Yesterday, I was driving in the car with my fiancé, Brittany, and I said, “You know, sometimes I have thoughts cross my mind where I think, ‘Do I really believe all of this stuff about God?’” I went on to explain that sometimes it can seem far-fetched to me, and I attempt to reason through some of the physics and science of it all. I am obviously still a Christian, so it doesn’t shake my faith from me, but I admit that sometimes I get confused when I look at logistics and God together.
She told me that she doesn’t need the science of it all to know it’s real. She said that she remembers when she was hurting, lost, and scared and how she’s made it through the hardest times in her life. That’s her evidence. It’s not a matter of science; it’s a matter of her testimony.
If she would have had a microphone, she could have dropped it and jumped out of the car. That was a pretty amazing answer.
There’s a verse I’ve heard used a lot in the Christian world and I’m not sure I agree with the context of how it usually is presented.
1 Peter 3:15
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
Usually when I hear this verse, it’s explained by saying, “Study up on your apologetics and know your facts about the Bible,” which I’m not against at all. We should study and search the Scriptures and learn about the context and settings. But to me, this verse isn’t just saying to be ready to prove someone wrong in a facts argument. It is saying to be ready to give your personal testimony about why you believe what you believe.
Surely facts come into play, and if you believe Jesus is who He says He is, then you probably should know about the prophecies that came before Him and other arguments in defense of a Creator God. But I can’t remember a verse where Jesus said, “Verily I say unto thee, ye must gather the facts and preparest to stick it to them upon every chance ye get.” I think we need to be prepared to give an answer on why any of it matters to our own lives.
Here’s how I see it: as Christians we had better just get used to losing some arguments (or having people at least presume that we lost). If someone doesn’t want to believe something, they just won’t. There’s nothing we can do to change their minds. Some people are incapable of agreeing to disagree, because they can’t agree on anything. You’ll mostly find them on commenting on YouTube and Reddit. But thankfully, I don’t think God is as insecure as we sometimes make him out to be. He’s stronger than anyone’s argument.
Recently I was praying, “Jesus, I’m not setting out to be super profound or a scholar or brilliant theologian. I just want to give people hope and point them to You. And it’s hard to watch people not come to know You like I have.”
I felt like Jesus told me, “How do you think I felt?” (I like Jesus because He talks to me like we’re sitting and having coffee together.) I mean Jesus could have pulled off any sign He wanted to. But He didn’t. To be honest, I still to this day don’t fully understand why He doesn’t send fire and massive signs from Heaven. But I guess it’s because the aspect of faith is that important.
As Christians we should whole-heartedly study and search out why we say we believe what we believe. Let’s be consistent and unified in our theology, but we each have our own unique testimonies and experiences. Let those be spoken just as loudly.