“The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle on to the Enemy’s own ground…By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reason: and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?“
–C.S. Lewis (the Screwtape letters)
3 types of Christians
- Those that have had doubts in the past
- Those that currently have doubts
- Those that don’t think
“Within me, the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of a man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy.”
24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe. 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you. 27 Then he said to Thomas, Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe. 28 Thomas answered him, My Lord and my God! 29 Jesus said to him, Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
Doubt your doubts.
31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and by believing you may have life in his name.
1. The fact that materialism doesn’t satisfy:
“Our dissatisfaction with time argues for the fact that we were created for eternity: Do fish complain of the sea for being wet? Or, if they did, would not that fact strongly suggest that they had not been, or were not destined to be aquatic creatures? We long to step out of the sea of time onto the land of eternity!” … If I find in myself a desire which nothing in this world can satisfy, the best argument is that I was created for another world.”
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
2. The problem of “human rights” in an accidental universe:
My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of “just” and “unjust”? . . . What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? . . . But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too – for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies . . . Consequently, atheism turns out to be too simple.
-C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
3. The power of love and beauty
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
4. The persistence of Christianity
5. The question of the origin of the universe
In God Delusion, Dawkins says… “Darwin’s theory works for biology, but not for cosmology.” “But don’t worry. We’ll figure it out eventually.”
6. The prophecies of the Old Testament:
25% 300 of them
That He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
That he could a descendant of the tribe of Judah and the family of David (2 Samuel 7:13–14)
That he would be immediately preceded by John the Baptist (Malachi 3:1)
That he would be Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver and that that silver would be used to purchase a potter’s field (Zechariah 11:13)
That he would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10).
The odds of all the specific prophecies of the OT randomly coalescing on Jesus Christ is 1×10157
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7. The historical evidence for the resurrection
“Christianity achieved what it did… because Jesus rose from the dead.”
8. The completely unique message of Christianity
Every other religion in the world teaches: “I obey, therefore I am accepted.” Jesus taught, “I am accepted, therefore I obey.”
9. Jesus’ personal claims about Himself:
Jesus is either a LIAR, LUNITIC, or he is LORD.
What to do with your Doubts:
- Doubt your Doubts and put confidence in Jesus.
- Temporarily suspend judgment.
- Keep pressing and trusting.
- Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis
- What do I do with my Doubts? Sermon by David Bisgrove at Redeemer Presbyterian NYC
- Seven Reason Why You Can Trust the Bible – Erwin Lutzer
- Christ the Lord – Anne Rice
- Coming to Peace with Science – Darrell Falk and Frances Collins
- The Soul of Science – Nancy Pearcey, Charles Thaxton, and Marvin Olasky
- Total Truth – Nancy Pearcey
- The Reason for God – Tim Keller
- The Case for a Creator – Lee Strobel