Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowell“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:36-37). The problem with many people is that they seem to love God only with their hearts. The truth about Christ never gets to their minds. We’ve been given minds enabled by the Holy Spirit to know God, as well as hearts to love him and wills to choose him. We need to function in all three areas to have a full relationship with God and to glorify him. I don’t know how it is with you, but my heart can’t rejoice in what my mind has rejected. My heart and mind were created to work in harmony together. Never has anyone been called on to commit intellectual suicide by trusting Christ as Savior and Lord. —Josh McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellI am not a Christian because God changed my life; I am a Christian because of my convictions about who Jesus Christ is. —Josh McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellWe may disagree with the content and approach of the New Atheists, but we should be grateful for the chance to engage these issues with a culture that is paying closer attention than any time in recent history. —Sean McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellMany people entertain the idea that Christianity,like almost any other religion,is basically a system of beliefs-you know, a set of doctrines or a code of behavior, a philosophy, an ideology. But that’s a myth. Christianity is not at all like Buddhism or Islam or Confucianism. The founders of those religions said (in effect), ‘Here is what I teach. Believe my teachings. Follow my philosophy.’ Jesus said, ‘Follow me'(Matthew 9:9). Leaders of the world’s religions said, ‘What do you think about what I teach?’ Jesus said, ‘Who do you say I am?'(Luke 9:20) —Josh McDowell

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Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellThe Old Testament records the preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The Gospels record the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord. The book of Acts records the propagation of the gospel (the good news) concerning Jesus Christ. The Epistles (letters) explain the gospel and its implications for our lives. The book of Revelation anticipates and describes the second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His eternal kingdom. From beginning to end, the Bible glorifies Jesus Christ and centers on Him. Its Christ-centeredness is one of its wonderful features. —Josh McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellAfter I set out to refute Christianity intellectually and couldn’t, I came to the conclusion the Bible was true and Jesus Christ was God’s Son. —Josh McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellThere is a global resurgence of secularism in both Eastern and Western cultures. Atheists are are actively spreading their worldview like never before. They organize conferences, fund bus advertising campaigns, record podcasts, participate in debates, and write best-selling books to spread their ‘gospel’. Christians must respond in turn, but we must also reach out personally to build relationships and engage in conversation. Now is not the time to retreat, but to connect. Sure, some are hostile to Christianity, but many are not. If we each lovingly reach out to skeptical groups, we might be amazed at how many are receptive to the gospel. —Sean McDowell

Apologetics Quotes: Josh and Sean McDowellThe Internet has changed everything. Kids today are exposed to more worldviews in a week than their parents were  throughout their entire adolescent years! Many kids also have friends who are Muslims, Wiccans, atheists, Mormons, and so on. One major study of youth revealed that 48% of evangelical youth believe Jesus is only one way to God. I’ve found it important to clarify the nature of truth so students realize that religions make objective claims to truth, not simply subjective claims. Students also need to realize that truth is exclusive by nature and that all worldviews are exclusivistic. And finally, Jesus uniquely claimed to be God and offered evidence to back it up (John 20:30-31). —Sean McDowell

 

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