A Conversation Between an Agnostic and a Christian

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<ul><li><p>A ConversationBetween an Agnostic and a Christian</p></li><li><p>The Traditional ApologeticKnow what you believeKnow why you believe itStudy other belief systemsMemorize how to refute themLook for a victimWait for a triggerPounce!</p></li><li><p>An ExampleHeres a dialog like many you may have had, trying to defend your faith with a typical unbelieverIt rarely (if ever) worksIt often ends up in an argumentThe Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, (2Ti 2:24-25 NASB)It is frustratingYou often feel that somehow you could have done better, had a better answers, etc.</p></li><li><p>A Better Way.Conversational ApologeticsBe At Ease (relax)Be Patient (if they are Christs own, they arent going anywhere until they are saved)Be a good listenerBe a friendBut challenge when you need toBe ready! (always!)</p></li><li><p>Conversational ApologeticsOpen QuestionsTo understand and know themPointed QuestionsTo remove the roof of their irrational assumptionsExplain the GospelOnly when askedNurture The RelationshipHelp unbelievers grow towards ChristHelp believers to grow IN Christ</p></li><li><p>Open QuestionsWhat do you think?What do you believe?What do you mean?How does that work?Why does that bother you?Why do you say that?</p></li><li><p>Pointed QuestionsHow did you reach that conclusion?How do you know thats true?How does that work?What is the source of your information?What if youre wrong?</p></li><li><p>Explain the GospelWay of the MasterDiscipleship EvangelismThe Romans RoadYour testimony</p><p>.BUT.</p></li><li><p>Only When Asked!There are two principles of apologetics taught in 1 Peter 3:15Share the Gospel when askedIf they ask you, you have permission to say anything you want!Be ready with an answerThey may ask you some pointed questionsStudy (Nothing comes from nothing)Thats a great question. Let me get back to you on that.</p></li><li><p>Nurture the RelationshipIf they become a Christian.Disciple themGet them in a good churchHelp them study the BiblePray for themIf they remain an unbelieverStay on friendly termsIts never too late!</p></li><li><p>Another ExampleLets go back through the previous example and see if we can come up with some questions that might get the conversation moving in a more positive direction</p></li><li><p>How Would You Respond?Have you heard about that court case in where it is? Kentucky? I cant believe that in the 21st Century, were STILL arguing about teaching Creationism in a Science class! Its ridiculous! Religion and Science are two different things.</p></li><li><p>Typical ResponseActually, theres a lot of scientific evidence that God created the universe. </p></li><li><p>How Would You Respond?Oh, no! Youre not a fundamentalist Christian are you? </p></li><li><p>Typical ResponseWell, as a matter of fact, I am. But you know, theres a lot of evidence that God created the universe.</p></li><li><p>How Would You Respond?Evidence? Im talking SCIENTIFIC evidence. You know, something that you can prove.</p></li><li><p>Typical ResponseOh, you mean SCIENTIFIC, like THEORY of evolution?</p></li><li><p>How Would You Respond?Yes, exactly. Like the THEORY of Gravity! We may not know all the details of how gravity works, but we know THAT it works. We can prove it. And the same is true of evolution.</p></li><li><p>Typical ResponseActually, a lot of scientists are beginning to doubt whether evolution can be proven. They think that an objective review of the evidence leads away from evolution and towards intelligent design.</p></li><li><p>How Would You Respond?A lot MORE scientists still believe the evidence proves evolution, and a handful of Christians who happen to have degrees in the sciences and are letting their faith overcome their reason can not prove otherwise.</p></li><li><p>Typical ResponseId say its the secular scientists that are letting THEIR faith overcome their reason. Take a look at the cell. Back in Darwins day, he could assume that the cell evolved from non-living material because he thought the cell was pretty simple. I remember reading in science textbooks how the building blocks of life naturally evolved into SIMPLE, single-celled organisms. But modern microbiology has overturned the myth of the simple cell. The cell is actually a complex biochemical factory with thousands of interdependent elements. All of those elements had to be there AT THE SAME TIME for the cell to function. For it to live. Modern scientists who step back for a minute and consider the amazing complexity of the cell realize that it is far too complex to have evolved. They compare it to other complex systems we find in the world, all of which were designed by an intelligent designer for a specific purpose, and conclude quite scientifically that the cell must have been designed by an intelligent designer, too: God!</p></li><li><p>How Would You Respond?Wow. Thats a big leap youre making, there. Just because we dont understand all the complexities of how the cell evolved, that doesnt mean we can just arbitrarily say some supernatural creator made it. Science is continually refining itself as new information becomes available. Back when they thought the sun revolved around the earth, there was evidence that it really didnt happen that way. But they didnt conclude that God was magically moving the planets they just refined their explanation to account for the evidence that the earth really goes around the sun. </p></li><li><p>Typical ResponseBut thats exactly what Im talking about refining the explanation. If evolution cant account for the origin of complex cells and intelligent design can, shouldnt we refine our explanation for the origin of the cell?</p></li><li><p>How Would You RespondWell, maybe we should but we dont have to resort to mythology to do it! Look, if you want to believe in God, fine. Ill stick with science. When science proves God exists, Ill believe in God. The cell may be complex beyond belief, but that doesnt PROVE God exists it just proves we dont know everything at this point.</p></li></ul>