12 Apologetics Quotes: God, Science, Faith, and the Bible

 

Apologetics QuotesThe world of strict naturalism in which clever mathematical laws all by themselves bring the universe and life into existence, is pure [science] fiction. Theories and laws do not bring matter/energy into existence.  The view that they nevertheless somehow have the capacity seems a rather desperate refuge…from the alternative possibility…Trying to avoid the clear evidence for the existence of a divine intelligence behind nature, atheist scientists are forced to ascribe creative powers to less and less credible candidates like mass/energy and the laws of nature. —John Lennox

Apologetics QuotesFor two thousand years the historicity of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection has been challenged on many grounds. But no one has ever produced evidence of the kind that brought President Nixon down—“a smoking gun,” that is, evidence that could contradict the biblical account. Is that not evidence of its veracity? Can you think of any other event in history that has been so thoroughly examined, has not been disproved, and yet some still disbelieve it? The consistent eyewitness testimony of the apostles and earliest believers to the reality of Jesus’ bodily resurrection, given among those hostile to the claims of Jesus, clearly points to the resurrection as a historical reality. —Chuck Colson

Apologetics QuotesDescribe the God you rejected… Describe the God you don’t believe in… Maybe I don’t believe in that God either. —Tim Keller

Apologetics QuotesThe truth is that every believer already, whether they realize it or not, does apologetics. The question now becomes, do they want to continue to do it poorly or do they want to do it well?  We all get questioned or challenged about our faith, whether it is a direct challenge or an indirect one. We can respond by saying, “I just believe” or “That’s just the mystery of God,” but when we do we are essentially telling the one challenging and questioning us that their inquiry is not worth our time or our energy. —Rob Lundberg

Apologetics QuotesTo say that you do not find the evidence for Christianity sufficient, compelling, or convincing is one thing, but to repeatedly deny ad nauseum that there is any evidence at all only goes to reveal two things: The first being your intellectual laziness, and second, the depth of your rebellion towards God. — Greg West

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Apologetics QuotesMany people operate as though the definition of faith were, Don’t ask questions, just believe. They quote Jesus himself, who taught his followers to have the faith of a child (Mark 10:15). But I once heard Francis Schaeffer respond by saying, “Don’t you realize how many questions children ask?” —Nancy Pearcey

Apologetics QuotesThe average Christian in the pew is not reading books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, but their neighbors and coworkers are. I think congregations are putting pressure on churches to equip them better, educate them more and give them opportunities to grow in this area. Churches that have relied in the past on a lifestyle evangelistic approach that lacks intentionality need to be a little more intentional in reaching people and bringing answers to their questions. I’m all for lifestyle evangelism, but I’m also in favor of intentionality, where we seek out opportunities for spiritual conversations and are equipped to explain the gospel and why we believe it. —Lee Strobel

Apologetics QuotesRather than seeing ourselves as insignificant specks in the immensity of the cosmos, we can consider that immensity an indicator of our worth. It seems the Creator invested a great deal-a universe of 50 billion trillion stars, plus a hundred times more matter, all fine-tuned to mind-boggling precision-for us. If not for the strength and abundance of evidence in support of that notion, it would seem the height of arrogance. Humility demands that we take a deeper and wider look at that evidence. —Hugh Ross

Apologetics QuotesInstead of addressing teens’ questions, most church youth groups focus on fun and food.  The goal seems to be to create emotional attachment using loud music, silly skits, slapstick games — and pizza.  But the force of sheer emotional experience will not equip teens to address the ideas they will encounter when they leave home and face the world on their own. A study in Britain found that non-religious parents have a near 100 percent chance of passing on their views to their children, whereas religious parents have only about a 50/50 chance of passing on their views.  Clearly, teaching young people to engage critically with secular worldviews is no longer an option.  It is a necessary survival skill. —Nancy Pearcey

Apologetics QuotesWhen we come to the Bible and try to listen to its claims, we can easily misjudge those claims if we hear them only from within the framework of our own modern assumptions. Letting the Bible speak for itself, that is, letting it speak in its own terms, includes letting the Bible speak from within its own worldview rather than merely our own. —Vern Poythress

Apologetics QuotesI’m often asked, “Do you take the Bible literally.” My answer is, “Yes, where it is meant to be taken literally. When I read, ‘Jesus is the door,’ I don’t think he has hinges.” That’s a metaphor. It communicates a literal truth but not in a literal way. In fact, everything in the Bible is literally true but not all of it is expressed in a literal way. Likewise, when Paul says that he preached the Gospel “all over the world,” he doesn’t mean literally everywhere. He means in many prominent places, just how we might describe a lengthy trip by saying we went “everywhere.” That’s a literary or rhetorical device called “hyperbole”—exaggeration for effect. We don’t communicate in a hyper-literal way, and we shouldn’t expect a book as diverse as the Bible to either. —Frank Turek

Apologetics QuotesThe God who inspired the Bible is the same God who made the universe, Earth, and all life. This God is the very definition of truth; therefore nature’s record will never contradict Scripture and vice versa.  When a seeming contradiction confronts us, we can know with certainty we have either misunderstood (one, the other, or both revelations) or perhaps we haven’t yet dug deploy enough. Whatever the case, we can embrace the opportunity to gain greater knowledge and appreciation for the Bible, for nature, and for the God who is responsible for both. – Hugh Ross

 

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