When it comes to apologetics, it’s a very helpful tactic to show unbelievers the truths of the Bible. But when evangelizing, is apologetics helpful or necessary? Read what Steve Ham has to say on this subject.
January 18, 2018
The faith of an atheist is hard to shake. Did you know that atheists live by faith? Not faith in God, obviously, but they do live by faith. Whether it’s their belief that consciousness and existence cease after death, or their belief that nothing somehow magically created everything, make no mistake: atheists live by faith. Many atheists cling to their faith in science; they claim that science is the only truth, and that everything must be tested in a scientific manner. But the problem is that science is not always reliable. Did you know that scientists once believed that the world was flat and that bleeding was the best way to rid the body of disease? Sometimes science is wrong. The word science simply means knowledge, and guess what? Man’s knowledge isn’t always correct.
When it comes to the knowledge of God, how would a scientist expect to perform a lab test on the One who measures the universe within the span of His hand? How would you measure the Immeasurable, contain the Uncontainable, or somehow fit your Creator into a test tube? It couldn’t happen. God doesn’t submit to our tests; it’s us who must submit to Him.
Our job as Christians isn’t to convince anyone that God exists. Romans 1:20 says that everyone already knows that He does: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…”
The atheist with his limited knowledge is quick to preach “there is no evidence for the existence of God.” Because an atheist presupposes that there is no God, no amount of evidence will pull him away from his blind faith in naturalism.
For example, if I were to have a videotape of God coming down from Heaven, they’d say it was a special effect. If I had a thousand eyewitnesses saying they saw Him, they’d say it was mass-hysteria. If I had Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in the NT, they’d say that they were forged, dated incorrectly, or not real prophecies.
So instead of convincing atheists of that which they already know, God’s existence, our job is to simply point out their foolish thinking and to warn them that they are in terrible danger for breaking God’s moral Law and that unless they repent and trust in Jesus, they will perish on Judgment Day.