My young friend’s thoughts were eloquent, typical and certainly not Christian. He seems to distrust scripture. What could be said that might provide him the opportunity to reconsider?
I have decided to share with him some perspective pebbles, not full-blown thoughts, but merely some seeds warranting further reflection. The following pebbles are not politically correct, but they just might be more helpful.
To place one’s hope upon what might be possible somehow, instead of going with the evidence, involves evading what is most likely true. For example, to conclude that there is a natural explanation for 100,000 quarters stacked on a table in groups of 100 entails running away from the evidence that an intelligent being was somehow involved.
Now consider that the evidence from biology and physics suggests that the attempt to account for our existence based upon naturalistic forces represents tackling a problem many magnitudes more improbable than 100,000 quarters all face up on a table in stacks of 100. To place one’s hope upon what might be possible somehow through nature instead of going with the evidence involves evading what is most likely true.
The track record for naturalistic imagination is not sterling. As we learn more, we discover that earlier appeals for us to imagine how a naturalistic process could have created the desired results were simplistic and depended upon our ignorance to make plausible an impossible path.
To start with an attitude that values as superior inclusive religions over exclusive ones is meaningful only if God does not exist. For if God exists and has communicated to us, our personal perspectives about spirituality become irrelevant. What would matter is whether God endorses all religions or only one spiritual path.
Given the opportunity, Jesus himself would condemn segments of Christendom’s history. If this is true, then an accurate evaluation of Christianity starts with examining Christ’s life and his teachings, not Christendom.
If the Bible shows itself credible, we must deal with whether Jesus’ claims are true or false based upon more than what we might like to be true. Some of Jesus’ teachings are appealing, “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Others are more stark, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
What nuggets of thought might we need to bolster our faith and service? What pebbles dropped in the pond of a friend’s life might provide ripples leading to life?