I don’t know if any of you subscribe to the quora.com/ questions and answers platform but it is a website where anyone can submit questions and where anyone can answer them. You can ask questions about literally anything and a lot of people submit questions about God and also the Bible. Sometimes the answers are good but a lot of the time the answers are anything but good. Once in a while I will take a look at some of the questions and infrequently I will reach out and answer one or two that catch my eye.
There is A LOT of misinformation out there in the world about God and about the Bible. Same thing goes with the topics of evolution, creationism or Intelligent Design. If you read through some of the questions and answers it can really be an eye opener.
Now a days we are bombarded with all kinds of information about people or companies wanting us to look at things they believe in or products that they want us to buy. Where I work part time is currently under construction so there is a lot of noise. It made me mindful that the world we live in is a noisy place where we have to learn to tune out the background noise in order to just think clearly. Maybe that is why so many people like walking in the woods because it is so quiet and peaceful.
One of the definitions of the word “faith” is to have complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
One of the courses I took in university had us individually stand up and fall backwards, trusting that our classmates would catch us. You’d be surprised how many people find it really difficult to do that. I use the illustration of sitting on a chair. When I sit on it I trust that it will sustain my weight and support me from falling to the floor.
So when I am talking to someone about my “faith” I link it very quickly in the conversation to trust. Most people can quickly identify with trust.
When you get into a conversation with a friend or co-worker who isn’t a Christian and talking about your faith in God comes up, there can be a lot of background noise. “Well what about all the wrongs committed by the Church?”, “What about all the children that get sick and die?”, “What about all the hypocrisy in so-called Christians?” etc.
What we are talking about here is mis-information and background noise. Valid questions never the less, but still background noise. Eventually those questions can be answered but in my opinion, that is not the issue to initially discuss.
Romans 10:17 NIV “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Or as the KJV puts it: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
In the military we used the K.I.S.S. approach a lot. It stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid”. I happen to be a firm believer in that approach.
I know that today there is a lot of discussion about presenting evidential facts to support Christianity and I agree with that but ….. from my personal experience that is not the approach to use when initially “breaking the ice” so to speak, when dealing with one on one conversations. There are obviously different approaches for different situations.
I trust Jesus.
I’ve looked at what He said, I’ve examined the evidence and the short story is I believe He is God’s Son and I trust Him.
Looking at what He said obviously involves the Bible and the Gospel of Christ.
The message of the Gospel is that God exists, He loves us and wants us to know Him.
The message of the Gospel is that the way we live and the things we do separate us from Him and try as we might, without His help, we can’t change the way that we are.
The message of the Gospel is that God sent us His Son Jesus to overcome the problem that we have, our separation from Him. our heavenly Father.
The message of the Gospel is that Jesus gave His life on the cross to overcome how we are separated from God and all that we initially need to do is to accept, believe or trust that Jesus is God’s Son, sent from the Father, acknowledge that “our ways” are not “God’s ways” and that we need to change, trust that the price Jesus paid on the cross to free us from our separation from God our Father can and will bring about a new birth within our lives that will begin anew with His Holy Spirit within us, here, now, today.
The message of the Gospel is that Christ rose from the dead and like Him, if we continue to trust Him, so shall we arise anew, here, now and later in Heaven.
This. I believe, is the message of the Gospel of Christ.
The evidence involves all or any of the various avenues to be explored, be it the trust worthiness of the Scriptures, the evidence for the resurrection, or whatever questions need to be examined.
I always liken trust or faith in God to learning how to swim. You can look at the water in the pool from all of it’s various perspectives, you can investigate the properties of water and analyze how your body will interact with the water but the long and the short of it is that you need to jump into the water to experience the reality that you can swim.
Jumping into the water is like making a decision to trust in Jesus. You either do or you don’t.
And, most importantly, just like our walk with God after we have accepted who Jesus is and what He has done for us, and trusted in Him as our Lord and Saviour, our trust in Him needs to be continued daily, otherwise, just like swimming, if we stop doing our part, we begin to sink. Faith or trust in God is an action word.
Just putting this out there for anyone who might find it useful.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!