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