“I’m a journalist. It’s my job to challenge assumptions until they’re proven otherwise, that’s all I’m doing.” – Lee Strobel (played by: Mike Vogel)
The Case for Christ is a 2017 movie based on a true story of a former investigative journalist for the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel.
It highlighted his life as an atheist and his pursuit to disprove the reality of God, by gathering facts and evidence that would supposedly make his existence unreal. But the more he interviews people and gathers materials about Christianity and Jesus, the ‘more real’ He becomes.
Facts corroborate with the reality of His existence and the story continues as Lee struggles to accept the things he learns.
“Lee, let me ask you something, do you really want to know the truth or is your mind already made up regardless of the facts?” – Dr. William Lane Craig (played by: Rus Blackwell)
For a non-believer, it’s easy to understand Lee’s skepticism and drive to prove that God isn’t real. Apart from his journalism job, which puts him in the category of a natural skeptic, he apparently didn’t have much people around him who believe in Christ.
He only recognizes truth through facts, and facts, as he defined it in the movie, are things that our senses can perceive.
So when his own wife started talking about Christ, started attending Church gatherings, and hanging out with other believers, Lee’s alarm sounded in full blast. Apparently, he doesn’t care so much how other people treat Christianity, but it’s a whole new different thing when his own wife takes it seriously.
I wouldn’t go into details on how Lee went about with his investigations but the gist of it all is no matter how hard he tried, how many experts he talked to, they all end up pointing to the ‘fact’ that God is real. Jesus did live with humans centuries ago, and he died on the cross.
Lee might’ve felt defeated at the result of his own investigation. But at the end, he found a better relationship with his wife, and now with God.
Story facts from the movie’s end credits:
- Lee left journalism in 1987 to become a pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, the same congregation where Leslie first took him as a skeptic.
- Since publishing The Case for Christ, Lee has authored more than twenty books and has traveled the world sharing his story of atheism to faith.
- Lee and Leslie currently reside in Houston, Texas, where Lee is a Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church.
We can learn things by being a skeptic. But it’s also important to recognize that there is a limit to human understanding. There are things meant for us to learn, and those which shall remain a mystery for mankind. But then again, it takes faith to agree on this.
Deuteronomy 29:29New International Version (NIV)
29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. – https://www.biblegateway.com