the Hypocrisy Excuse” by Kenneth Samples; an article for Sample’s Critical Thinking class
Christianity has much to say about God and about man. It claims to possess certain crucial insights into the character and purposes of God, and the nature and ultimate destiny of man. It makes claims concerning the meaning of life, and the significance of death. What is particularly distinctive about Christianity, however, is not just these crucial insights themselves, but the way in which we come to know about them in the first place. Continue reading