This writer recently attended a minister’s meeting. Good fun, fellowship and food existed. Even better, a church funding organization paid the bill. A couple good speakers shared some insights.
What impacted me most, as happens in every gathering of Christians, was how confidently we declare Christ’s word among ourselves. We really believe it.
The problem is: we believe it OFTEN because we believe it. Our faith makes it true. Which the slogan underscores: God says it. I believe it. That settles it.
In reality, it doesn’t matter if we believe it. If God says it, THAT settles it. Neither we nor skeptics have anything to say about the production of evidence. God determines when the evidence he presents is sufficient to prove that he IS and Jesus Christ is his Only Begotten Son.
Which is why apologetics needs to be an essential in church programs and Bible College curriculums. We need to believe because God’s evidence demands acceptance. I’m presently writing a series of books called Their Own Best Defense. The series offers a text-by-chronological-text study of the Four Gospels. Each text surfaces evidences that the Four Evangelists correctly and authentically recorded the life and ministry of Jesus. The first volume is published and available at: https://www.redemption-press.com/author/18630/virgil-hurley (both hard copy and E-book). It’s also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The point of all this is: when we tell seeking-unbelievers or skeptics that we believe the Gospels’ record of Jesus, we have proof of it in each text of the Gospels. While it may be comfortable living within our subjective belief, outsiders may consider it good for us but not for them. (The old post-modern view, still the basis of much religious thought.) However, if God says it, and proves it in his Word, all of us better pay attention. Since Jesus Christ is exactly what the Four Gospels say, honesty demands we accept him. We’ll be glad now and forever. God warns us: if we don’t accept him, for whatever, reason, get prepared. In the world to come we’ll never be happy again.