Don’t apologize for being an apologetics amateur. Start here.
by Corey Sleep
Apologetics? No Thanks
Tough questions. We all have them.
Surprisingly, it is us Christians that often have more tough questions than our unbelieving friends or classmates.
“But,” some are quick to say, “that’s why it’s about having faith.”
There’s an assumption that we don’t need these tough questions answered since that’s what faith is for—filling in the gap between our unanswered tough questions and God. And if unbelievers have tough questions, well that’s between them and God.
I’ve heard Christians I know say this again and again, and to be honest, I get it. It was my response, too.
If a tough question came up and I really didn’t want to have the “God conversation”, I would think, they can believe if they want, and if they don’t, that’s ok with me. No need for an awkward chat with their tough and honest questions that I didn’t have the answers to. I even remember one high-school class where I shot down a Christian who was trying earnestly to plead with some of her classmates that God existed.
“You can’t prove it,” I thought. You just have to believe.
The Truth About Faith
What most people in our culture fail to realize is that no matter what they say about religious or spiritual worldviews, everyone has faith of some kind.
It is commonly objected that science is the opposite of faith but we must understand that even science can’t prove things beyond a shadow of a doubt. Rather, the most reasonable explanation is sought given the evidence, and we trust, to some degree, in what is most likely true.
In fact, properly understood, faith is not blind by definition.
The Christian faith in particular is rooted in historical truth. As the Apostle Paul writes, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:17,19).
If Christ has not been raised from the dead, our faith is futile. Paul’s argument hinges on a verifiable and historical event. If this event is not true, our “faith” is for naught. Paul was reasoning with the Corinthians who doubted the idea of bodily resurrection, making this claim at a time when skeptics could still go and talk to eyewitnesses of the resurrected Jesus.
If Paul didn’t see encourage them to “just believe” blindly; why should we?
When it comes to telling and explaining Jesus to others, the “just believe” paradigm can be quite unhelpful…
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