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Title: A Conversation

A Conversation
  • Between an Agnostic and a Christian

The Traditional Apologetic
  • Know what you believe
  • Know why you believe it
  • Study other belief systems
  • Memorize how to refute them
  • Look for a victim
  • Wait for a trigger
  • Pounce!

An Example
  • Heres a dialog like many you may have had,
    trying to defend your faith with a typical
  • It rarely (if ever) works
  • It often ends up in an argument
  • The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome,
    but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when
    wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are
    in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them
    repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
    (2Ti 224-25 NASB)
  • It is frustrating
  • You often feel that somehow you could have done
    better, had a better answers, etc.

A Better Way….
  • Conversational Apologetics
  • Be At Ease (relax)
  • Be Patient (if they are Christs own, they arent
    going anywhere until they are saved)
  • Be a good listener
  • Be a friend
  • But challenge when you need to
  • Be ready! (always!)

Conversational Apologetics
  • Open Questions
  • To understand and know them
  • Pointed Questions
  • To remove the roof of their irrational
  • Explain the Gospel
  • Only when asked
  • Nurture The Relationship
  • Help unbelievers grow towards Christ
  • Help believers to grow IN Christ

Open Questions
  • What do you think?
  • What do you believe?
  • What do you mean?
  • How does that work?
  • Why does that bother you?
  • Why do you say that?

Pointed Questions
  • How did you reach that conclusion?
  • How do you know thats true?
  • How does that work?
  • What is the source of your information?
  • What if youre wrong?

Explain the Gospel
  • Way of the Master
  • Discipleship Evangelism
  • The Romans Road
  • Your testimony
  • ….BUT….

Only When Asked!
  • There are two principles of apologetics taught in
    1 Peter 315
  • Share the Gospel when asked
  • If they ask you, you have permission to say
    anything you want!
  • Be ready with an answer
  • They may ask you some pointed questions
  • Study (Nothing comes from nothing)
  • Thats a great question. Let me get back to you
    on that.

Nurture the Relationship
  • If they become a Christian….
  • Disciple them
  • Get them in a good church
  • Help them study the Bible
  • Pray for them
  • If they remain an unbeliever…
  • Stay on friendly terms
  • Its never too late!

Another Example
  • Lets go back through the previous example and
    see if we can come up with some questions that
    might get the conversation moving in a more
    positive direction…

How Would You Respond?
  • Have you heard about that court case in where
    it is? Kentucky? I cant believe that in the
    21st Century, were STILL arguing about teaching
    Creationism in a Science class! Its ridiculous!
    Religion and Science are two different things.

Typical Response
  • Actually, theres a lot of scientific evidence
    that God created the universe.

How Would You Respond?
  • Oh, no! Youre not a fundamentalist Christian
    are you?

Typical Response
  • Well, as a matter of fact, I am. But you know,
    theres a lot of evidence that God created the

How Would You Respond?
  • Evidence? Im talking SCIENTIFIC evidence. You
    know, something that you can prove.

Typical Response
  • Oh, you mean SCIENTIFIC, like THEORY of evolution?

How Would You Respond?
  • Yes, exactly. Like the THEORY of Gravity! We
    may not know all the details of how gravity
    works, but we know THAT it works. We can prove
    it. And the same is true of evolution.

Typical Response
  • Actually, a lot of scientists are beginning to
    doubt whether evolution can be proven. They
    think that an objective review of the evidence
    leads away from evolution and towards intelligent

How Would You Respond?
  • A lot MORE scientists still believe the evidence
    proves evolution, and a handful of Christians who
    happen to have degrees in the sciences and are
    letting their faith overcome their reason can not
    prove otherwise.

Typical Response
  • Id say its the secular scientists that are
    letting THEIR faith overcome their reason. Take
    a look at the cell. Back in Darwins day, he
    could assume that the cell evolved from
    non-living material because he thought the cell
    was pretty simple. I remember reading in science
    textbooks how the building blocks of life
    naturally evolved into SIMPLE, single-celled
    organisms. But modern microbiology has
    overturned the myth of the simple cell. The cell
    is actually a complex biochemical factory with
    thousands of interdependent elements. All of
    those elements had to be there AT THE SAME TIME
    for the cell to function. For it to live.
    Modern scientists who step back for a minute and
    consider the amazing complexity of the cell
    realize that it is far too complex to have
    evolved. They compare it to other complex
    systems we find in the world, all of which were
    designed by an intelligent designer for a
    specific purpose, and conclude quite
    scientifically that the cell must have been
    designed by an intelligent designer, too God!

How Would You Respond?
  • Wow. Thats a big leap youre making, there.
    Just because we dont understand all the
    complexities of how the cell evolved, that
    doesnt mean we can just arbitrarily say some
    supernatural creator made it. Science is
    continually refining itself as new information
    becomes available. Back when they thought the
    sun revolved around the earth, there was evidence
    that it really didnt happen that way. But they
    didnt conclude that God was magically moving the
    planets they just refined their explanation to
    account for the evidence that the earth really
    goes around the sun.

Typical Response
  • But thats exactly what Im talking about
    refining the explanation. If evolution cant
    account for the origin of complex cells and
    intelligent design can, shouldnt we refine our
    explanation for the origin of the cell?

How Would You Respond
  • Well, maybe we should but we dont have to
    resort to mythology to do it! Look, if you want
    to believe in God, fine. Ill stick with
    science. When science proves God exists, Ill
    believe in God. The cell may be complex beyond
    belief, but that doesnt PROVE God exists it
    just proves we dont know everything at this
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