Answering Unbeliever’s Questions

As a Testimony Against Them

Q.   An apostate Christian asked me why is an omnipotent god so silent?  He has asked for a sign and has not received an answer.  He has read the Bible and does not believe what it says and tells me that I should not use the Bible to prove the Bible.  He does not want to listen to me when I use secular history to prove the reality of Jesus and all the prophecies in the Bible.   He is too stubborn and lazy to do research on them.  I want to tell him not to challenge God’s power.  People have seen God’s signs only when they have life threatening dangers.  It is God’s grace that nothing has happened to him yet. He denies that his unbelief is from a tragedy in his life.  He is disenchanted by the Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh day Adventist and Muslims.  He is too lazy to find out the differences between these religions and real Christianity.  He does not want to listen to me. What should I do?

  1. Let me give you some principles to guide your action. First, the responsibility of a watchman in the OT:
  • Ezk 3:17-19  “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.

God’s instructions to Ezekiel are repeated in Ezk 33:1-9 to “the sons of your people” (33:2) i.e. Israelites in general, not just Ezekiel in particular. The responsibility of the watchman is to warn the wicked. They are not responsible for the result, whether the wicked listens and repents, or refuses to listen and keeps on sinning. The same applies to Christian witnesses.

Second, the responsibility of disciples in the NT:

  • Mt 10:14-15 Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city. See also Mk 6:11; Lk 9:5.

The disciples’ responsibility is to preach the kingdom of heaven. They are not responsible for the reaction of the people, whether they receive them and heed their words, or reject them and their warnings. Again, this applies to Christian witnesses through the ages, not just first century.

Now, some specific comments about your friend.

  • Lk 23:8-9 Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing.

God is not obligated to answer those who ask with sinful intent.

Your friend asks you not to use the Bible to prove the Bible. Presumably he assumes that to be circular logic. Wrong! The Bible is not one book written by one author, but 66 books written by over 40 authors over a span of 1,600 years. So, to use one section of the Bible to prove another section is NOT circular logic. Do lawyers use one section of the law code to argue for another section? Of course they do!

Your friend does not want to listen to proofs from secular history either. Well, if he won’t accept sacred or secular evidence, there is not a third option. Science is no use here as history is beyond the realm of science. Science depends on experiments, observation, and deduction. But you can’t conduct experiments on things in the past, so science is useless here. He has closed his mind to any evidence, and therefore foolish.

He is stubborn and lazy. Unless he changes his attitude, I see no point in trying to convince him with truth and logic. It’s not that there is insufficient evidence. There is a preponderance of evidence, but his mind is blinded:

  • 2 Co 4:3-4  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishingin whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

My suggestion is to pray that his eyes might be opened:

  • Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

Until he humbles himself and asks in sincerity, he won’t be convinced by sheer eloquence. So, don’t waste your time:

  • Mt 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Bid your time. I assume you’ve tried many times already. Move on to somebody else. There are plenty of people who are willing to listen. Return to share with him only when he is ready. He is responsible for his own soul, you’re not. I care about the eternal destiny of sinners, but I refuse to let them waste the limited time available to share with the willing.

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