“For we walk by faith, not by sight” God
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” God
Apologetics is trying to prove the Christian faith by using scientific arguments. As far as I am concerned it is a futile effort.
I am not conceding that scientific theories are correct. I reject both the big bang theory and evolution. Any reasonable person with a knowledge of mathematics would reject evolution as being impossible. But if I was trying to teach somebody the gospel I wouldn’t even bring up these matters. The reason is that faith is spiritual and science is based on human logic.
There are certain areas of science that are irrefutable. On that list, I would put portions of engineering, physics, and chemistry. For example, under the exact circumstances, the mixture of water and hydrogen will always bring water. Other fields of science such as archeology is not that way. There are many discrepancies in the science such as finding bones together of creatures that should have lived millions of years apart. But I don’t want to discuss this.
You see the spiritual will never make sense to the carnal mind. That with Christianity, there is the element of the Holy Spirit and without His divine interaction, you will never be able to properly discern the scriptures. And believe me, there are many people who claim intimacy with God but are as far away from the Truth as one can get. One simply has to turn on cable television where they will witness a parade of charlatans all around the clock. Without a doubt, for the most part, these ‘ministers’ know that they are fake. But their followers, who give the ‘evangelists’ millions of dollars have been suckered in.
In all honesty, I think the best argument against Christianity is Christians themselves. There is the Catholic Church constantly rocked with scandals where their ‘priests’ are molesting children and worse yet the leadership hiding it and allowing it to continue. There are the evangelicals that claim to be so pro-life but contradictory they are zealous for war. This same group fears homosexuality as if it was the worst thing in the world. The evangelicals are more hateful than loving. But I would propose that these people are all helplessly lost.
How then could one find the truth? Through the Bible. But if one needs divine aid how does one get that? Through one who has already been enlightened by the Holy Spirit.
Let us be completely honest if the Bible is indeed the Word of God it must be without contradictions as it claims to be. The Bible also claims that scripture is not of private interpretation. That is there is a wrong and right and no ambiguity. That is one is either saved by the sinner’s prayer, or baptism, or the mourner’s bench or some other method, but only one way has to be correct. I am quite sure that anybody reading the Bible without deep knowledge will find many contradictions. But with learning and understanding, these will all go away. One such thing is the discrepancies of what is taught in the Old Testament being different than what is taught in the New Testament. It seems that God has changed the system under which man should live and that is correct.
Faith is not blind. Rather faith is something that will be proven by applying it. For example, the basic concept of ‘you will reap what you sow.’ If you go around cursing people out you will receive curses in return. If you go around saying hello you will get hellos in return. When one applies the teaching of “Loving one’s enemy” they will see the wisdom in it. I could break it down what happens both psychology and practically but it is very complex. Basically, when one “love’s their enemy” they greatly cripple their enemy’s power and hold over them. TheBible is a very practical book and when one understands it they will know how to live and what will happen in their life as a result of their faith.
I think many people believe they know what the Bible says where scripture does not. The whole Puritan idea that a person favored by God would be healthy and wealthy. While all blessings come from God ‘health and wealth’ is not a sign of God’s favor. Basic observation teaches us that many who are healthy and wealthy blaspheme the name of God.
The Bible is a tool and it can be used correctly and incorrectly. I readily agree that the Bible was used to maintain the slavery of African Americans. However, if one is honest they must acknowledge that Christianity was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. That the nonviolent technique practiced by those seeking emancipation defeated the violent repressive tactics of the establishment.
And so in my life, I live trying to trust the promises of God. If one has the confidence that God will provide it does not matter what problems come their way as you have what it needs to carry you through. Even when things look hopeless, if you have faith, you can keep on keeping on. There is great power in that.
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