Have you ever been confronted by an unbeliever who had some challenging questions for you and you had to defend your Christian faith? Consider what happened to Julie, a 16-year-old Christian sister in Canada, who was in her ethics class. Her teacher made some very biblically incorrect comments about Christians. The teacher said, “Christianity is based on blind faith. Christianity is a laundry list of things to do and not do, meaning that Christians have no freedom or free will. Once you become a Christian, being saved by God’s gift of grace, it does not matter what you do. The New Testament was written long after the events took place and are thus subject to legends being inserted into the text, as well as many mistakes, contradictions, and errors. The Bible has been changed or is otherwise not true to the original manuscripts. The Bible conflicts with science. The Bible promotes slavery. The Bible demeans women. The Bible is simply out of date, and should not be followed. The God of the Bible is immoral.” How would you have reacted?
Julie prayed silently and then raised her hand. The class was almost over, and she knew that she could not address all those false statements about Christianity, the Bible, and God; so, she asked if should give a presentation about her the issues that the teacher had raised. The teacher readily agreed. Throughout the next two months, Julie prepared for the session, using the Bible study tools in her house and some online articles, and, of course, her study Bible.
The day of the presentation came, and Julie felt nervous but well prepared. She not only found rational, reasonable, and logical answers to the issues that were raised in class but also reasons given for the issues by unbelievers, Bible critics, and atheists. Anticipating these, she had ready responses to those as well, as she invited the class and the teacher to ask questions after her presentation. The ethics teacher was very impressed with Julie’s Scriptural answers to the questions he had raised.
The question and answer discussion went on for 40 minutes. Then, Julie asked the class if they would like to watch the movie The Case for Christ; where an investigative journalist, Lee Strobel, who was a self-proclaimed atheist that set out to disprove the existence of God after his wife became a Christian. All the students answered yes. So, the teacher scheduled another session the following day. After the video, Julie explained that many scientists, persons from many other highly educated fields had gone through similar life experiences. The teacher challenged her a little, saying, “yes, but just because some highly educated people accept something as true, this does not mean that it is true.” Julie responded, “Yes, you are right, but it shows that the Christian faith, the Bible, and God are not just accepted by the lowly or uneducated as some people claim. Moreover, it isn’t that these millions of educated people accept Christ, it is the reasons that they gave and have for accepting Christ that is your evidence.”
Turning to Julie, the ethics teacher said, “You really do study the Bible and obviously make every effort to do what it says. For this alone, you deserve to be commended.” The class applauded. The teacher went on to say, “Julie, you have persuaded me to take another look at the Bible and Christianity, a more objective one, where I will give the Christians a hearing ear this time.” Julie explained that “not every Christian study the Bible as in-depth as they should, and many are unable to defend the faith, but this alone does not mean that the faith is not defendable.”
Julie could have played it safe and remained silent. However, because she had a regular, consistent Bible study, seldom missed Christian meetings and found much joy in sharing her faith, she just could not hold herself back from witnessing about her Christian faith. This led to a teacher who was an ardent unbeliever rethinking his position and a class full of students, who now knew there was evidence to support the Bible as being authentic and true, that the idea of a Creator is not unreasonable, and Christianity deserves to be respected and heard. Julie took the initiative to defend her faith when the Bible, God, and Christianity was being challenged. Julie was obeying the Scriptural command, “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15.
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