It is my belief that it is good for Christians to discuss the rational basis for their faith with others. If we don’t do this, then no one will take us seriously. The apostle Paul was not afraid of reasoning with the Jews and the Greeks, proving to them that Jesus was the Messiah. That said, it seems to me that in some ways, we as Christians are guilty of dehumanising Jesus. What I mean by this is that it can be so easy for us to box Jesus up to be a nice piece of evidence for our faith, or we turn him into some sort of idea, something to be explained to people and examined. It can be so easy to forget that Jesus is a person who we can have a relationship with.
I suppose that I am primarily speaking to Christians here, but it is important that everyone, Christian or not, understands that Jesus was a real human being who walked on this Earth and who Christians believe is with the Father in heaven now. He is a person with his own thoughts and feelings, his own plans and emotions. We cannot afford to forget that. Whilst it is important to be sure about our faith, I believe that Christians cannot intellectualise it to the point that we lose sight of the relationship that should be at the heart of every Christian. As Paul said, we are nothing without love, and that love can only truly come from a relationship with the person Jesus Christ. Let’s not get so caught up in academics that we forget that at the heart of our faith is a man, fully human and fully God, who died so that we may have a relationship with him and through him, the Father.
Let us not lose our first love.