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Do Christians Have Any Answers?


I 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.


The 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.    


Any 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 deserves.  Unlike 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.  


Years 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.    


I 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.      

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