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Christian Apologetics: Why Do Believers Need It?

As Christians we take the Bible and all the accounts within as fact.  We do not dispute that God Ravi2
created the heavens and the earth, all the life forms on it and that he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for us.  As Christians the Bible represents a source of hope and inspiration.  It is a means by which we can share Jesus’ good news with others.  To lift them up, brush them off and through the Bible’s teachings show others the love God has for us.  The Bible is a handbook for how we should live and treat others but possesses also the assurances that Jesus will not abandon us in this broken world.

Inevitably as more people leave Christianity and turn to disbelief or at the least agnosticism, how will you bring people back into the flock? The Bible is a great start of course but how do you respond when the non-believer says, “I don’t believe in the Bible?”  For many individuals, young adults especially, no God is more convenient than one to whom their actions are accountable and so they latch on to theories and scientific discoveries thrown at them by their atheist professors and friends.  This might be why some suggest that as much as 40-50% of Christian youths abandon their faith during their college years.

The problem us church going Christians have is that the Bible cannot prove itself.  In other words the Bible won’t be accepted as true just because the Bible says it is true.  Without the Bible to prove our case we may find ourselves like defense attorneys at a murder trial who have discovered their key defense witness has just been ruled inadmissible.

Even more problematic, many well-known atheists are brilliant professors with PHDs who continue preying on and corrupting young minds with their best-selling books.  How as Christians do we counter the arguments of such brilliant minds when popular voices such as Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson provide evidence that no God exists and that the Bible cannot be trusted?

This is the need for Christian apologists. For every best-selling doubter such as Sam Harris, Bart Ehrman or Dawkins, Christians also have an equally brilliant apologist such as Prof. John Lennox, Dr. William Lane Craig or Ravi Zacharias.  These gentlemen and others debate the atheists and answer the difficult questions that students around the country ask such as:

How do we know Jesus really existed or that the disciples didn’t make up his resurrection as a hoax? If the individual does not believe in the Bible then using the Bible as evidence for Jesus’ existence will not convince them.

How do we know that Jesus’ tomb was really empty?

How do we trust the Bible if it has been translated numerous times, has numerous errors and we do not have an original copy?

Stephen Hawking says in his book “The Grand Design” that the law of gravity explains how the universe created itself from nothing. Why then should we believe the Biblical account?

Why should I believe Genesis when Charles Darwin, all his present day acolytes and my textbooks claim that natural selection and random mutation explain the various species of animals on the earth and how we came to be?

How could the dinosaurs have lived hundreds of millions of years before man if God created man and dinosaur in the first week?

How do you argue the notion that you are a Christian only because you stayed within the faith in which you were raised?

How can you worship a God that promotes slavery and genocide?

1 Peter 3:15 says to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Read the Bible. Study the Bible. Give hope to those who have none.  If the believer however refuses to admit the Bible as evidence, then what data will you be able to give for the hope you have?

For answers to a few of the questions I have provided please check out the following links:

Did Science Kill God? John Lennox at UCLA

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? Yale 2014. William Lane Craig

Life’s toughest questions – Ravi Zacharias

Is God a Moral Monster? – Dr. Paul Copan

Why Can the Bible Be Trusted – Sean McDowell

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Do We Still Want God’s Mansions?

In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2

After God’s final judgement when believers are received into the new Heaven to be with Jesus are vizcaya-891844_640we to receive an actual mansion as the verse above may imply.  Perhaps not but I’ll wager we will receive so much more.  I wonder though recently as I examine the wealth of the top 1% around the world if they truly value God’s rewards waiting for us.

I admit I wish I had less to worry about as far as my finances go and I do desire to keep up with my peers in a few areas of material possession where I continue to fall further behind.  For this reason I struggled with accepting the following verse.  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Mark 10:25.  I am not rich but if my desires to be as such were fulfilled and I acquired the wealth I seek, do I damage my chances of entering Heaven? Only if I let the riches govern me rather than me governing my riches.

If my every request were satisfied, if I never struggled, would I need God?  Obstacles serve to bring us into a closer relationship with God as we call unto him for help.  I’m not suggesting the rich don’t suffer but why does a wealthy man/woman feel compelled to bend a knee to God when all their earthly desires are continuously met?

This article lists the top 15 most expensive homes for sale in the U.S.  Number fifteen starts at $75 million and number one is nearly double that at $140 million!  Breeze through the article and you will see what many of these houses boast.  You are either perched in a massive apartment hundreds of feet in the air overlooking New York or else your massive mansion adorns the ocean and comes complete with several guest houses, infinity pool and perhaps an indoor movie theater.

If I had the wealth to purchase a fraction of what these properties offer would I still feel a need for God’s comfort?  Might I not slip further and further from him? If I could solve the majority of my problems with cash I wouldn’t feel the pull to pray.

Pablo Escobar was one of the wealthiest drug lords in history.  At one point he was responsible for 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the U.S.  According to Escobar’s accountant, Escobar’s cartel was bringing in $420 million a week.  They had so much cash hidden in various places that Escobar would lose around $2.1 billion every year to water damage or mice.  Can you imagine having so much money that you could allow two billion dollar to rot away every year!  What if instead of hiding the cash in run down warehouses as the accountant claims, the money was given to the homeless or starving? A man’s mind not set on God would rather see his money destroyed than in the hands of someone he felt undeserving.

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his reward.  Matthew 10:42

According to this article the top 1% of the world’s earners will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth. So to clarify, at some point in 2016, the top 1% will have more wealth than the rest of the 99% combined!  Try cramming all of that through the pearly gates!

Wealth isn’t evil but if you allow it to fulfill all your flesh’s desires and you lose sight of God, you may end up somewhere for eternity where you truly wish a cold cup of water was offered to you.