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Evangelism Through Faith vs. Facts

There is a difference between the seeker and the lost when talking about faith and facts.

Many of my Christian peers focus on evidence that God exists, that Christ lived a perfect life, died, and rose again so that we could have a pathway to salvation, and that the Bible is God’s inerrant resource for the Christian life on earth and the one to come, after death.

Don’t Use Apologetics on the Atheist

Of course, I don’t fault other Christians for their good intentions and efforts in expressing God’s truth. After all, I came to Christ from a position of exploring the facts, particularly focused on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. At the age of 32, my final watershed moment was when I decided the most logical answer to His return to life after the crucifixion was His divinity (see my testimony here). However, even though I “came to Christ” through apologetics, I think it’s more honest to talk and write to the lost by cutting through all the head knowledge (which includes their factual challenges to Christianity), and just admit that salvation is not about facts, it’s about faith. Only for the true seeker, who is being drawn by Christ to the cross, is there an open mind for facts. Scripture acknowledges it…

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

In responding to a reader on the subject of Science vs. Religion (article here), he made the point that “Mankind understandably sees science as pragmatic, by fulfilling the promise of satisfying curiosity with concrete & actionable knowledge”.

My response was to confirm that clearly, humanity is stuck on itself, to learn, experience, and grow in the knowledge of the universe based on our own efforts. Often, we benefit tremendously from the scientific method. Sometimes, however, we do get sidetracked and lost in our own myopic self-confirming beliefs (flat earth or spontaneous generation).

The reality is that if one does not believe in the supernatural (religion), they are left with only the natural (science) to explain the world and everything in it.

Science Leaks into Cultural Changes

Of course, the problem with science is that it is fluid and so even our foundational theories can fluctuate. Interestingly, this flexibility resulting from scientific achievements, leaks into unusual areas such as changes in cultural morality, including transgender surgery, in-vitro fertilization, the abortion pill, COVID vax, artificial intelligence, and TikTok software. These are just a few of the advancements in science that have raised new questions on behavior.

A Biblical Faith-Based Response

Biblical Christians may have to set human logic (fact and evidence) aside when defending our views on theology with the lost. Believers who try to force fit current scientific theories into or against Biblical principles can become doomed, trying to jam a round peg (Biblical evidence) into a square hole (scientific method). When we speak on contemporary issues such as Pro-Life from the womb, Complementarianism, marriage between a man and woman, or theological issues such as Creationism vs. Evolution, the existence of Hell, sin, a loving God vs. judgment, etc…. logic, science, evidence, facts, etc often need to take a back seat to the reality that our beliefs do not come from head knowledge, but instead from heart knowledge (faith).

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Understandably, Christians are compelled to “prove” God both exists and loves us, based on tangible “facts”. At 30 I thought Christians were blind, stupid, and desperate for a false belief in a better future after death. Perhaps, as a committed atheist, a simple statement from Christian evangelists that faith, not facts, drove their ultimate decision to follow Christ, might have gone over better. Today, at 71, being a Christian for about 40 years….

I do still remember when believers tried to convince me with facts, that God was both real and that He loved me. These evangelists did not get my attention, as I was a totally lost unbeliever. However, much later, as a seeker, drawn by Christ to His truth, I opened my mind with a willingness to explore the Bible from an objective standpoint (facts) and became a born-again Christian as God dragged me kicking and screaming to the cross… ultimately through Faith.

Here is my story… “The Testimony of a Biblical Christian

Salvation – Eternal Life in Less Than 150 Words

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AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 

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