8 Proverbs for Apologists When Talking with Unbelievers
By Carey Bryant
Talking to unbelievers about God is no easy task.
Thankfully, Scripture has much to say about how to engage with them! The book of Proverbs is especially helpful in this regard. This book of the Bible contains several practical guidelines for Christian apologists to follow. Below are 8 proverbs to remember when you dialogue with an unbeliever. Let’s dive in!
1. Don’t Correct a Scoffer.
“WHOEVER CORRECTS A SCOFFER GETS HIMSELF ABUSE, AND HE WHO REPROVES A WICKED MAN INCURS INJURY. DO NOT REPROVE A SCOFFER, OR HE WILL HATE YOU; REPROVE A WISE MAN, AND HE WILL LOVE YOU” (PROVERBS 9:7-8).
I have struggled with this one a lot. We cannot know what people are thinking, but we can use God-given discernment to determine when we come across a scoffer. Scoffers are people who don’t want to have a genuine conversation. They merely ridicule and slander their opponents. Over time, it becomes easier to spot scoffers before you get too deep in conversation. According to this proverb, sometimes we do more damage by correcting someone that doesn’t care what we have to say. So don’t be afraid to end conversations when a scoffer emerges.
2. Don’t Overstate Your Case.
“WHOEVER SPEAKS THE TRUTH GIVES HONEST EVIDENCE, BUT A FALSE WITNESS UTTERS DECEIT” (PROVERBS 12:17).
One of our goals as apologists is to present the best case that we can. This doesn’t mean, however, that we should present our case with more confidence or certainty than we actually have. More importantly, we should never present “evidence” that is misleading, inconclusive or plain false! Be honest when the evidence for a particular point is not as strong as you might like. After all, poor arguments are not going to help anyone…
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