Reason for Believing posted by John Sorensen on Dec 10, 2018
How many people have you led to the Lord through a Facebook argument? I’d be willing to bet you that number is a big zero. However, our faith and facts do go hand in hand. This week, we’ll be talking about Apologetics, more specifically, the argument that God is in fact, real. There are lots of reasons to believe in the existence of God – just the fact that we, as finite beings, can think of an Infinite Being, proves that there must be Someone Greater who put that thought in our heads.
Charles Spurgeon says this about the atheistic worldview: “I am persuaded that men think there is no God because they wish there were none. They find it hard to believe in God, and to go on in sin, so they try to get an easy conscience by denying his existence.”
What do you think about that? The root of our problem is sin, so it makes sense that, to soften the blow of our shortcomings, we tell ourselves it doesn’t really matter. We don’t have to answer to anyone. We are our own boss.
But that’s not true at all, is it? There is a God and He has placed natural laws and moral absolutes in our world. Without Jesus, we’re always going to miss the mark God has set. No amount of knowledge or good works will save us.
As we learn how to answer some of the common objections to Christianity this week, we should also understand the reason behind the objections. Some people are genuinely seeking truth, and ask questions, not to cause an argument, but to really understand the facts.
Others are using questions as a smoke screen – they’ve probably been hurt by the church or another Christian. Maybe they don’t understand why God allows bad things to happen. If we’re honest, we struggle with that even as Christians. Regardless of their intent, don’t be offended, instead respond prayerfully and with the right attitude. 1 Peter 3:15 says to ‘always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do.’
Remember that your primary task is to be a witness. Millions of people have trusted Christ without ever raising one difficult question – so don’t assume that the next person you tell about Jesus will be defensive! Just be ready to give an answer.
You know, it’s not that often that I get major objections from people. A lot of times, people are glad you’re willing to share with them. After all, we just can’t be selfish with the wonderful truth that we know!
It’s not your job to convert people, that’s the Lord’s. Your job is to tell the story of how Jesus saved you, and how He’ll do the same for them if they’ll just ask!
This is our focus this week at Evangelism Explosion through our social media channels and our daily broadcast.
We will be giving away a pocket guide called Reasonable Answers for Honest Skeptics. It’s a great tool to pair with the story of how Jesus changed your life! Visit ShareLife.Today for resources to help you share and defend your faith.
May God richly bless you this week as you’re trained to share the Gospel and walk in the love of Jesus Christ.
This is a transcript from Conversations with John Sorensen #19