Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #50 THE FINAL QUESTION!

This is the final question in this fifty question series – posted one-a-day over the course of the last 50 days. It’s been quite a ride answering the “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer” article. This last question serves as a perfect wrap-up for the series thanks for sticking to the series!

Why have logic if you’re not going to use it?

50 – Why would God give us the capability of logic and reason and expect us not to use it when it comes to belief in him and his word? 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 18:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.

Hopefully, this series of answers has shown that it is possible to use logic and reason in order to defend Christian faith. Rigorous debate on any important topic, whether it be political, philosophical, scientific, moral, or religious, is essential to human progress. For one person to state a case without anyone questioning, examining, or confirming their arguments would allow humanity to be led around by the nose such that progress would be impossible.

For this reason, Christians – who are often intimidated by attacks against their beliefs – can and should interact with these same arguments. If the arguments are sound and undefeatable, Christians must reconsider the beliefs that they hold. If, on the other hand, there are reasonable answers to these questions, the attacker would be hypocritical not to acknowledge these answers and interact with them.

It is easy to tear down a positive belief system and to criticize truth claims. But this is only half of the job. Any person can easily find problems with the government, but this is not greatly helpful if they cannot suggest a superior system of government. Identically, anyone can find problems they have with a particular worldview, but the best argument against a worldview is to suggest a better worldview.

Christianity offers an explanation on the origin, purpose, and destiny of human beings. It offers a sense of hope in the face of death and tragedy, and it creates a system in which human beings have reasons for behaving morally. To yank the rug out from under these believers without giving them some alternative hope, purpose, and morality is ultimately an act of futility. If they believe in error, but the alternative is nihilism, perhaps it is better to let them err. If, on the other hand, there is some system of belief and purpose which is actually true, then it would be far better to teach Christians that which is true rather than to criticize them for being false.

As it is, over the 2000+ years of its history, Christianity has continued to present firm defenses against intellectual attacks. Not every Christian in the pew on Sunday is going to be familiar with these defenses – through no fault of their own – nor is every skeptic going to familiarize themselves with these defenses before they resurrect the same old arguments.

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