“As a student of apologetics at the expense of my personal time and research, much of the material contained in this book I was already familiar with. I had read “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell and “Many Infallible Proofs” by Henry Morrison. All fantastic books that helped shed light on many extra-Biblical resources concerning the validity of scripture.
Perhaps the most fascinating chapter in this book to me was the chapter concerning the medical evidence of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Dr. Metherell gave a detailed description from a medical doctor’s perspective of the horrors that Jesus endured and how it was humanly impossible to survive the torture that He suffered through. I recall a verse in the scripture that speaks to this very point, “his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any and his form marred beyond human likeness…” (Isaiah 52:14) I believe this verse captures a picture of just how bad Jesus was marred from the excessive torture he faced.
Not only does this paint a clear picture of what Christ went through both physically and perhaps mentally, but it paints a much clearer picture of how much He was willing to sacrifice in order that we may have life. If anything, this book has affirmed to me how much God loves us. It also shows me the great lengths critics will go to and try to disprove Christ. Why anyone would reject the love of Christ is incomprehensible to me… a product of being held captive by sin perhaps?
I was deeply moved by the aforementioned chapter which resulted in a time of personal reflection and a time alone between me and the One who endured the cross for me, my Lord and my Savior.
“The Case for Christ” will no doubt help bolster my belief and knowledge of Christ and perhaps strengthen my faith in Him. But, since Christianity is not a religious system based on facts or evidence but is instead a relationship between God and man, it would not have deterred my faith otherwise. Where I find “The Case for Christ” most helpful for me personally both in ministry and my Christian walk is in my defense of the faith, especially when presented with challenges from those of other faiths, including atheists, humanists, and agnostics. As a future missionary, I will no doubt be confronted with people of differing faiths and belief systems and I must always be ready to give an account as to why I believe in what I do. The Bible says:
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
There have been several instances in my life in which God has placed me into a situation where I had found myself ill-prepared for the volley of questions thrown in my direction concerning matters of Christ and faith. These instances have taught me the importance of becoming better equipped through not only the study of scripture, but the utilization of extra-Biblical references and tools. “The Case for Christ” has pointed me in the direction towards these works of references and will likely refer to them for future use.
Aside from my own personal testimony of how God has brought me into a relationship with Him, it is always good to present certain facts surrounding the reason, or the person that I believe in. This book has helped provide more ammunition to my arsenal of defense of the Christian faith, and I look forward to putting it into practice someday.