I am going to answer this question as though I were talking to the individual who just commented that I believe in an adult Santa. (Except I won’t quote the scriptures, just give the references.) I’m also drawing from what I have learned from the book I’m reading that I mentioned a week or so ago, “Forensic Faith”.
"So, let me ask you some questions: Can you think of someone you trust completely? (answer) Why do you trust that person? (answer). If that person made a promise to you. Would you believe him? (answer). What if that promise came with the condition that you believed what he was saying–would you still trust that promise? Would you abide by that condition? (answer). Why? (answer)
OK. So, now let’s consider my faith in God like your trust in the person you named.
When Jesus was on earth, He claimed to be the Son of God. However, He did not want people to believe Him just because He made that claim, He invited people to investigate His claim by the works and miracles He performed. (John 10: 36-38.)
Then, we also have eyewitness accounts by the twelve He was constantly with–His disciples. Two of those eyewitness accounts are from Matthew and John who lived with Jesus the three years of His ministry. The other two were written by Mark, who reported what Peter (one of the twelve) told him; and by Luke, a doctor, who wrote his gospel after careful investigation which included other eyewitness accounts. We also have documented evidence by trusted historians of the day, especially Josephus.
So, based on this evidence, my faith and trust in Christ is not blind faith or based on hearsay. There is clear evidentiary proof of His existence and His claims.
One of those claims was that He would be betrayed (John 13-14), die, and come to life again after three days (Matt.16:21). Again, eyewitness accounts prove His death happened in the manner in which He said it would. He was seen by 500 eyewitnesses within 40 days of His resurrection. (1Cor.15:6);
http://factsandfaith.com/the-witnesses-who-and-how-many-people-saw-jesus-alive-after-his-crucifixion/ No one has been able to disprove the unsealed empty tomb where He was buried.
Jesus claimed that the reason He was going to die and rise again was so believers could have eternal life (John 3:16). He even promised He was going to prepare a place for them (John 14:3). So, if it has been proven who Jesus said He was while on earth, why wouldn’t I trust what He promised for believers in eternity?
Unfortunately, Jesus made another promise that those who don’t believe in Him will live in eternal damnation (Matt.13: 47-50). This is just one example in the New Testament where Jesus used parables to illustrate the truth of what He was saying.
So, in regard to your statement that I believe in the mythical promise of a Santa Claus God, let me ask you another question: If you were given the choice of a fresh, delicious fruit to eat or a pile of sewage, which would you choose? (Hopefully, the only answer ) That’s the way it is with my choosing to believe in Christ. I can choose to trust His promise of life with Him in eternity, or I can choose life without Him in eternal damnation–all based on factual evidence.
The amazing thing about being a believer is that I don’t have to wait to start benefiting from His promise because another promise He made was that He would give believers His Spirit, called the Holy Spirit, to enable us to live the righteous life He desires to see us live (John 14: 15-18)–even in the most difficult circumstances. The eyewitness evidence of that promise being fulfilled can be found in Acts 2.
Santa’s “promises” are based on human effort of deeds and behavior. Christ’s promises are based on His love for us and our placing faith in Him. Because of His love, I have faith and want to serve Him. But it’s not self-serving service (although I will ultimately be rewarded). Because of the love I have for Him, my service is focused on others. It’s a win/win proposition to me.
Can you see the difference between a life lived based on a fictitious Santa Claus vs a life lived for a proven Christ? If you were to present the evidence I’ve pointed out to you in a court of law, it would all be admissible.
You may want to question me about the veracity of the Bible, and we can go into that another time. Why don’t you examine Christ’s claims and promises and see what conclusion you come to. What will your verdict be? Feel free to challenge me along the way."