Trying to make a point only to make it worse.
Recently I was reading one of those forwarded emails claiming to be from a commentary given by Ben Stein. As is my typical reaction I take the things with a grain of salt, so I decided to jump over to Snopes.com and see if it was actually from Mr. Stein, because simply put it just didn’t sound like something he would say. Well sure enough only a portion was from big Ben, and the whole exaggerating stuff, especially in regards to statements regarding religion, in this case religious freedom, makes me wonder what part of not beavering false witness do these folks not get? However that aside the following line appeared in the article, “funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says “. Contrast that with the following quote attributed to George Carlin, ” people will believe in this man in the sky without a second thought, but put up a sign that says wet paint and they have to stick their finger in it”
Now both of these statements are at least partially false. We now all to well that people like Rush, Hannity, and others question what the papers say all the time. Likewise men like C. S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, & Ravi Zacharis have questioned and looked for Biblical truth.
Shouldn’t all of those who dare to call themselves Christians be questioning what they believe? Notice I didn’t say doubt, but question.
Question to understand
If R.C. Sproul is right that showing the existance of God & the truth of the Bible is 90% of the battle, then shouldn’t you and I be constantly asking the tough questions? Shouldn’t we be ready when a non-Christian & and especially when an Anti-Christian questions our beliefs? If you are a Christian you are directly told to “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with gentleness, and fear”. – 1Peter 3:15
So maybe faith and belief isn’t a lack of questioning? Maybe faith should come because of having asked the hard questions, going deeper than anybody else. Perhaps when doubt comes in, asking harded, deeper, & tougher questions than anybody else, is what I should be doing. If you and I ask the really hard questions of ourselves, then we won’t be surprised by anything that anybody else can throw at us.
Have you been lied to by someone just trying to help? Should we tolerate this kind of imbelishment? How would you deal with Freinds and fellow Christians who lie to make a point?