In the first three parts of this series, we looked at how to more effectively deliver the good news of God’s salvation through Christ, a way to frame the message, and how to alleviate some of the most common objections that unbelievers have, which serve as barriers against their receiving the gospel.
Now, let’s examine some of the deeper theological misinformation that our unbelievers may have accumulated. Keep in mind that some people will throw out these ‘big ones’ just to try to throw you off, so that you’ll go away. (Gently persist until they tell you straight up that they aren’t interested.)
If there is anything that you don’t feel you can answer, your response is always this: ‘I don’t know about that, but the Bible has all the answers. Let me ask someone who does know, and then I’ll get back to you.’
1. ‘I don’t believe in God.’ (Generally, this is not a ‘faith’ issue, but rather reflects the investment that they have in their sin lifestyle.)
Your answer: ‘Okay. So, tell me what your thoughts are about how this universe got here and the people and animals, etc.’ (Let them finish all their thoughts so that their head is empty and poised to receive what you have to say.)
‘God has put an unction in your heart to seek Him out and has shown you many of His characteristics in His creations. And, good things happen when you look for Him:’
…that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things in the world that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. Rm. 1:19, 20. AMP
“The hand of God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him…” Ezra 8:22 NASB
‘Science would propose the Big Bang theory and the theory of Evolution (90 years ago and 160 years ago respectively) to explain how the universe was formed and how the inhabitants of our planet came into being.
If we are to believe (i.e. have faith) in these, we would have to accept the premise that there was a pre-existing universe that spilled a part itself into nothing and miraculously, our universe was born. None of this can be proved.
We are also asked to swallow the assumption that lightning struck some primordial soup of just the right chemical mix and cellular life was spontaneously created, (something that has never been able to be replicated in a laboratory). The odds of all that happening is one in ten to the 99th power. That’ a 1 followed by 99 zeros; not remotely likely.
Finally, if we are to take Darwin’s evolution at face value, you would have fish becoming land animals and monkeys becoming man. There was a time, eons ago, called the Cambrian Explosion, where according to fossil evidence, there was a simultaneous appearance of a great diverse species of life. That blows away Darwin’s theory.
The only ‘evolution’ that took place is that horses, dogs, man got bigger and stronger, but all species stayed the same. Ducks did not become salamanders. Chimpanzees were related to cavemen, but the last of them died out a quarter of a million years before modern man showed up.
Even in plant life, we don’t see any natural diversification. Plums will not grow watermelons, etc.
Four thousand years ago, the Bible (God’s word) tells us of creation and of many other scientific facts. It describes the sequence of the creation of the universe and of life exactly as science would postulate much, much later. (Gn. Ch 1 & 2) It tells of the nature of the wind currents (Eccl. 1:6), the shape of the earth (Is. 40:22), that the earth hangs in empty space (Job 26:7), and speaks of innumerable stars and the patterns that they have (Jer. 33:33, 31:35).
God speaks of future events that all come to fruition. No other religion does that. Science says that all our laws of physics began when the universe was created, and they too must have been created by a source outside of space, energy, matter and time. Only God fills the bill.
Nothing God has said has ever been proved untrue. Even His laws for living provide for the greatest and highest life. There is no substitute. We can depend upon God for viable, repeatable results. An atheist has nothing tangible to hang his faith upon. For example:’
“For I am the LORD, I do not change [but remain faithful to My covenant with you]…” Mal.. 3:6 AMP
‘Therefore, God is immovable and eternal, (thus, outside of space and time because He created both.) He experiences past, present and future simultaneously because He is the author of them all – omnipresent.’
‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.’ Is. 44:6 NKJV
“God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind]…” Jn. 4:24 AMP
‘As a Spirit, God is boundless, infinite, perfect and eternal – who was existing before anything else did, and He will remain at their end – even to their eternal transformation:’
By faith [that is with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God… Heb. 11:3 AMP
2. ‘I don’t believe that the Bible contains the word of God.’
If some did not believe or were unfaithful [to God], their lack of belief will not nullify and make invalid the faithfulness of God and His word, will it? Certainly not! Let God be found true [as He will be], though every person be found a liar, just as it is written [in Scripture], “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED [by sinful men].” Rm. 3:3, 4. AMP
“Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” Mt. 24:35 AMP
“Whoever is of God and belongs to Him hears [the truth of] God’s words; for this reason you do not hear them: because you are not of God and you are not in fellowship with Him.” Jn. 8:47 AMP
‘Everybody would want to connect with God if they realized how much He loved them. However, you cannot connect with Him (or anyone) unless you first build a relationship with Him.
Relationships are borne from learning how to understand the other, and how to tend to their needs and desires. It all involves a process of time, communication and action (based upon what is learned in the communication).
God already knows us. To help us get to know Him, He left us a ‘love letter’ referred to as the Bible, which allows us (using time, communication and action) to build a love relationship with Him.
To address your unbelief, let me unravel why we Christians consider the Bible to be penned in God’s own words…
The Bible came about in a most miraculous fashion: 40 Holy Spirit-inspired men, (meaning God was talking directly to them), from all walks of life, wrote the 66 books that comprise the Bible, over a 1500-year span, in 3 different languages from 3 different continents. Despite these differences, the end result is a cohesive, non-contradictory theme, which each of the books explaining / defining the others in further detail.
It is a remarkable account of the beginning of all things and progresses to their end.
The Dead Sea scrolls prove that the Old Testament has survived its authenticity for thousands of years without corruption. Thousands of letters circulated by the early church fathers, when pieced together, display a 99.9% accuracy for God’s word in the New Testament.
The Bible’s historical accurateness has been proven archeologically – supported by more historical extra-biblical manuscripts than any other book.
No other non-biblical holy scriptures possess prophecies about future events (which came true), as does those prophesied by God in the Bible. This includes many that were made about Christ and His coming.
The Bible possess an inherent ‘rightness’ in its words that brings us into God’s presence, which has inspired people to make it the most translated and best-selling book of all time. In addition, it has withstood atheistic assault for more than 4 millennia, and the truth of God’s word continues to endure.
Jesus Himself testified as to the veracity of the scriptures as being the pure truth of God.
Many scientific facts are revealed centuries before their human discovery. (You, the reader, refer to the first section of this post for your armamentarium.)
Jesus commissioned and equipped His apostles to deliver the totality of the New Testament, to establish the first church, and propagate the gospel to save all souls from destruction.
Finally, and most importantly, when people read the Bible, it changes them – transforming their natural broken state into a higher spiritual plane, meeting all of humankind’s spiritual, relational and moral needs.
That’s why we believe the Bible is the word of God.’
Well, I thought I could cover the ‘big objections’ in one post. Not. Don’t be disheartened. You don’t have to know this material word-for-word; but if you get it in your heart, you will bring glory to God as you do your best to fill the kingdom.
Keep putting on the armor. More to come…
Goodnight and God bless.