If God loves us so much, why isn’t life just sunshine and lollipops? Why must we suffer? Answer: Our suffering is the consequence of our own evil.
In thousands of near-death experience (NDE) testimonies, individuals report having “come face-to-face with a personal God with whom they continue to maintain a loving relationship,” as the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) puts it. And, as Patrick Glynn notes in his book God: The Evidence, “the majority of researchers who have investigated the [near-death experience] phenomenon, generally professionals with medical, psychological, or other scientific training—many of whom started out as skeptics—have concluded that these experiences are authentic.”
Gerald Schroeder holds the unique qualification of being both a physicist (formerly on staff at MIT) and a biblical scholar. He writes:
“The atheist often wants ‘Made by Monkeys’ stamped right across our wonderfully high brows, while the theist often seeks to prove we are a direct line from the ‘dust from the ground’ (Gen 2:7). According to the book of Genesis and two-thousand-year-old traditional commentary thereon, the reality of our existence lies somewhere between these two extreme positions.”
It may shock many readers (at first) to learn that the answer we provide to this question is an unqualified “yes.” But it may also shock the reader to learn that Christianity’s existence as a myth does not undercut, but rather bolsters, its veracity. Two mythology experts of the highest caliber, C.S. Lewis (who was a Professor of Medieval and Renaissance studies at Cambridge University) and J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University), explain why Christianity is a “true myth.”