Posts Tagged ‘unbelief’

Throwing Jesus out with the Bath Water

June 6, 2016

One of the biggest arguments anti Christians have is to drag out all the wrong and evil things done by churches and Christians down through the ages.  Sins of kings and governments are attributed to Christianity, when what they did was completely against Christian teaching.  Political Christianity–Kingdoms and nations who were nominally Christian, but who had political agendas, struggles and wars, is not the same as the faith given by Jesus Christ.  But people who don’t like or want Jesus in their lives will throw him out along with the rest of this.  They are ignoring the whole issue of who Jesus himself is and the arguments as to whether he was truly God, truly rose from the dead, was truly depicted in the early writings and so forth.  Truth is truth.  It cannot be refuted by the goodness or badness of the people associated with it.  Its rather like politicians today neglecting to give a cogent argument against the positions of their opponents and attacking their character instead.

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Reasons Not to Believe

February 17, 2016

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.

There is a God

March 6, 2014

I have heard probably 90% of the philosophical arguments for and against the idea of God.  I believe God, but not because of any philosophical arguments.  I have thoroughly studied the accounts of Jesus and His followers.  I have studied these accounts for their historical accuracy and find they are equal to or more reliable that any other history from that era, or even more recent eras.  The accounts of Jesus life and that of His followers contain so many miraculous events that nothing can explain them except God was in these things.  I also look at some particularly majestic or beautiful place in nature, and I just know God made that.  Evolution just can’t explain the culmination of all the things that had to happen together.  It takes more blind faith to believe it all happened by chance than to accept that God made it.  Then there is answered prayer.  When I have called out to God, He has answered me.  The ways are unique and personal.  Things happen that cannot be explained.  Coincidences that have a personal mark, meaningful to me, just happen when I pray.  

I personally think that disbelief in God comes from wanting autonomy.  Unbelievers don’t want to admit they do not wish to be subject to anyone, not even God.  They want to be free to set their own standards of right and wrong based upon their own personal value system.  Of course, if one believes they are in charge of their lives, they have no hope of help or of life beyond this realm.  It is truly a high cost for autonomy.  

Beloved Unbelievers

August 8, 2009

It is so hard to watch  loved ones stubbornly persist in their agnosticism.  They insist God is unknowable, yet we suspect they don’t really care to know Him.  We watch them continually turn away from even the possibility of a personal God and wonder if their death will eternally freeze them in position with their backs turned to God.  They will never see all they were made for.  They will be lost, alone, without hope.  Knowing every day is one day less for choosing God, watching them is like watching a child play on the freeway.  They’ve had their close calls, and if they don’t make a move it will eventually be too late.

An Unbelieving Spouse

August 16, 2008

I was saved about 3 years into our marriage.  I think my husband felt betrayed that he was getting something he hadn’t bargained for.  He really didn’t like churches or pastors.  However, he never told me not to go to church.  I followed the advice in Peter’s first epistle.  I just loved my husband and concentrated on being the best Christian woman, wife and mother I could be.  I didn’t nag my husband to go to church with me, and prayed instead.  I did tell him about things I heard in church that seemed really exciting, positive and hopeful–especially things that related to raising children or practical living, but didn’t “preach”.  I took the kids to church with me.  I waited 13 years, and during that time we both grew and so did our marriage.  When my husband finally made the decision to accept Christ, it was through talking to another man whom I’m convinced God had put into his path.  God does the work, we just have to be faithful.  I always loved this verse “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.”  (I Cor 7:14)  Its a mystery to me exactly what that means.   I believe it generally means God has your spouse in his sight, and He’s got both of you covered, because your marriage makes you “one flesh” and your relationship with Christ makes you and your marriage holy.  Being in that holy marriage kind of singles out your spouse for some special attention from God.

Why Be a Christian?

April 8, 2008

 

Christians are hard pressed to come up with selfish motives for being followers of Christ.  We serve a God who is not a genie.  He doesn’t serve us; we serve Him.  We trust Him with our lives, but as He says, our thoughts are not His thoughts and our ways are not His ways. What He calls good is not always what we would choose for ourselves.   He is the God who says we are to leave everything and follow Him, carrying our cross—the instrument of death.  We are to die to ourselves and live for Him.  We are subject to Him.  In short, He is not the kind of God we would invent for ourselves, if that were what we were actually doing.

 

We trust Christ’s promises for the next life—but that trust certainly involves risk, as the future is unknown to our senses.  We surely have to examine the evidence and believe Jesus is truly God, based on that evidence, for we are risking everything.  Ironically, those who have chosen to truly follow Jesus (not all who call themselves Christians have a personal knowledge of or commitment to Jesus) are the happiest people on earth.  The other irony is:  we don’t choose Him as much as He chooses us.  We can’t draw near Him without His drawing near to us.  Our faith is confirmed—sometimes nearly immediately, by the subsequent experience of His presence in our lives.