<strong>By Jonathan Wright<\/strong>\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s so predictable\u2014so amazingly predictable.\r\n\r\nEvery year around this time, the weeks approaching Christmas Day, the media virtually bends over backwards with one obvious intent: to discount, minimize, or altogether negate the original Christian significance of America\u2019s favorite holiday.\r\n\r\nLike clockwork, television segments, web sites, and magazines begin churning out stories seriously questioning the veracity of the biblical story of Jesus\u2019 birth and His subsequent ministry approximately 2,000 years ago.\r\n\r\nThe underlining presumption is that humanity has been duped for the past two millennia, as evidenced by new \u201cevidence\u201d that casts \u201cundeniable\u201d dispersions upon the claims of the biblical accounts and the identity of this man called Jesus.\r\n\r\nEvery year it happens.\r\n\r\nEvery year you can count on it.\r\n\r\nAnd every year you can see right through it all.\r\n\r\nMany of those who oppose the claims of Christianity, particularly writers and producers who have the bully pulpit of the media in their corner, cannot tolerate the historic Jesus, the one who claimed to be God with the power to forgive sin, who the Scriptures claim conquered death itself and is promising to return at any time.\r\n\r\nSuch a religious figure, one who claims absolute, irrefutable authority and truth, simply cannot be tolerated\u2014and neither can those who unswervingly believe in Him.\r\n\r\nSo the obligatory attacks must happen, at least two major times each year if not more often: at Christmas and at Easter.\r\n\r\nYou can count on it.\r\n\r\nChristianity has the audacity to purport Christ\u2019s own claims that He is the one and only way to eternal life. Such an exclusive claim eliminates all other possibilities and flies in the face of today\u2019s popular position that sin is relative and that all roads lead to the same destination.\r\n\r\nAs mentioned, Christmas and Easter seem to be the primary times each year to routinely attempt chipping away at such claims, belittling them, planting doubt in the minds of those who staunchly believe them.\r\n\r\nI have good news, though: It\u2019s not working.\r\n\r\nDespite their most determined, relentless efforts\u2014it\u2019s just not working.\r\n\r\nOne by one each year, the lofty counter-claims have quickly fallen flat and have amounted to, in the words of Shakespeare, a lot of \u201csound and fury signifying nothing.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe historical evidence behind the biblical accounts of Christ have firmly stood the test of time for many, many centuries, but also\u2014and\u2014especially in the lives of those who have known the inexpressible joy of surrendering to and being radically transformed by the one and only \u201cdesire of the ages,\u201d the only one who can satisfy the deepest longing of our hearts.\r\n\r\nThis year is no different. The attacks have shown up on schedule, and once again they, too, will fall flat. Predictably.\r\n\r\nWhy? That\u2019s easy: truth always wins out.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019d think they\u2019d learn.\r\n\r\nHave an incredible Christmas.