Your atheist colleague reads your e-mail filled with neat evidence of Jesus defeating death, but doesn’t believe it one bit.
Your Muslim friend asks you to prove Jesus is the Son of God but she doesn’t believe even after you have expounded on the virgin birth of Mary.
Your uncle has experienced sharp suffering for most of his life, and refuses to accept any evidence you have given Him about the existence of a compassionate, creator God.
Do these situations bother you?
Then you may have wondered – How is evidence helpful while talking about Jesus and the Bible?
Considering these common scenarios most believers face during apologetics (apologetics is the defence of one’s beliefs), here is my answer – Evidence may not help you much in evangelism. At least, not how we expect it would make our friends turn away from sin and truly trust in Jesus Christ with their lives.
Evidence can never substitute faith, it can only further strengthen faith that is already present. Why?
All evidence is examined and understood based on a person’s presuppositions.
Presupposition: A belief that is held to be true without being challenged or supported by independent evidence.
Does anyone remember the movie, ‘The Matrix’?
A computer programmer, Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is contacted by a terrorist called Morpheus who tells him that the world as they knew it, actually didn’t even exist.
Mankind has been enslaved by machines! Machines are growing humans in large “farms” where their enslaved minds had been tricked into living under a gigantic mental illusion of a computer program called the Matrix. The real world is a dark wasteland, dominated by machines and with some remnant humans battling a bleak future.
Talk about new presuppositions!
It would have sounded incredulous to Anderson! He had been examining reality through one lens all his “life”. Continue reading “Is Evidence Helpful While Talking About Jesus and the Bible?”