Are we training students for the test?

by Ryan Pauly

A few weeks ago a youth pastor invited me to do an atheist role play for a group of his Jr. High students. They had read about apparent Bible contradictions and their youth pastor wanted to challenge them. He wanted to see if his youth was able to defend Christianity well and if they knew why they believed Christianity was true. I began to settle into character as an atheist and brought up different problems with the Bible that makes Christianity appear to be false. These students did their best to defend Christianity, but they weren’t prepared. After about 30 minutes I revealed that I was a Christian and we spent the rest of the time talking about how to answer some of the challenges that I brought up. The youth pastor’s goal was to help these students realize that they weren’t prepared to defend their faith in a hope that they will want to study more. The students responded positively with a desire to understand the truth of Christianity.

I left that evening wondering why these students, who have been Christians their whole lives, weren’t able to defend against basic attacks. The answer is simple. They were never taught how to respond. Students rely on parents, pastors, and teachers to teach them what they need to know, but are we training them for the test that will come one day?

The reality is that students’ faith is being tested…


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