About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Christians Have Any Answers?
recently listened to Larry King being interviewed by a Canadian talk
show host. Larry was asked
why he didn't believe in the existence of God or in life after death.
Larry didn't have to think long about his answer.
He said that he had interviewed countless Christian leaders over
the years. These
conversations led him to "a no God conclusion."
You might wonder how this can be.
Shouldn’t such conversation lead one to the belief in
God?" Apparently not.
reason why Christians led Larry King away from God was because they
could not answer many of his questions.
In frustration I've watched many Christian leaders being
interviewed by Larry too, and he's right.
It's surprising how many of us
just can't answer the questions the world asks us.
We say, as I've heard on the Larry King show, “I don’t know
the answer. Only God knows.
I just believe.” That's
no answer, and it's very frustrating to the one asking the question.
This lack of any attempt to answer Larry's questions drove him away from
God, and many others have gone the same route.
question concerning our faith in Jesus is important and we should not
shrug it off as being insignificant. We
should attempt to answer the best we can, and if we can't answer the
question we should search the Bible for the answer.
I know some questions are hard to answer.
On the other hand, we don’t give the Bible the credit it
post-modernists, I strongly believe the Bible has answers to our
questions. We’re just not
taking the time or energy to find them. This
is a disservice to Jesus and to those asking the questions.
If we are to go out and preach the gospel and disciple nations,
don’t you think we should be able to answer the questions people ask
us? I sure think so.
ago I remember Andre Crouch singing, “Jesus is the answer for the
world today.” If this is
so, then the Bible has the answers to the questions people are asking.
To avoid questions with the simplistic answer of, “only God
knows, I simply believe,” is not an answer.
think this problem is getting worse among Christians today as
post-modernism infiltrates Christianity.
Our laziness to study to show ourselves approved by God (2
Timothy 2:15) hasn't helped fix this problem.
We need to take Peter’s words seriously when he told us to
always be ready to give an answer to those who ask us why we believe as
we do (1 Peter 3:15). Some
of us might not even know that Peter encouraged us in this matter, but
he did. I think it's time
for us to search the scriptures for the answers to the questions people
are asking us.