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The Terrorist Who Came in from the Cold (Part 4)

This is the conclusion of an apologetic series intended to confront secular unbelievers with the bankruptcy of their worldviews, based on my 2019 Easter sermon. In the first installment, we discussed what faith is and what it isn’t, and challenged readers to consider the evidence for placing allegiance and trust in Jesus based on a comparison of worldviews. In the second and third articles, we compared and contrasted the secular and Christian worldviews.

In this last article, we ask secular unbelievers to consider what their worldview is actually based on – blind faith or evidence?

What’s your faith based on?

You don’t understand how your phone works. You know you don’t understand it. You tap the glass, access several different screens, tap the glass a certain way again, and you can have anything you want shipped to your house in a few days.

You can’t explain everything about why or how it works, but you have evidence that it does work – and that’s good enough for you. I challenge you today to do the same with your worldview; with your filter and translator for reality:

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The Terrorist Who Came in from the Cold (Part 3)

In the last two installments, we defined what “faith” is and what it isn’t. We then looked at the concept of worldview and considered the practical implications of the secularist worldview – which are dark and hopeless. In this installment, we contrast that dark future with the glorious hope the Christian faith and message offers. The goal is to compare and contrast the functional implications of the secular and Christian worldviews; how well do they each answer the “big questions” of life?

Just as we did with the secularist perspective, here is how the Christian message answers those “big questions” of life:

Where did you come from and why are you here?

The Scriptures say the triune God made the world and everything in it. He made everything good and great, and designed it to function properly – including you. You know this from experience; you know intelligent design when you see it. Your phone didn’t evolve into being over thousands of years, and suddenly give you the ability to tap on its glass screen and order espresso beans from Italy!

Because God made this world, that means He’s in charge of this world – including you. That means you aren’t your own; your life, your body and your soul are under authority just like your own children are born under your authority.

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The Terrorist Who Came in from the Cold (Part 2)

This is a serialized adaptation of my Easter sermon in article form. This isn’t a traditional Easter message. Instead of simply presenting the resurrection, I challenge visitors to think about the bankruptcy of their secular worldviews, as compared to the Christian faith and message. This appeal culminates in a brief explanation of the resurrection, its place in the Christian story, and an appeal to “come in from the cold” (so to speak) and join God’s family.1  

We finished the first installment by asking you to consider the kind of evidence you rely on in everyday life. You don’t require absolute certainty and exhaustive knowledge for everything in your life. For example, you don’t know precisely how your phone works, but you know it does work, and that’s good enough for you to trust it. There is plenty of this kind of evidence for the Christian faith and message; more specifically, for the Christian way of looking at and interpreting reality. There’s more evidence for the Christian worldview than any alternative.

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The Terrorist Who Came in from the Cold (Part 1)

This is a serialized adaptation of my forthcoming Easter sermon in article form. This isn’t a traditional Easter message. Instead of simply presenting the resurrection, I challenge visitors to think about the bankruptcy of their secular worldviews, as compared to the Christian faith and message. This appeal culminates in a brief explanation of the resurrection, its place in the Christian story, and an appeal to “come in from the cold” (so to speak) and join God’s family.1  

When Jesus commands people to “repent and believe the Gospel,” what does He mean by that? What does it mean to “believe?” What does it mean to “have faith?”

Bad distortions

There are many distortions of what “faith” and “belief” are, in a Christian context. One is that “faith” is just blind faith opposed to evidence, even if it exists! Another is that “faith” is a “leap in the dark” based on no evidence at all, like one the learned Professor Henry Jones was obligated to take to save his father’s life. There are others, but these are the two I want to focus on, because they’re the most common.

Where do these wrong ideas of “faith” or “belief” come from? Some are pushed by Christians, in a well-meaning but terribly wrong way. Others are pushed by secular humanist evangelists, like Richard Dawkins. Whoever is pushing them, these distortions have nothing to do with what the Scriptures say “faith” or “belief” is, which is trust and allegiance based on evidence.

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