I’ll be as gentle with this as I can, Nolan. It appears you judged the proverbial book by the cover and simply read the title of this article without actually reading it. So a few things you should know:
- I already believe the Bible is real. I’m a licensed pastor who’s been through his fair share of systematic theology and hermeneutics. There’s also tons of empirical and scientific proof beginning with the Dead Sea Scrolls that were written well before Jesus and prophesy of his coming. In effect, you’re trying to convince a fellow believer of something he already believes.
- This essay—in particular—is on how today’s Christian looks very little like Jesus or and how they refuse to follow key biblical commandments. I point to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. So again, not sure what you’re trying to convince me of when I pointed out biblical passages.
- I’ve written several articles on Christianity and the problems that have seeped into Western culture. They are a call to return to our roots (much like the Book of Acts). Here’s a few. While the titles are provocative, and appear to slam Christianity I can assure you they do not:
Why I’m a Christian (And Continue to Suck at Being One)
I finally left Christianity when I learned my pastor was banging his secretary and stealing money.
Let’s Stop Pretending Christianity is Actually Relevant, Okay?
It’s quite strange to expect people to conform to your morals because you quoted a book they don’t read
Medal of Honor: A Good Friday Reflection
I had the honor of meeting a Medal of Honor recipient years ago. I was on a flight to Ft. Bragg, NC, preparing to…
All this is to say that in the words of our brother James, it would be best if you were a little more “slow to speak, and quick to listen.” You’ll do far more good for the kingdom by listening to people’s doubts and hurts, than trying to prove the bible is real to non-believers (and fellow believers). As my friend Hugh Halter likes to say:
If you become of friend of someone, you’ll know their true story, and if you know their true story, you’ll understand their sin, and when you understand their sin, you’ll know how to pray, and when you know how to pray, God will show you your own sin and how to love, and when you love, and keep loving, and keep loving, they will want to know what you think, and then you will speak truth, and they will want to hear, and they will want to know your God, and God will change their heart, and then He will help them change the way they live.