It can be tricky to share your faith in today’s culture. Skepticism is high. Criticism is high. Doubt is high. Everyone is an expert yet few actually know how to defend what they think or believe. Most of us stand on a worldview that’s informed primarily from what we hear, not what we have researched and done our homework on. We read snippets in articles that are almost all biased and we form opinions and call them facts and base our worldview on them.
Most of us are uncomfortable sharing our faith because we know we stand on shaky ground. Very few us know how to defend our faith from even the simplest argument. Someone asks us how a loving God can allow the violence we see on the news and we fall apart. We don’t have an answer. Our answer is to keep our mouth shut so we can never be challenged. Instead of doing the work to secure our footing and ensure we stand on the firm foundation of the Word of God, we choose apathy and obscurity.
Not only should we be able to refute legitimate challenges to our faith, but we should know when someone is making statements that just aren’t true. More than once I’ve heard, “There are multiple contradictions in the Bible.” I’ve also heard, “The Bible we read today is nothing like the original.” Not only should we know statements like these are false, we should know how to answer those statements and answer the questions that come with them.
Sometimes we think faith and logic cannot coincide. That is certainly not the case. None of the claims of Jesus, or of the Bible, have EVER been proven to be false. Never has there been found a contradiction in the Word of God. The world attempts to convince us that faith is in direct conflict with science in reason. Quite the opposite is true. Science and reason have only ever further proved the truths of the Word of God.
We should know what we believe and why we believe it. We should live knowing we stand on a firm foundation. We should do this, not so that we can feel intellectually superior to naysayers, but so we can love them and help them see the truth. Faith is not denying facts and logic. It is believing God is the creator that is evident in all creation.
“11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” – Hebrews 11:1–3 (ESV)