A Faith Worth Fighting For
By Andrew Herbst
In the spring of 2014 I was sitting in a history class at Minnesota State University listening to my professor tear down the Book I had based my entire life on.
She taught that Moses never wrote the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible), how the Bible was a collection of myths, and how the books of the Bible were not written in the era of History that they claimed to be from. Each lesson and argument against the Bible cast doubt on the truthfulness of Scripture.
Her attacks against the Bible lacked even the smallest amount evidence. But with phrases like, “you probably didn’t learn this in Sunday School,” or “I’m not trying to be religious, just historical,” my professor promoted the Bible as man made literature to be studied, not as an inspired book to pattern your life after.
It’s common to hear attacks against the Bible on a daily basis. Advocates of evolution claim science proves the Bible is corrupt, and teachers at all academic levels seek diversity to the destruction of Christian values. A student starting a P7 club recently brought a question to my attention. Her classmate, a professing Wiccan, asked her “what makes Christianity better than witchcraft?” Another classmate had issued a similar challenge, saying “What makes Christianity better than Atheism?” The looming questions in our culture require Apostolics, as Jude put it, to earnestly contend for the faith…”
1 Peter 3:15 instructs us, saying ,“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” The phrase, “To give an answer”, comes from a single word in the Greek that means to give a defense of your position. To those who may feel overwhelmed by the task of defending all of Christianity, have no fear! There is an entire field of study committed to answering those “looming questions” of culture that you and I deal with on an ever increasing basis. This practice is called “Apologetics”. You aren’t alone in your quest to stand up to the attacks being made on your faith, and even better, we’re called specifically to do just that…
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