What real evidence do you have that God exists?
Science clearly proves that there is no God.
All of that stuff in the Bible is just fantasy.
The Bible isn’t reliable; it’s been misinterpreted, and it’s full of contradictions.
If God were real, why is there all this suffering and evil in the world?
If you’ve never been confronted with any of these questions or statements, get ready. The climate now in our society is uncomfortably biased towards an atheistic mindset, and is becoming increasingly hostile towards the Christian worldview.
Of course, those of us who’ve at least skimmed over the New Testament aren’t really surprised or devastated by this.
But the hard truth is, there aren’t really many of us believers who can give a clear, objective answer to any of the queries listed above. Honestly, most of what we say in response to stuff like this is based on our own personal experience with God. This is certainly valid in and of itself, but in the eyes of most hard-nosed skeptics, it’s irrelevant. They consider your personal testimony as completely subjective and therefore inadmissible as true evidence.
“Well…so what? Who cares what they think? I know God is real to me, and that’s all that matters.”
This is the easy way out, and one I fear that too many believers (myself included) are more inclined to take. Here’s the problem with it, though: you and I may feel secure enough in our faith to be unshaken by such opposition…
…but what about our children?
What about the next generation? This generation who, from Pre-K to College, is being indoctrinated with the theory of evolution, and being blatantly encouraged to either reject God outright, or to embrace religious pluralism…in layman’s terms, to “COEXIST”? What about our kids whose iTunes are in many cases chock-full of music that is aggressively anti-Christ? What about our kids who are bombarded daily with social media that promotes just about everything that God forbids?
What about many of our kids who only know church…but don’t really know God?
Don’t get me wrong…I am in no way saying that we need to worry ourselves with trying to prove God’s existence; He’s real whether anyone believes it or not. But I do believe that we need to at least be able to speak to the hard questions that many people today have. And even more importantly, we need to prepare and equip our children, whose faith in many cases is shaky at best, and who could easily be swayed by just one persuasive atheist.
We are told in 1 Peter 3:15 to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”. I believe that God is leading me, both as a father and as an aspiring writer, to get to the place where I can do just that, and also to equip others to be able to do the same.
So, for the handful of readers that I have at the moment, be on the lookout here and there for some blogs that deal specifically with some of the current obstacles to having faith in God…obstacles that we as believers can help many non-believers to overcome.