In 2006, a hearing was held in an Italian court to decide whether the Catholic Church was breaking the law by teaching that Christ existed. The defendant, Enrico Righi, is a priest, and the plaintiﬀ, Luigi Cascioli, is an atheist. Cascioli said Righi, and by extension the whole Church, broke two Italian laws. The ﬁrst is “Abuso di Credulita Popolare” (Abuse of Popular Belief) meant to protect people against being swindled or conned. The second crime, he says, is “Sostituzione di Persona,” or impersonation. “The Church constructed Christ upon the personality of John of Gamala,” Cascioli claimed, referring to the ﬁrst century Jew who fought against the Roman army. “Cascioli said he didn’t exist. And I said that he did,” Righi said. “The judge will to decide if Christ exists or not.”
When Jesus was on earth, He worked miracles and taught in such a way as to prove that He was the Son of God. After Peter observed the Lord “in action,” he confessed, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Martha, a disciple, was convinced: “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:27). The apostles also declared Jesus as the Christ through the signs they worked (Mark 16:17-20). Even the Jews were able to discern and believe (John 11:45; 12:11, 42).
With all due respect to the rule of law, the purpose of the scriptures is to prove the existence of Christ, not the wisdom of man. John 20:30-31 says, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Will you believe in Him and obey?