After a long conversation with a good Christian friend of mine yesterday, it became more apparent that our perception of modern Christianity is one of constant defense and never offense. We are always defending Jesus as our Lord and Savior because of what He has done in our lives but we never have anything else outside of the Bible or our own experience to back it up. Please hear me, what God has done in your life is no small feat and He has exalted His Word above Himself (Psalm 138:2), I am well aware. What I am trying to convey here is that we Christians cannot solely defend our faith by referring to a God that an atheist does not believe in or citing His Word that they believe is bogus. If God has truly created the heavens and the earth and all truth is His truth (1 John 4:6), then surely we must be able to find something outside of His Word to prove the veracity of our God and what He has said. If we cannot find proof for the Bible outside of it, then God has no real application to our lives or nature, rendering Him a false god.
This is why I have come up with five steps I believe every Christian, especially my fellow young ones, should follow in order to be a good attacker and not just defender for Jesus:
1. Know The Word
Do not be surprised if an atheist can quote the Bible better than you can. Plenty of them know the Word better than you do. This does not mean that they have a greater understanding of what the Scripture is really saying, it just means they can trip you up by rebutting your bible verse with another one. Let this motivate you to delve deeper into the Word.
2. Pray For Wisdom
Even though some atheists are really adamant about knowing the rough parts of Scripture (especially Old Testament) you have the upper hand as a Christian: the Holy Spirit. James 1:5 says that if you think you are dumb, no problem, just ask God for wisdom and He will give it to you because He gives without discrimination. I paraphrase, of course.
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