Each Wednesday for the past few months we have looked at an aspect of defending Christianity according to 1 Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
The point is not to win an argument. The point is not to pile evidence and see who’s smarter. The point is to point people to Christ. Evangelism is the heart of apologetics. Christian reasoning is the bedrock of witnessing. That’s what Paul did. That’s what Peter encourages us to do.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. Without Him, we know nothing. The Bible tells us that God reveals Himself to us so that we ALL will be without excuse on judgment day.
So, to talk with someone who claims to be an atheist, you have to first convince them that they are borrowing from the Christian perspective. One high-level philosophical argument is something called the principle of induction—or, we believe that the laws of nature will be the same tomorrow as they were yesterday. But if the cosmos is random (as secularists claim), then random and ordered things cannot both exist. They claim, “The world is random! We arrived here by chance!” yet they woke up in the morning and trusted gravity, and they won’t put their hand in a fire because they know it will hurt. They LIVE based on past experience (order), but CLAIM that we evolved by chance (random). They have to borrow from Christians in order to make sense of their world.
Another argument is about morality. What makes things right or wrong? Is it wrong to rape and murder someone? Is child molestation wrong? Yes. Why?
Christian: “God says it is wrong because we are made in His image, and are to love Him enough to love others.”
Atheist: “Rape is wrong in MY opinion, but it may not be wrong ALL the time.”
So, when can rape be okay? How do you arrive at your morals? How do you decide what’s right and wrong? Atheist: “There are laws. There’s a concensus of opinion. Society has deemed rape wrong, so I think it is.”
What if a BIGGER society comes around and overtakes us, and in THAT society, rape is okay? THEN is rape wrong?
Atheist: “I think it’s wrong, but the them it’s not wrong.”
So, why do you think it’s wrong? Why? Why?
See the circle? There’s no answer.
If we’re all stardust, randomly arranged through space, and we’re all going to end up as stardust after our life, WHY does stardust even care if other stardust rapes and kills each other?! So what?! We’re just stardust, right?
A Christian worldview makes sense of morals, of our beginnings, of love for each other, of doing good to each other, of governments, of everything.
Being a Christian makes sense of a messed up world. God will right all wrongs one day, but we are to do our part to reach as many through the good news of the Gospel as we can. -Bro. Ryan