By Amanda Farbstein
April 20, 2020
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One thing I love about Jesus is that instead of proving His divinity or goodness by passing the test of those questioning him, He spins the question around, tells a parable, or thwarts expectation in a stunning way, putting the asker in the hot seat. God isn’t meant to pass our test. We’re meant to reconsider what the test is. And remember we are subject to God, not vice versa.
Jesus perceives the heart of those asking the questions and invites or challenges them to consider their own premises and motivations. His aim isn’t to humiliate. He longs that all should come to a saving knowledge of Himself and knows that prompting the questioners to self-reflection aids that process.
We need to be keener on asking questions than forcing answers. Jesus’ response reveals that we don’t need to prove faith’s veracity and defend its morality from every angle. Helping people see the intellectual plausibility of faith and elucidating its moral goodness can help those genuinely seeking to know God. Apologetics can remove obstacles to earnest seekers of faith. But we cannot argue people into the kingdom. Sometimes those questioning are only bent on discrediting the faith, not seeking clarity.
John Lennox, internationally renowned mathematician, philosopher of science, and apologist, has dialogued with many of the world’s most famous atheists. He reports that all of their stories into atheism were triggered by personal wounds related to Christianity.
What people need is to be known and to consider their own stories, assumptions, and worldviews. Those challenging our stories and faith are in need of being seen.
Not one of all the Lord's good promises to the house of
Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
— Joshua 21:45