You Need To THINK!

One of my greatest aggravations as a Christian is fellow Christians who seem to be resistant to knowledge and learning.  I hear Christians talk about their faith as if it were an act of will, imposing belief on themselves in the face of all difficulties, discouragements, and doubts.  This is not what we are commanded to do!

[ESV] I Peter 3:15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;

The expectation is not that we would blindly barrel forward holding onto “faith” as some sort of mantra, but instead have a coherent explanation for what we believe and why we believe it.  Romans and Hebrews are two books of the Bible that were written as just such an explanation.  They were written for a particular audience at a particular time, but we have many similar sorts of books today.  Lee Strobol has written several such books, including The Case for Christ and The Case for FaithEvidence that Demands a Verdict is another fantastic book that explains why we should believe.  I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist is yet another excellent book.

If you have questions about why things work the way they do, don’t just grab hold of some mystical faith.  Ask people you respect.  There is a reason why bad things happen to “good” people (no one’s actually good, and bad people do bad things to bad people).  There’s a reason why there’s suffering in the world (it’s called sin).  Your doubts and questions are probably from non-Biblical thinking/assumptions.  Get answers.  Ask questions.  If your pastor can’t answer your questions, find one that CAN!

You have to think!  You cannot reach people for Christ if you cannot explain Him.  These days, you may have to convince people that he actually existed.

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