Reasons Not to Believe

People who work in the field of Apologetics are very smart people.  Apologetics is the field of study involving reasons to believe.  Christians in the apologetics ministry present a lawyer’s case of evidence for the truth of the Christian message, so no one need be asked to accept Christ with “blind faith”.   Questions are answered based on evidence, historical evidence, archaeological evidence, textual evidence and the like.  However, the biggest surprise for many in the field is why, after being presented with so much evidence supporting the claims of Christ, evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, some people still won’t believe.

Jesus answered that question.  Jesus said:  “There is no eternal doom awaiting those who trust him (Christ) to save them.  But those who don’t trust him have already been tried and condemned for not believing in the only Son of God.  Their sentence is based on this fact:  that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  They hated the heavenly Light because they wanted to sin in the darkness.  They stayed away from that Light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished.”  John 3:18-21.

Augustine knew and understood the truth about Jesus before he finally gave in to it.  He was involved in a sinful lifestyle and didn’t want to give up his enjoyment of that right away.  I once knew a man who had an adulterous affair going and didn’t want to give up the woman, so he would say he “didn’t know” anything about God, and didn’t think anyone could know.  That was in spite of once professing faith.  Not all of the reasons for unbelief are intellectual.  If there are sincere questions about matters of faith, then the apologist can work.

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