Amos Yee purportedly attacked Christianity in a Youtube video that went viral, however I’m at peace and not the least offended, because the way I see it, Yee and people like him do not fully understand what they so forcefully assert.
Many people see “Christianity” as merely a religion — you know, like Christians have to attend church every Sunday, and in addition, Christmas and Easter.
However, that is really just scratching the surface of the matter.
Allow me to give you my definition of what it means to be a Christian — it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I emphasise the word personal because at the end of the day, that’s what it really all boils down too.
Jesus Christ isn’t some myth or legend. Jesus Christ is a real person and can be proven historically, if one is willing to take the trouble and time to do one’s research, and to pour through ancient historical documents.
One such person who did just that was a man named Josh McDowell.
As a young man, McDowell considered himself an agnostic and he truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, McDowell discovered compelling evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith, and went on to write a number of books based on what he had discovered.
McDowell’s own research led him to denounce agnosticism and to believe in Jesus Christ.
You see, it is a fact of history that Jesus Christ lived in Palestine in the first century and that He died on a cross. However, He did not stay in the grave but rose from the dead. Numerous people testify having seen Him, and perhaps the most noteworthy of them all was Saul of Tarsus.
Saul was completely antagonistic to the Christian faith, so much so that he even had a hand in putting some believers to death.
However, the bible says that, one day, “as he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”“
Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:3-9; NIV)
The bible adds that “the men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone“. As for Saul, he “got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing” and “for three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything“.
Eventually, through the prayer of a man called Ananias, Saul’s vision got restored and he [Saul] got baptised. Later, Saul’s name was changed to “Paul”, and he became one of the most influential leaders of the Christian faith.
Now, herein lies the reason why I, as a Christian, am not offended by people who attack Christianity:
Jesus Christ is real, and since He is also God, He [Jesus Christ] is more than capable of defending Himself, which eliminates my need to feel offended or aggravated on His behalf, thus, enabling me to maintain my peace.
Indeed, while I always welcome sincere questions from non-Christians, it seems futile to try to reason with those who launch into an anti-Christian rant, since they are unlikely to listen to any other opinion except their own. Instead, one’s time seems better spent in praying for such individuals, that they might have a personal and powerful encounter with Jesus Christ just as Paul did, and just as some people, even today, do experience (like the Indian construction worker that I had shared about previously).
Overall, I do not feel any animosity towards those who criticise or verbally attack Christianity. Rather, I feel compassion for them, and hope that, where there once was strife in their lives, they may eventually might find peace through a personal relationship with God.