Know What You Believe. Know Why You Believe It
by Luke LeFevre
As I sat in my room I remember thinking, “I have believed there was a God for as long as I can remember, but why do I believe it?” I had grown up in the church, going every Sunday and being highly involved in our youth group. I had known God existed and had read and studied the Bible for years. I committed my life to Christ at a young age and He had transformed my life and given me a purpose. But as I sat there, I knew that if someone asked me to give them a reason for why I believed God existed I would, besides giving the typical Sunday school answer, have nothing to say.
Don’t get me wrong, when I say I would have nothing to say, I do not mean I would not be able to present the gospel or how God had changed my life, but when confronted with the arguments that are presented by atheists today I would be completely unprepared. Today’s atheistic arguments are complicated theological, social, and scientific questions which require deep and specific answers. The Bible says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15) I had hope, but no answer for why I had it. I knew what I believed, but did not fully know why I believed it.
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This is where my study began. As I researched, I stumbled across this statistic released by the Barna Group a few years ago, which says, “65% of high school students stop attending church after they graduate.” And that is only a conservative figure! So many Christians do not know why they believe what they believe. This just goes to show, if we do not know why we believe, and if our foundation of faith is not solid now, it will be shaken later.
As we step onto our high school and college campuses, we should be the most prepared and be the firmest in our beliefs out of anyone there. Obviously, as the statistics show, this is not the case today. Christians abandon their faith because they are not prepared to answer some of the simplest arguments against God…