Why Christianity is Fulfilling and Satisfying
The world today has turned, she has grabbed her pitchfork, torch, and dagger and is looking to slay Christianity. Indeed the western world has all but abandoned the bosom of Christ to find salvation in the promises of secularism and humanism. There was a time when the most intellectual and admirable thing a person could do is to meditate on the glory of God and the splendor that is His creation. Modern science owes its inception to the Christian worldview, for it was the belief that there was a Designer behind the universe that led Newton, Kepler, and others to attempt to understand it rationally and empirically. Indeed all science today is undergirded by the belief that the universe is rational and intelligible, yet naturalism, or materialism, will never be able to ground such a belief.
Christianity is the most satisfying perspective, because it seems to answer the questions of our deepest longings. "What are we doing here?" "Does my life have any real meaning?" "Is there purpose in all this rubbish?" Christianity provides an answer to each of these. It grounds our intuitive understanding that there must be more to this than what we have been experiencing.
Christianity reveals to us what we are all constantly looking for: Identity. Christianity gives us both our individual and unified human identity. We are not monkeys, pointlessly mucking about until the reaper calls our number. We are children of God, handcrafted by Him to bear His image. We are here to be loved and to love. To risk it all for the sake of love, and both transform others and be transformed by them in this mutual exchange of selfless giving.
Not only does Christianity cut straight through to the heart of our longings and questions, it satisfies us intellectually. The problem with atheism is it is a limited worldview. Atheism is undergirded by naturalism, which is the belief that all that exists is nature and matter. This perspective is limited for if there is indeed something beyond nature, or if our scientific investigations lead us to the necessity of something beyond this physical universe, then by default naturalism will never be able to get us there. Indeed recent advances in the quantum world of science points definitively to a necessary mind beyond our universe. A mind to which we owe our existence, and the One who created the universe we now inhabit. The Christian worldview gives us the freedom to embrace the findings of natural science, while giving us room for what lies outside of this universe. We have a more robust perspective, one that can handle all sorts of data.
Finally the universe simply become unintelligible in a naturalistic framework. Things like morality and ethics, science, philosophy, reason, free will, mind or consciousness, human origins, and cosmology are ultimately rendered inexplicable a part from the existence of God. Indeed atheists and naturalists engage in all that I have listed to be sure, but their own worldview cannot account for these things. Meaning these things simply do not fit within a purely naturalistic universe. For how can the preconditions of scientific investigation be met by an atheistic worldview? In order to do science we need an orderly and rational universe, yet if atheism were true we should not expect to have such a universe. For how can a universe that was not designed be rational? If the universe just popped into existence with no purpose or intention should we not expect to find the laws of physics to be arbitrarily out of sync? How could there be laws in the first place? For laws are evidence of order, and order cannot come out of disorder.
Christianity is ultimately satisfying because it is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying. Through it we can make sense of our universe, while without it, we couldn't make sense out of it.