Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Evidence for an Unbelieving World

For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. ~ 1 Peter 2:15; NASB

It is more important to God that we live righteously than having the right answers to people's questions. One thing that I have been continually frustrated about is the arrogance of people who portray Christians as a bunch of simple-minded morons. It is as if these people truly believe they have a monopoly on intelligence and if you don't see things their way then you are a moron.

In reality the list is full of men and women who are highly intelligent and still hold to a deep Christian faith. You do not have to stop thinking to be a Christian, and if we are truly are serious about our faith we will be compelled to use our minds to ponder things that are truly unthinkable. Ravi Zacharias in Jesus Among Other Gods put it this way; "Loudly or quietly, these critics express their doubts. You might or might not to be able to help them past their misgivings about the Christian message. But unbelief is contagious; it's easy to catch if you don't think hard about what you believe and why" (Youth Edition, pg. 44). You will not believe in Christianity unless you look at the evidence for Christianity, and a non-Christian will not provide you with evidence about something they don't believe in.

It is no great virtue to be a "free thinker" or a skeptic. If you are predisposed to question Christianity and then only read, watch, and listen to things that feed that skepticism of course you are going to think that Christianity doesn't have a leg to stand on. Again Ravi Zacharias wrote; "I promise you this: You will never hear a challenging question so radically new that it hasn't already been asked and adequately answered" (Jesus Among Other Gods: Youth Edition; pg. 46). There are adequate answers out there, but most "free thinkers" never take the time to find them.

I have become convinced that no matter what proof you have to offer a skeptic it will never be good enough. Why? I don't know. The reasons probably vary as much as the people who disbelieve in Christianity. C. S. Lewis wrote; "To some, God is discoverable everywhere; to others, nowhere" (The Joyful Christian; pg. 6). No amount of evidence will be enough for the person who refuses to live by faith.

I will not try to justify my faith to people. I am not going to invite debates and I am not going to look for debates. To debate with a person who is not interested in your evidence and is only looking for a place to showcase their evidence is futile and accomplishes nothing. God never asked us to prove to the World that Christianity is true.

What God has called us to do is to live righteous lives. We will not silence Christianity's critics with a war of words. We can debate with people until we are blue in the face, but if they are not interested it does no good. I think that is what Jesus meant when he said not to throw pearls before swine.

What will silence Christianity's critics is the way Christians live. If we actually decided to live the Christian life many of our critics would disappear. When we believe it is our job to defend God's truth and to prove that we are right then we get distracted from what is really important. God doesn't need us to defend His Word. If we unleashed His Truth and allow it to transform our lives the truth of God's Word would defend itself.

The very best evidence that Christianity is true is the way Christian people live their lives. Consider what your life is saying to an unbelieving world.

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