a lot of people believe that Jesus ws real and woalked the earth, but you must have faith in Him as the resurrected son. e cannot just know about Him, but find the personal relationship with Him
Douglas Groothuis is a distinguished scholar, but because this is the design for God’s human creation after the fall. Regardless of accomplishments in this life, we are equalized on the playing field of faith. Ephesians 2 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.…”
You can believe Jesus christ lived on earth and doing many things extraordinary but if don’t follow him,believe and do what he says you end up with nothing in faith, history is just leading to know Jesus and believe him.
Jesus says blessed are those who believe without seeing. I did not witness Jesus, but I believe he lived, died and resurrected because I believe the Bible is true. History just adds a plus to the faith, but it is not the main reason to believe. History can tell us that he lived, died, and presented himself to many after living again, but it does not make true all his quotes. The only proof is the Bible. I can know he lived, but I have to believe that He was, is and will be God.
You can believe that Jesus lived on earth because of history, but when you don’t follow Him and do what He says, then you don’t believe all at the same time. You have to get saved and believe in Him to really believe.
Because you can say you are a christian and that You follow God but never put your faith in Him and trust Him so that faith in Him is a bond you are trusting Him to guide your life and show you to the right path in life. So that is why we have to be rooted in Him and trust His word.
God gives us free will, he will never force us to follow him and it is for this reason that you have to have faith in him. God gives us an open invitation to come to him but it is ultimately our choice