Open the Door to Conversational Evangelism
by Paul Dean
Doing evangelism is a very different dynamic in today’s culture than it was twenty-five years ago. Then, if you were to ask someone on the street if they believed in God, most would say they did. Further, they would know who you were talking about: the God of the Bible. They would have some understanding and even agreement concerning issues of right and wrong; heaven and hell; the reality of life after death; and the judgment.
Things are very different today. As we have moved into a postmodern culture, we have moved into a post-Christian culture. If you put the same question to the average person on the street today, many would say they don’t believe in God. Those who do believe in God would be apt to have a very different view of God than the True and Living God. There would be wide-spread disagreement concerning morality, life after death, and accountability to God. What can we do?
First, learn to think philosophically.
To put it another way, learn to think in terms of worldview. One of the basic dynamics that attends any worldview that is contrary to the Christian worldview is a lack of philosophical justification for it. This dynamic holds true even in the realm of simply knowing something to be true. In other words, the unbeliever has no basis for knowing anything.
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When an unbeliever makes a statement concerning God, the world, man, morality, ethics, or any other subject, he asserts it as an absolute certainty. For example, an atheist who believes in evolution may say that God does not exist. However, on his worldview, he has no basis to make such a statement. On his worldview, knowledge is obtained through observation (or the scientific method). His problem is that he has limited knowledge and ability to obtain that knowledge. He does not have the ability to search every square inch of the cosmos to determine whether or not there is a God. On his worldview, he cannot know that there is no God. His statement of certainty is rendered completely uncertain.
At the same time, he may then say that we can’t know or that we don’t know whether or not there is a God. He is agnostic at that point. However, he has asserted a certainty in his mind, namely, that we don’t know whether or not there is a God. Again, on his worldview, he is rendered uncertain in that he does not know whether or not there is some kind of knowledge somewhere that can tell us whether or not there is a God. He has not investigated the entirety of the universe on this point. He has no philosophical or logical basis to make such a statement…
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