I wrote an article recently, responding to those who see Christianity as a form of “mythology”, like so many other false religions. An interesting perspective came in through a comment that… unbelievers will never consider our Biblical Christian worldview as anything more than a fairy tale until they see the miraculous demonstrated in front of them (ex. healings).
“A visit to Churches or Ministries where healing, miracles, and the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit are happening, will solve these people’s questions. That is the main reason for these displays. God is practical and knows reasonings will do no good with the unsaved…. We need to see it [God’s truth] in the Word and accept it by faith.”
Of course, there is a division inside Christendom on the validity of contemporary, on-demand miracles and spontaneous healings. I may write on this topic someday but that is not the subject of this post. Instead, I think it is important to put in context what God calls the Christian to do as His ambassador while we remain on this earth (2 Cor. 5:20).
We all come to Christ Differently
As Paul said… we need to be all things to all people in order to save some (1 Cor.9:22).
God draws people to Himself. Further, He calls believers to be available to give an answer to the hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). Finally, salvation comes from faith and faith comes from God (Heb. 11:6).
Seekers are looking to fill the void in their life with the gospel message, and we need to be open to sharing in different ways for different people.
Why I Do What I Do
I write on Medium, not so much for the people I respond to but for the ones who “tune in”, silently observing in the background. Hearts change only through God’s work as we plant and water and He gives the growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Planting and watering includes respectfully challenging atheistic and deconstructionist views wherever we find them.
My personal salvation experience came from being an atheist for the first half of my life, then to a “lost” believer, through apologetics. It was only when I got to a point (recognizing God was orchestrating it all) where Christianity was no longer a crazy unsupportable “mythology”. God took me the rest of the way when I not only accepted Him with my head (apologetics) but took the leap of faith and accepted Him with my heart. I “believed” in God, salvation, Heaven, Hell, and the Bible with my mind, in February of 1989. I accepted Christ into my life as Lord and Savior, by faith, on April 15th, 1989. My “salvation” occurred on the second date, not the first.
The above is the essence of why I spend hours and hours every day writing to anyone willing to listen to the truth of the gospel message. I believe God will use His words, mixed with my shallow, anemic attempts to be part of the planting and watering, as He brings in the harvest. Some may come to Christ through their parents, others through a friend or pastor or youth leader or coworker, or through miraculous events in their lives, or even healings and spontaneous miracles. The point is, God is not limited in his methods as we should not limit our approach. We are His Plan A and there is no Plan B.