The Obvious Answer
“A second time (the Pharisees) summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man (Jesus) is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:24-25
As some of our students get ready to go off to college where their faith is sure to be tested, I’d like to share a nugget that I’ve learned over the years: You can’t debate Jesus into somebody’s heart. Rather it’s by sharing His love in what He’s done for you that you win them over for the Lord.
There are scholars a lot smarter and more accredited than me that believe that the Bible is a fairy tale, that you cannot prove the existence of God and the Lordship of Jesus. Likewise, there are scholars a lot smarter and more accredited than me that believe the Bible is the infallible, inspired word of God, that you can prove the existence of God and the Lordship of Jesus.
So what does this tell us? If you’re a skeptic or an atheist or agnostic, you’ll find reason and supporting documentation to remain so. If you’re a believer, you’ll find reason and supporting documentation to remain so. Regarding the latter scenario, two men come to mind – Josh McDowell More than A Carpenter and A Ready Defense as well as Lee Strobel The Case for a Creator and The Case for Christ. Both were self-proclaimed agnostics who sought to disapprove Christianity but rather became believers through their research.
For me, it’s really become quite simple (after years of learning the hard way) to share Christ’s love as opposed to avoiding the temptation to go into debate mode. What I ask of people is the following: How do you explain the supernatural work that Jesus has done in my heart? In my wife’s heart? In our marriage? And how do you explain the supernatural work that He’s done in the hearts and minds of 10s of millions of believers on every continent over the course of the last 2,000 years. How could a mere mortal, a poor carpenter, who only lived for 33 years, who never traveled that far from his birth place and only had a ministry of 3 years have that kind of impact on the history of mankind?
In every single generation, so-called messiahs have come and gone. In every single instance in recorded history, except one, that “messiah” is killed, imprisoned or dies off while his followers either are killed, imprisoned and ultimately the movement disbands. Only one time in the history of the world has a messianic movement not died off after its leader was executed. Only one time in the history of the world has a messianic movement gone from a dozen or so scared followers who thought they were next to meet a brutal end to the dominant faith of the modern world at that time within 200 years – strictly spread by peace, often under the threat and excecution of a horrific death, and almost entirely by word of mouth. How is this possible? For me, the answer is obvious – all I can personally tell you is that once I was blind but now I see.
May 29th Posted in: Christian Living with No Comments