Very often, when I visit with other Christians, we begin to talk about our walk with Christ. And, sooner or later, the conversations begin to at least border on the topic of apologetics. (Apologetics is simply logical discussion in defense of what you believe. In this case, Christianity).
Peter tells us, “…And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”(1Ptr 3:15, NLT). Yet, I’ve noticed that many Christians are reluctant (or unable) to defend their belief to others; or even to discuss it among themselves. I suspect it is because many Christians have bought into Satan’s lies; and our culture’s miss-information – which is the same thing.
Lie Number 1: Keep your religion in church where it belongs.
Every American should be extremely thankful that our founding fathers did not believe this lie. If you read our founding documents and look at our system of law, you will see the fingerprints of our God throughout. And, when (in Matt 22:39) Jesus commanded us to “…love our neighbors…”, He did not add, “…as long as they go to the same church as you.” Although, based on observations of all who say they are are “Christians”, one might think that He did!
I’m not saying to go out to the busiest street corner you can find, and start preaching. I’m saying, simply take your faith into your every day life – as Jesus told us to do. “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done….” (John 4:12, NLT) and, “…All those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and love them and live with them.” (John 5:23, NLT). Be an example of what it means to be a follower of Christ. When (not “if”) someone notices and asks you ‘why you live the way you do’, you can answer them. And, then followup with a question of your own, like, “…what’s your idea of God?” Or, “…how do you see God?”)
Chances are they will describe a very different figure than the loving God who so deeply cares for us. You will then have the perfect opportunity to describe our God who desires nothing more than to have a personal relationship with us. A relationship that leads us into the fulfilling, joyful life that God intends us to live.
Too scarey? Well maybe that’s because you’ve bought into the 2nd or 3rd lies I want to talk about.
Lie Number 2: Science will triumph over Christianity. Believers are either ignorant or gullible.
First, science and faith are not at war with one another. Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind”.¤ And, in the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Matt 22:37, NLT). Jesus is telling us to be totally involved (heart, soul and mind) in loving God. Yes, we are instructed to engage our minds when pursuing God. But, at the same time, we must not concentrate on knowing about God to the exclusion of not making connection with God on the levels of heart and soul. (Think about it: Satan knows God. He knows Jesus is God’s son. So, obviously, knowing about God is not enough.)
Think, also, about this: From the mind of God and the heart of God, comes our entire Universe and everything we “see” (with or without understanding it). God has surrounded us with evidence of His power, majesty, and love. James Tour, a nanoscientist, said, “Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God.” And this leads us directly to…
Lie Number 3: Christianity is based on faith. There’s no real evidence to support it. In reality, it’s just an opinion.
The interesting point here, is that Darwin unwittingly did Christianity a great service in his proposal of the Theory of Evolution. It has lead to an immense amount of scientific research which has proven a major part of his theory (macro-evolution) to be false. (Macro-evolution is the part of the theory that predicts one species can evolve into a completely new species). There is simply, no hard evidence in support of macro-evolution. The research has, however provided a great deal of evidence for what scientists call “intelligent design”. (I call it “creation”.) Plus, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics makes it impossible that life could have started by random processes in the “primordial soup”. Many scientists have tried to replicate this process, and all have failed. Which should surprise no one because they are trying to contradict the, all together now, …2nd Law of Thermodynamics! Additionally, mathematicians have shown the mathematical impossibility that random process could have produced life on our planet. There simply hasn’t been enough time for the necessary amino acids and proteins to form …even assuming you agree with the scientific dating of the earth at 4.5 billion years.
A couple of books I would recommend: I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, by Norman Geisler and Frank Tourek, (Crossway Books, 2004) and, Total Truth, by Nancy Pearcey, (Crossway Books, 2004). I’d also recommend approaching them in the above order as the 2nd is rather intimidating – in size, (but is, never-the-less, quite readable). These books will change your thinking forever.
About faith: There are many things in life we accept on faith. Does that mean all such things are bogus? Hardly. It simply means that there are things we accept as true without proof. The atheist accepts on faith that all things can be explained by science – even those things which can’t. Their “faith” tells them to add the word, “…yet” at the end of the previous sentence. There are many things about the mind of God I accept on Faith. My mind tends to think in finite terms (facts and concepts I can understand) while God’s mind is infinite. Imagine a God who can look into the past, present and future with equal clarity. Can you understand how that’s possible? Neither can I. But I believe God does it. I accept it on faith. And, the more I learn about God (by studying Jesus) the stronger my faith becomes. Not surprisingly, science continues to prove my faith well grounded.
So, get these lies out of your head. Rather than fearing science, embrace it. Trust God. Understand that true, factual science (conducted using scientific method, and going only where the evidence leads) will only strengthen our position. God created the Universe. God created the earth – in its perfect position in space, with its perfect atmosphere to support all 6.5± billion of us here on His planet. God offers all of us the best possible lives on earth – and, a perfect eternity with Him. But, the best part is, it’s a gift. It’s free for accepting; and available to all who make the choice* to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died as atonement for our sins, and ask Him into their lives as their Savior and Lord.
* Believing in God is not an opinion. It is a yes or no choice.
Satan’s lies cannot stand in the light of God’s Truth!
Christians are responsible for sharing the light of God’s Truth!
¤ I got this quote slightly wrong in a previous post. This is the correct verbiage. My apologies. …AG)