6/20/13 Ashley about 18
Ours is a reasonable faith, but for a variety of reasons people often overlook some very simple logic when it comes to their beliefs. For example, a young lady named Ashley told me she attends church and totally believes in “the Book” as she calls the Bible, but then said she never reads it. “When you say you believe in the Bible” I asked, “Do you mean you believe it is true and can be trusted?” She enthusiastically agreed. “And the Bible is filled with references to itself as being the Word of God. So we have two options – this is either true or false, right?” She agreed and continued to affirm her belief in the Bible as God’s word. “So you have the opportunity to read for yourself words that have come directly from God, but you never read the Bible?” She had agreed, feeling a little foolish. I wasn’t trying to make her feel bad, but just to help her see the disconnect between believing in the Bible and never reading it. “Sometimes we get so used to things in our life that we take them for granted and never realize how awesome they really are” I concluded. We went on from there to a good gospel conversation. I believe what engaged her interest was not just my simple logic, but the fact that I used that logic directly in response to her statements about herself, helping her see that what she had been doing was not, in fact, logical. Sharing the Gospel involves the use of logic and reason. When Paul “reasoned” with the Athenians in Acts 17, he did so because Christianity is a reasonable faith, but, all too often, people are not.