SINCE SCIENCE HAS SAID THAT THERE WAS NO CREATION AND NO MIRACLES IS CHRISTIANITY OBSOLETE?
My children went to the public university and came back with this question. It is not uncommon for our children to be taught this in the university. “Don’t you know,” they say, “Science has disproved the whole thing. Why do you still believe?” There is a tremendous presumption in all of that. We need to be prepared to address it, again with kindness and sensitivity. We need to say to them categorically, there is no scientific proof of the evolution of more complex structures from simpler forms of life as entities. There is NO scientific proof!
This generation is so committed to disproving creation, that they take an evolutionary hypothesis and make it a reality, and the hypothesis is essentially this: all forms of life have descended in a blind determinism from some original form of matter whose origin remains a mystery! Out of that pile of —— evolved you. Scientists speak with amazing authority concerning millions and millions of years.
Let us be honest about all of this. The root issue is about God and His existence. Once we postulate the existence of God, then miracles are no problem. Truth be known, that as a result of the lack of evidence, someone who believes all of this does so on faith. Our faith starts with in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If we are willing to bow before God’s greatness we use the record He gave us. Science can only communicate on the repetition of events and call it truth. They have a major problem with something that did not happen twice, like the creation of the universe. The data which is given to us in the Bible is sufficient for belief. If we refuse this evidence, no additional evidence will convince anybody. (Luke 16:28-31)
ISN’T CHRISTIANITY JUST A PSYCHOLOGICAL CRUTCH FOR FOLKS WHO CAN’T FACE LIFE?
That question demands a thank you very much! Ok, let’s just examine the evidence. Let’s look at three of the first followers of Jesus and see if there is evidence that they needed a psychological crutch. Let’s take Peter. Do you think he needed a crutch? This guy was a fisherman and if you met him, I will bet he was like the tough professional fishermen of today. I don’t think he needed a crutch when you look at the things he said and did.
Matthew the tax collector had no need for a crutch. He was very successful as a tax collector. Saul of Tarsus (Paul) the feared killer of Christians was hardly in need of anything to make him tougher than he already was. In fact, when he came to know Jesus, he was even tougher! He was many times flogged, tortured and in shipwrecks and jail. Following Jesus is not for wimps. My hope is built on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Then they may say:
VERY INTERESTING! BUT I’M OKAY. I WAS BAPTIZED AS A BABY, AND I’VE BEEN PRETTY REGULAR AT CHURCH FOR MOST OF MY LIFE.
What do you say to that? Churchianity is not Christianity. Sacraments are signposts pointing us in the right direction, but they’re not vehicles that take us to our destination. The Bible says that no one became a Christian by having something done to them by someone else.
Since most people that say this believe that all is well, they need to understand what the Bible says about sin. Our job is not to convict them of sin, but we can say what the Bible says about sin.
Sin is an attitude and a condition says the Bible. It also says that mankind is diseased and dead. (Eph. 2:1) You see the most ethical man in this world is in the same position before God as the drunkard and wife beater. The Bible clearly says that the acceptance of Jesus Christ needs to be a willful statement of truth and that each person, no matter what their life, needs the Lordship of our Savior.
In my next blog, I will address the issue of being a Roman Catholic and how that alone does not save you nor give you eternity. And I will conclude this series with some concluding statements about evangelizing to our children.
Source: Alister Begg www.truthforlife.org
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