As Christians we take the Bible and all the accounts within as fact. We do not dispute that God
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: