5 Greatest Challenges to Christianity that Apologetics Can’t Answer – Part 2
In part one of this essay I put forward two great challenges to Christianity that apologetics cannot answer. To illustrate the weight of this matter, consider the fact that not too long ago I wrote an entry called, “Apologetics is the Answer to Everything.“ I stand by that post, still. These challenges have more to do with attitudes then arguments and evidence. Therein lies the difference.
Now, the first two challenges come at us from the non-Christian world. These other three challenges lie firmly in the hands of the Christian Church. Probably, only by meeting these three challenges can we reasonably hope to meet the other two.
3. Lovelessness within the Christian Church.
If anyone bothers to search out the Scriptures looking for how they themselves suggest the Faith will grow and spread- rather than figuring one already knows- a surprising discovery will be made. To sum it up quickly and rapidly, DC Talk’s well known quote will do:
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
I would tweak this, but you get the idea. Preaching the Gospel is not a magic wand. People will reason very simply that if Christians don’t live out the Gospel they probably don’t believe it, and if Christians themselves don’t believe it, why should an atheist or anyone else? This is a simple piece of logic. However, the very important tweak that I would make is that the Scriptures do not say that a generalized love- say, for the poor, or random strangers- is what will persuade the world of the truth of the Gospel. The Scriptures submit rather that it is love of each other that does this trick.
Jesus states it explicitly: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another…
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