Although I am not a bold evangelist, and I don’t have the gift of evangelism, God still sometimes uses me to help spread his Word.
A few months ago, I had a great conversation with a guy I work with. He’s a very scientific-minded person, who always has a fact he believes contradicts the Bible that he wants me to explain. Basically he wants me to answer gotcha questions.
One day, I had the pleasure of having a long conversion with him. It started out like it always does – he bombarded me with the latest Discover Channel propaganda he watched the night before.
“Did you know this show said Jesus was married? What do you say to that?”
“This guys say the Israelites didn’t cross the Red Sea. He had some good evidence. How do you explain it?”
This particular conversation went all over the place. I took the defensive position for the first part. Simply answering his questions. But I went on the offensive when he asked me –
“If God is good why do bad things happen to kids?”
I told him in my opinion this is probably the hardest question for a Christian to give a good answer to. I told him about Adam’s sin and punishment, and gave him the proper theological answer.
But then I then remembered how Dr. Bahnsen dealt wonderfully in his debate with Gordon Stein when Stein asked this same question.
I told him that although it is a tough question to answer he had no right to even ask it. Because as an atheist he has no grounds for believing something is right or wrong. Darwinism teaches that only the strong survive. Kid’s are the weakest part of the human race. So when they die it’s what to be expected. It’s not good or bad, it just is.
I went on to explain how morals come from a belief in a transcendent law given from a transcendent law-giver. And how his worldview can’t have a transcendent law because it has no room for a God – the law-giver. So the only reason he even thinks children dying is a bad thing is because Christian culture (which believes in right/wrong, good/bad, evil/just) told him so.
This point may have gone completely over his head but it illustrated to me the effectiveness of a presuppositional argument.
I usually have a hard time articulating presuppositional arguments. But this day Bahnsen was my muse!
Next he told me he needed more evidence. He told me he didn’t believe in miracles because he had never seen one.
I remembered Dr. Bahnsen saying somewhere that by definition a miracle is something you wouldn’t see, because if you did it would no longer be a miracle but a common occurrence. I told him this.
Then I also got even closer to the heart of the matter. I asked him if he has ever read the Bible or if he had an explanation for the miracles already recorded in the Bible. He said no to both.
So I asked him what right does he have to demand more evidence if he hasn’t even dealt with the evidence God has given him!
Lastly he told me avoiding hell was not a good reason to become a Christian – as I said this conversation was all over the map. I simply told him that not going to jail may not be the best motive for not committing a crime but it still is better than a heinous crime being committed.
Going to hell may not be the best motive for seeking after God but it still is a valid motive!
At the end of our debate he told me that he was glad to talk with me but he feels he won the debate. God gave me the grace to not let that comment ruffle my feathers. I told him that it’s fine he thinks he won. And maybe he did win.
But as a Christian I know that God always wins. I know his word never returns void.
My friend may be able to evade all that I say, but when God wants to get a hold of him worldly logic will fail!
I use the three moments to illustrate that we don’t have to be the greatest apologists in the world to have answers to most peoples questions. Because Gods word is true, everything that is against it is false, and is thus easily refuted!
Although these were quick moments in a given day and nothing that sounds profound to us was said, we have to realize that God uses us to plant seeds and that the littlest answer to a question may be scoffed at initially but sometime down the road God could powerfully use your words in their mind.
A side note- The debate between Bahnsen and Stein is fantastic and should be listened to. It is a real faith builder.
Thanks for reading,