The case for faith is indeed strong. The evidence is overwhelming in favor of the existence of God, of the reliability of the Bible, and of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In this final broadcast in our series Tough Questions for Today’s Christian, I review 14 questions and provide a foundation for a reasonable faith. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of questions. It’s fast paced. Get ready to write quickly!
Faith can be a three-step process – investigate, choose, and transform. In our previous blog and podcast, we talked about investigation. Today, our discussion is on the importance of making a choice. Lee Strobel and his wife met with one of the most influential writers and speakers in the Christian world. His name, Dallas Willard, a philosophy professor at the University of Southern California. Willard, who is now with the Lord, was the author of two highly regarded books in Christian circles, The Spirit of the Disciplines and The Divine Conspiracy.
The Strobels and Willard talked about people responding to God – why some do and some don’t. What was the determining factor in people’s faith or unbelief? Willard had a surprising answer – it didn’t have too much to do with the evidence. Listen and find out more! – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
We are nearing the end of our series Tough Questions for Today’s Christian. We have examined eight of the hardest issues skeptics bring up and it is not always easy to respond to them.
- Since evil and suffering exist, a loving God cannot.
- Since miracles contradict science, they cannot have really happened.
- Evolution explains life, so we don’t need God.
- God isn’t worthy of our worship if he kills innocent children.
- It is offensive to claim that Jesus is the only way to God.
- A loving God would never send and torture people in Hell.
- Church history is littered with oppression and violence.
- I have doubts, so I can’t become a Christian.
To tackle these objections, Lee Strobel, award winning writer for the Chicago Tribune who had converted from atheism to Christianity traveled to the offices and homes of eight prominent Christians who have excelled in the academic world. Each one provided outstanding rebuttals to the objections and clarified many misconceptions. Strobel mentioned that he discerned three steps in their answers; three steps every person must take to travel the road from unbelief to belief, from skepticism to certainty that Christ is real and that we can have life in him. The three steps are investigation, decision, and transformation.
Learn more about these three steps and six compelling scientific and historical facts that will make a solid case for faith. – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
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Several factors can feed our doubts – busy-ness that prevents us from taking time to reflect and learn, comparing ourselves to others and thinking that faith looks only a certain way, and a fear of commitment. Let’s move forward in our understanding of doubt and faith.
Dr. Anderson explained something important for all of us to hear – we must understand what faith is not.
Click on the link below and take about 3 minutes to read his insights and many others that I present in the second part of this message in my series Tough Questions for Today’s Christian. – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
Were the heroes of the faith born that way? Did they ever have doubts? Do you ever have doubts about God? Is it possible to be a Christian and have doubts?
Lee Strobel traveled to Dallas, Texas to interview Dr. Lynn Anderson. Dr. Anderson pastored churches in Canada and the U.S. for over thirty years. In 1996, he founded New Hope Network Ministries which focuses on coaching, mentoring, and equipping leaders. He has also written numerous books including one with the provocative title, If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts? He had a great story to tell Lee Strobel which I will pass on to you.
Listen to these fascinating comments today in my series “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.” – Jonathan Williams – WGS Ministries
When we look at Church history, we see terrible abuses and violence. How can Christianity be true if the Church is this way?
The Crusades is an example of a great failure in Church history that has hurt the cause of the Gospel in Muslim lands for the past several hundred years and has hurt the cause of Christ throughout the world. The Salem Witch Trials was another.
There are other events that are great stumbling blocks to the faith. Listen to part 2 of this message today. – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
If Christ is real and he founded the church why has his church been so full of violence in its history? When we look at Church history, we see terrible abuses and violence. How can Christianity be true if the Church is this way?
We are reminded of what Gandhi said, “I like Christ. It’s the Christians I have a problem with.”
We remember what the German philosopher Nietzsche said, “I will believe in their redeemer when his followers start acting redeemed.”
To find answers to this tough question, Lee Strobel in his book The Case for Faith visited the home of Dr. John Woodbridge, the research professor of church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has also taught in several secular universities in both the United States and France. He is the author of numerous books on history and theology and is a member of several key historical societies.
It is important to readwhat Woodbridge says about these events and my commentary on God’s Word. Click on this link to read this presentation of “Why is Church History Full of Abuse and Violence 1”
Jonathan Williams – Word of God, Speak!
C.S. Lewis said that the doctrine of hell is “one of the chief grounds on which Christianity is attacked as barbarous and the goodness of God impugned.”
“How can a good and loving God send people to Hell?”
Have you ever heard anyone say such things? Lee Strobel traveled to Los Angeles, California and there he met with Dr. J.P. Moreland and talked with him about this question. Dr. Moreland has a broad educational background – he has degrees in chemistry, theology, and philosophy where he earned his doctorate from the university of Southern California. He has written more than a dozen books and is currently the Distinguished Professor of Theology at Talbot Theological Seminary.
In this broadcast you will hear Dr. Moreland’s thoughts on this topic and my commentary from God’s word. I hope you enjoy it and share it with others. – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries
“Listen, you say that Christ is the only way to God, but isn’t the way a person lives more important that what he believes? Besides, I know many upright, moral people who are not Christians. Isn’t it more important to be one with the universe and to realize the divine within all?”
Great questions. How would we answer?
Is Jesus Christ the only way to God?
Listen to this broadcast, Part 2 of a 2-part message in our series, Tough Questions for Today’s Christian. Then, let me know what you think! – Jonathan Williams-WGS Ministries
Is Jesus really the only way to God?
One person called such an exclusive claim “absurd spiritual chauvinism.” Another called it “spiritual dictatorship” and a prominent spokesman for another religion said,
“I am absolutely against any religion that says that one faith is superior to another. I don’t see how that is anything different than spiritual racism. It’s a way of saying that we are closer to God than you, and that’s what leads to hatred.”
How do we answer people when they say we are being judgmental or narrow minded?
Click on this link and read this brief script from my program, Word of God, Speak. It is Part 1 of a 2-part message in my series, “Tough Questions for Today’s Christian.”
Let me know what you think! – Jonathan Williams, WGS Ministries