I am now taking a Sunday School class on Apologetics. I am quite excited about the things I will be learning and the debates we will be having on the topics viewed and discussed.
Last Sunday, we were talking about how Faith is not opposed to Reason. I feel as if I should repeat that again. Today most churches are filled with people searching peace and some sort of happiness, but not of people looking to glorify God. They’ve been deceived into thinking that Christ and the Bible is some sort of healing therapy that will work on you once you’ve “believed”. Services every morning are about what makes you feel good. You might even feel an atmosphere that says “Boring, long sermons is a thing of old. Let’s sing and do some nice skit all day!”. Thinking and theology is meant for pastors, they say.
Peter commands Christians to always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15). But what kind of faith will we present defense to? It’s in the last century, when Faith is thought as “blind believing” and “uninformed” thing. I was so sorry that in our Spanish versions of the Bible, the word “reason” and “reasoning” that appears in the greek manuscripts is translated as “discussing”. The Scripture tells us that Paul “entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 19:8) How could he persuade people if there’s no reasonable thing to tell? The Gospel is folly to those who are perishing because “they are darkened in their understanding” (Eph. 4:18), but God has revealed Himself in the Scripture through reasonable propositions. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” So faith cannot be unreasonable if it comes through the Word of Christ. Carl F. Henry says it right when he writes: “Nobody can be convinced to become a Christian. Nevertheless, without a rational criterion, the religious experience of anyone is less than biblical […] You do not need to be a Christian to understand the biblical truths presented in the Bible. Faith is a gift from the Spirit. The Holy Spirit uses the truth as means of persuasion and conviction”
I pity those churches that place their emotions above all biblical serious study and thought. They are avoiding the true Gospel and making people feel they’re Christians, when they are not. It’s only when you know the truth that you can grow in love with it.