I had the pleasure of going to an apologetics conference this weekend. (One of the blessings of living in a country that originally advocates religious freedom.) I’ve also been doing a lot of apologetics work in my speech club, so I’ve spent a good deal of time (I could probably safely say that I’ve spent quite a few hours over the past few months now) in researching what I believe. All of that to say, I’ve discovered something very alarming about what I believe, and that is this:
I don’t know why I believe what I believe.
There, I said it. No Christian blogger is supposed to say that, right? I mean, how could I admit to such a thing? The fact is, I profess to be a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for my sins, redeemed and reconciled me, etc., etc., but honestly, how much of the details to these things do I know? Am I just simply believing what I’ve been told? The horrendous fact is that I have. It’s true that I do know many reasons for why I believe what I believe. I’m not completely ignorant. But if I were to get into a conversation with an adamant atheist tonight, I’m not sure how well I’d be able to persuade them that Christianity is true. I’m pretty ignorant about the “why” of some key aspects of my faith. And more than likely, you are too.
We take our faith for granted. We’re willing to accept so much. Of course, I’m sure you and I have both done a considerable amount of research regarding certain aspects of our faith. I’ve been raised to think analytically (even skeptically) and to think things through, so I wouldn’t be quick to admit that I don’t know the details to what I believe.
It’s not that we don’t know what we believe. We do. It’s that we don’t know why we believe it.
That’s why I want to take a minute in this post and ask you to answer some questions. These are real questions we will face when talking about our faith with others – I didn’t make these up. Take a few minutes (or an hour…) and humor me. Don’t pull out your concordance. Don’t pull out your Bible. Don’t whip out Wikipedia or Google. Answer these questions with the knowledge you already have in your head, as a comment below. And see what observations you’ve made when you’re done.
- Is the Old Testament a reliable historical document?
- Are Scriptures and science in conflict?
- How would you respond to the statement, “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere”?
- What evidence is there for the resurrection of Jesus?
- Why did Jesus have to die to provide salvation for men?