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by Alex Aili
The whims of ungrounded theology are the foundation of everything that opposes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The first rule of deception is to make a lie appear true, and this is exactly what is happening in the Church.
Unbiblical morals and “progressive” theologies are rampant. Fewer and fewer hold the Bible as authoritative, resulting in many Christians abandoning their faith. Fewer Church authorities are standing by the veracity of Christian theology. Biblical illiteracy is on the rampage, allowing children to grow up and wander into a world of fragmented belief systems. As we slip away from the Bible, we lose the Truth.
Those gripped by a zeal for the Lord and his Truth have a burden to retain and defend the faith when others don’t. We must promulgate the authority of the Bible and the truth of Jesus Christ with confidence and grit, enduring all opposition. Raking through the New Testament, three principles of interfaith dialogue stand out. As Christians in this “post-Christian,” Biblically-illiterate 21st Century, it’s wise to heed them.
1. Know Your Limits
As we list facts, evidence and logic in support of Christianity, its often tempting to stake truth claims on thin ice for the sake of winning an argument. We jump to conclusions on weak facts or biased evidence. We then make fools of ourselves when an expert corrects our faulty, novice conclusions. We must know the limits our knowledge.
Paul says: “don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but think with sober judgment” (Rom. 12:3). This principle is vital for interfaith dialogue, as there will inevitably be times when we simply don’t know enough to answer opponents in a legitimate way. In these instances, we must acknowledge our finiteness and either study-up or refer to someone who’s better equipped for the task. Christian apologetics is not a conquest waged by isolated individuals, but a synergistic mass of minds, readily available for interpersonal support and intellectual backing.
We must abandon the idea that to leave our opponents waiting for an answer invalidates that which we’re defending. It’s OK to let them wait for a good answer. Indeed, bad responses given quickly are more damaging than good responses given slowly, which is why our answers to opponents’ must be crafted with care…
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