When it comes to believing in God, Christianity has an enormous arsenal of arguments to transform the most ardent skeptic or non-believer into a Christian. From the Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways to the Kalam Argument, to the Moral Argument, there are some pretty strong rational arguments for God’s existence. We’re extremely blessed in our faith to have great philosophers and theologians, and those that influenced their beliefs, to ponder the deep questions about God.
I find some of the many arguments for God’s existence to be very complex and labyrinth-like. From one premise connects to another which leads to another and so on then you arrive at the point. But if you get stuck on one premise, you run the risk of damaging the presentation or comprehension of the whole proof. Sometimes, many won’t even budge at the hearing of such an elaborately reasoned reply. Then you have some that are clearly confused by the third word you speak.
This presents a huge problem for how to evangelize. We’re so convoluted with style and layout with establishing a foundation for belief in Jesus Christ that we muck up the whole thing by our own doing.
The rich intellectual tradition of Christianity is immeasurably important. There’s no doubt that things such as philosophy and science have advanced our understanding of how to conceptualize God. But yet, these aren’t what make the faith rich. What makes Christianity abounding in everlasting richness is its founder and perfecter, Jesus Christ.
Some people will need to hear more reasoned responses to gain further understanding of God, while some may not need those. I get that God is transcendent and eternal. No one grasps the infinite truth of God’s existence in its entirety. If someone perfectly knew everything about God, then we wouldn’t need Him because he would be discarded like yesterday’s newspaper.
If I may suggest at times, let’s step away from the large grand arguments and bring God to a more basic level. God isn’t purposely hiding away from everyone in a deep philosophical realm of understanding where only the privileged who understand Christian apologetics can find him. On the contrary, as Blaise Pascal stated, “He has willed to make himself quite recognizable by those; and thus, willing to appear openly to those who seek Him with all their heart, and to be hidden from those who flee from Him with all their heart.” Likewise, Solomon said in Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently find me.” Jesus Christ stated it amazingly when he said the one that asks will receive, the one that seeks will find, the one that knocks it will be opened (Matt. 7:7-8). All these verses have one thing in common-God will reveal who he is to those truly open to Him.
Maybe (huge maybe) many in Christianity are placing unnecessary roadblocks to the knowledge of God’s existence by their lofty high horse presentation when in fact, he came on earth, revealed himself to mankind, and even little children received him. Were these children somehow not smarter than we are today? They didn’t have these really amazing proofs for God that so many utilize today, but yet they responded with obedience and faith as only a child could give.
What people need is more submission. Many non-Christians hate the word “submission” because it relinquishes autonomy. How hard would it be too submit to the possibility of allowing God to reveal Himself to a person truly diligently open?
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