A couple weeks ago I said that apologetics is a way to have a lasting impact on the culture. Having a culture that can readily recognize a strong Christian worldview makes it easier for us to have a positive impact on others and persuading them of the gospel.
The truth is, Rome was not built in a day, and neither is someone’s worldview. All of us interpret things according to a system of beliefs we have about reality. Several months ago I told a couple of my coworkers that I believe that the Bible is completely True and trustworthy. They both laughed at me, well, it wasn’t a full throated laugh but more of a long chuckle. They had a worldview that conditioned them to think that the Bible cannot be trusted. To my knowledge they have never been approached by a Christian apologist able to articulate the reliability of the Bible.
I told them I had six good reasons that I could give them with the fingers of my left hand. Some of you are thinking, “but the only has five fingers on his left hand” so let me explain.
1. Predictive Prophesy
Starting with the pinky we can remember that the Bible has predictive prophesy. Read Isaiah 53 or Psalm 22 and you’d think they were written after Jesus’ crucifixion but these accounts were written hundreds of years before crucifixion even existed.
2. Unity in Diversity
Next, the ring finger, where there often is a wedding ring which is symbol of unity with your spouse. Springing from this idea of unity you can remember the Bible has a unified message. There are 66 books, written over the course of 1400 years, with over 40 different authors from various socio-economic backgrounds, numerous genres, and in three different languages; there are no ‘contradictions’ that cannot be reasonably explained.
3. Big Questions
The middle big finger represents big questions. Through the centuries, philosophers have struggled with certain big questions of life. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where did I come from? Where do I go when I die? The Bible has answers to them all. The same cannot be said of every religion or worldview.
4. Historical Index
The index finger (pointer finger) can remind you that the Bible is a historical index. Historians and archeologist repeatedly confirm what the Bible says about the time in which it was written. The book of Acts has 84 historically verified facts that add very little to its story but if proven wrong could throw the whole account into doubt. (Colin J. Hemer, The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History)
5. Changed Lives
Pull your fingers down and what’s left is your thumb which would make a “thumbs up” sign. This can remind you that those who take the Bible seriously, believe and do what it says, their lives are changed for the better. Knowing and Loving Jesus Christ makes all the difference.
6. A Fighter
Pull your thumb down and you will be making a fist. Your fist can remind you that the Bible is a fighter. It has endured millennia of the most persistent (even hateful) attacks but has always come out stronger for the beating. While some may not be persuaded of its truth, it has never been shown false or ineffective to change lives for good.
Ultimately did my explanation persuade my coworkers? Not to my knowledge but my presentation sure gave them pause. They started to look things up that worked against the Bible to counter me. One way or another, this evidence got them thinking that my claims about the Bible being true and trustworthy had some merit. And that may just be the beginning of their journey to knowing Jesus Christ.
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