Friday, November 2, 2012

Defending God's Word

Hello all. I am sorry that I have not kept up with all of you. Between work and college, it has been hard to find extra time. Today, I have found time for but a small post, hopefully you don't all stone me or something. ;)

Anyway, since I have little time to post for a while, I will not hold myself to typing whole series of posts on a single topic. Rather, I will write whatever comes to mind and pray for the best.

So, today I want to just throw out an idea for you: should Christians try to "prove" Scripture or God when they are witnessing to unbelievers? Here is an example of "proving" the existence of God:

"Because it is possible for the entire universe to cease to exist, its existence must be radically contingent. Even if the universe has always existed and was uncaused (i.e., the view of steady-state cosmology), its existence would still require a causal agent to keep it from ceasing to exist, to prevent its exnihilation. Since no natural cause exnihilates anything, the cause must be supernatural. A supernatural being (one that is itself uncaused) is required to prevent the universe from turning into nothingness.

It is, from my point of view, undeniable that I exist. Because my existence is actually necessary while not being logically necessary, it follows that I have to rely on the existence of another being to prevent my exnihilation, my actuating a state of nonexistence. Because the universe (whose own existence is also not logically necessary) is inadequate to the task, the cause must be supernatural. If I exist then God must exist.

While I could certainly be wrong, I believe that it is undeniable that (a) the universe exists, (b) the universe did not have to exist (that the non-existence of the universe is a logical possibility), and (c) the universe is radically contingent on the existence of an independent entity that prevents its exnihilation. As we noted earlier, any worldview that denies the undeniable is unaffirmable and is therefore false. That means that we can cut from consideration any and all worldviews that deny the existence of God." (http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2010/05/15/the-lazy-mans-guide-to-evaluating-worldviews/)

If you are at all confused, don't worry, most of us probably are. However, the point I want to make is that this type of "proving God" is not at all Biblical and is really a waste of time. So, what does the Bible say about the Gospel and preaching salvation to mankind?

"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.'

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

Brothers and sisters, we must understand that the Gospel is complete foolishness to those who are perishing. No matter how "complex and brilliant" our arguments may be, they are worthless in appealing to man. Salvation does not require cutting through a man's mind and changing his thought processes, rather salvation requires us to cut to the very soul of a man. The only weapon which can do this is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Why in the world would we want to use a peashooter (human logical/archaeological/scientific arguments) when we could be using the most powerful and effective weapon in the Universe (God's Word)?

Please know that it is not our own arguments and brilliance that save souls, it is the "foolishness" of God's Word. Know that a P.H.D is not required to spread the Gospel (thanks be to God, for I am certainly not P.H.D. level!).

As a wise man once told me, "We are not called to a (human) apologetic mission, we are called to spread the Gospel!" Understand dear Christian, it is the "foolishness" of God, not the wisdom of man, which produces salvation. No matter how humble of a Christian you are, you too can spread the Gospel in God's Almighty power.

"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,  and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord."   (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)