Most of the time apologetic questions arise in the context of a conversation. You don’t get the opportunity for the kind of twenty-minute presentation that you get taught in books and seminars. So here’s the first in a series of posts suggesting some pointers for things to say in a tea break at work or in a noisy pub. First up, the question, ‘Why doesn’t God reveal himself more clearly?’
- ‘What would you like? How would you like God to reveal himself? Would you like God to write something in the sky? “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). Would you like God to send you a message? He has given us the Bible. Would you like God to come in person? Jesus is God among us.’
- ‘Jesus said: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Why not take a look at Jesus by reading a Gospel. See what you make of Jesus.’
- Challenge people. ‘There are good reasons for taking the existence of God seriously. Your real problem is that you don’t want to admit there is a God to whom you are accountable. You reject God because you do not like the implications for your life.’
- If people wish God existed then they will examine the evidence with more openness. So show people that it is good to know God and to live under his authority through your life and our life together. (See Deuteronomy 4:5-8; 1 Peter 2:11-12.)
- Don’t be intimidated. A person’s reasons for doubting God are just as ‘prejudiced’ as your reasons for trusting God.
This material is adapted from a Porterbrook Learning module.
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