Drinking Deeply

Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 9:08 PM

The Gospel and questions

An excerpt from an email I sent off.

One thing I've learned about answering questions about the Bible, it's origins, how reliable it is, interpreting it, and so on:
The dominating thing to remember through all of this is that ultimately it is God through the Gospel that will grant them life. It will not be how many questions you're able to answer, or even if you can prove God exists or not, but it is simply the Gospel. Paul writes in Romans 1:
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Don't ever be ashamed to share the Gospel. They will always have questions, and even if you can answer them, they can come up with more. Their questions are merely marks of the sinful rebellion (hostile to God) that we ourselves once had. It is only through God's sovereign action upon their hearts that will open them up to know the Lord and honestly seek Him.

I myself have often gotten bogged down in Q&A and stuff like that, it's always a trap.

Don't get me wrong, Christianity has all the answers and non-Christians have none. But it isn't the answers that will convince them, it's God. Pray for them, because ultimately whether or not they become Christian is not up to them, but it's in God's hands. God has mercy on whom He'll have mercy, and He hardens whom He'll harden.

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Blogger Wielding the Sword said...

I just read II Corinthians 3-4 this morning. I love how chapter 4 stresses this:

4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Like you said, the words we say come to nothing unless God opens eyes to the beauty of the gospel. Look what Paul says just two verses after that:

For *GOD*, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for the reminder that we are completely dependent on God and that He alone can lead the lost out of darkness and into His light!  

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