The biggest cause of atheists is…

August 22, 2007 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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This is something that I’ve been hearing a lot about for awhile, and sadly, I’ve seen it happen as well. The biggest producer of atheists and non-believers in the world is….the Christian church. What? How is that possible? The body of Christ is going out there spreading the gospel and telling people the truth about God, about the sacrificial death of Jesus, and about how the only way to heaven is to accept that death for the atonement of our sins!

That may be something the church is doing, and that is what we are supposed to be doing. But, what about when those people we reached out to start coming to church? What about the young people that come with them? Do we really care about them? Do we love them like Christ loves them and us? Or are we just counting the numbers and praising God that we had 10 more people than last week? Are we answering the questions that they have or just preaching at them and hoping that it hits home? 1 Peter 3:15 says that we should “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks us to give an account of the hope that we have in us”. If we can’t answer people’s questions about what we believe, why should they stay?

If we don’t know our God well enough to give a biblically correct answer to the questions that the world has, why should they become Christians? If we can’t answer them, why are we surprised when they turn to Islam, Hinduism, New Age thinking, or atheism? You may be asking, “What questions are being asked and left unanswered?” Well, for one, many of the youth and younger generations are asking how we can trust the bible when it’s “so old”. It’s not enough to tell them that God wrote it, but that’s what we do. That isn’t enough of an answer for anyone much less the youth of today who are bombarded with so much information that is contradictory to the Word of God.

Our kids watch movies, television programs, and sit in classrooms where they are told that we came from ape-like creatures that came from other creatures that all started from a bunch of chemicals that came together all in the right conditions millions of years ago. They hear about Islam and are being told that its history, but when Christianity is mentioned its religion. They are constantly faced with a worldview that is anti-Christian and are shown “examples” and “fact” that refute the Christian position (which is usually a straw man Christian position), and then go to their church leaders and ask questions and don’t get any answers.

The youth want to know why we can trust the bible even though it’s “so old” so why don’t we tell them? Why don’t we tell them that it was written over a period of about 1500 years by more than 40 authors who were kings, peasants, fisherman, poets, tax collectors, shepherds, and military leaders? It was written in different places (Moses wrote in the wilderness, Paul wrote from prison, John wrote while in exile on Patmos, etc), in times of peace and war, in different styles (history, poetry, prophecy), in different moods (sorrow, joy, doubt), on three different continents (Asia, Africa, Europe), in three different languages. It has sold billions of copies in over 2,200 languages (which reach 90% of the world). It has more manuscript evidence to support it than any ten pieces of classical literature combined and has withstood persecution of those who believe in it, as well as criticism of the bible itself. It is filled with completely accurate prophecies that many times were given hundreds of years in advance. It is constantly being supported by history as new archeological discoveries are made. And through all of this, for it’s approximately 1500-year span and it’s more than 40 authors, the message throughout the whole of the bible is the same from Genesis to Revelation. That is why we can trust the Bible. So why can’t we tell people that? Is it because we don’t believe it like we say we do?

Another major question asked by many, both young and old, is “if God is good, then why is there suffering in the world?” This is a question that has been asked even in scripture and will continue to be asked for years to come. But why is the church able to give an answer? There is suffering in the world because of one word: SIN. It was Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden that brought about all of the suffering in the world. Before sin, God said that everything was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). When sin entered into the world, it separated man from God and allowed Satan to gain a foothold in the world. Since that time, the world as we know it has been suffering. Romans 8:22 says that the entire world groans because of sin. God is good and will always be good, but the Bible says that He cannot stand sin. It says that He will judge sin. Sin brings consequences along with it. The bible says that sin is pleasurable for a season, but when it is fully conceived it brings forth death. It is because of sin that the world is in the state that it’s in. These are just a couple of the questions our kids, family, and friends are asking.

 If we don’t have the answers for them, where will they turn? If we don’t give them the truth, where else will they go? There is a study that says that more than 2/3 of our youth will stop attending church by the time they’re 22. Why? Because we don’t really care about their future. We say that we do, but we don’t take the time to make sure that they are taught the truth to the point that their questions are answered and they know why they believe what they believe. The reason for this is because many of us don’t know why we believe what we believe either….

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