I began to explain reasons to accept the Bible, as a carefully conserved record, rooted in history, accurate in the historical facts contained in it, and then moved to why I believe you can trust its words, and that those words point to Jesus being the Son of God, and the eye-witness testimony contained in the Gospels to an empty tomb.
If we really are called to be “little Christs,” (that IS what Christian means) then we should use Jesus as the example. #1. He studied scripture and understood it, #2. He studied the laws, and could win debates against the best lawyers of his day (that is beyond the study of the Pentateuch) and #3. He never, ever yelled at those who he wanted to reach.
“Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles ( the Nations). He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads justice to victory.” (Matt. 12:18-20, cf. Isaiah 42: 1-3 NASB)
When you really study the Gospels, you will see that the only time Jesus was known to holler at people, was in the Temple, and that was aimed at the religious officials of the day; those same officials who were stumbling blocks, walls and blind guides to those who were hungry for knowledge of God.
As a biblical apologist, I found this attempt at ridiculing and brow-beating kids to win converts, nauseating. It gives me pain in my heart and weeks and weeks of mop-up work to mend the damage done.
These are my friends and classmates, these are the professors who are my friends as well, and this group is giving them another reason to not listen to me, to ridicule me and to make Christianity a dead option.
None of the legitimate apologetics ministries like
And neither should you, R.C.