In the last post, I explained the dilemma Christians face in attempting to use reason to persuade non-Christians to faith in Jesus.
Those who need redemption are unable to be persuaded because their fallen condition predisposes them toward suppressing the Truth.
As a result, when the Apostle Paul took the gospel to the Greeks, he did not attempt to persuade them with reason but with the power of God. I Corinthians 4:20.
If any group of people were subject to being persuaded by reason, it was the Greeks. The Greeks gave us Plato and Aristotle.
Millennials are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Greeks. They are more driven by emotion than reason. The Greeks produced stoics; Millennials produce snowflakes. Continue reading “On Apologetics—Part 2”
When I was in college I was challenged by an atheist about why I believed what I believed as a Christian.
As a result, I began reading everything I could find on apologetics.
I read every book Francis Schaeffer wrote. I read Josh McDowell, Clark Pinnock, C.S. Lewis, and John Warwick Montgomery.
I became familiar with the apologetics of Norman Geisler and Cornelius Van Til.
As a result, I became convinced intellectually of the soundness of the reasons for my belief.
Then, in law school, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and for the first time I began to see manifestations of the power of God through healings, prophecy, and words of knowledge. At that point, I lost interest in apologetics because reason seemed a weaker advocate for God than His power.
Continue reading “On Apologetics—Part I”
My parents bought bicycles for me and my brother for our tenth birthdays. My brother is 10 months older than me, so he got his–a brand new red one–first.
When my birthday arrived, my expectations were high. I can still remember my disappointment when instead of a new bike, I receive a used Schwinn. It wasn’t fair.
When Jesus appeared to His disciples for the third time after His resurrection Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him more than the other disciples. Peter said he did. Jesus then told Peter that when he was old he would be taken into custody and put to death. Peter then looked around and saw the disciple, John, and asked Jesus if John would get the same fate. Jesus responded, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” John 21:18;22. Continue reading “Why God Is Not Fair”
Today is Easter.
If you awoke this morning wondering what the big deal about Easter is you are probably not alone.
As Easter has become secularized and commercialized, particularly in the U.S.A., the true meaning of Easter has become obscured.
But whether you are a Christian or not, Easter does mean something.
Whether you believe it or not, Easter means something. Continue reading “What Easter Means”
So my wife is going through some of my books and dressing them up with paper on the bindings to use as decoration, and she comes across Hans Kung’s classic apologetic, Does God Exist?
I recognize from the the non-chalant way she is putting decorative paper on the binding and handling the book she does not recognize what she has in her hands.
So, I say, “You do know that’s Hans Kung’s book, Does God Exist? It’s 800 pages, small print mind you, of an argument for God’s existence.”
She says, “You don’t need 800 pages to prove the existence of God. I could do it in a pamphlet.”
If you know my wife, you can hear her saying this. She is a matter-of-fact, bottom-line kind of person. And on this one she is right. Continue reading “Does God Exist?”