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Reason

Is the Christian’s faith blind? Is it a faith without reason? Some, even Christians, would answer, “Yes.” For example, the young college student who, after a presentation on the reasons for our faith, said to the speaker, “Why are you trying to prove Christianity?  We just need to love one another!”   What about it? The Lord said in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together…”

  1. YOU ARE TO DEFEND THE FAITH AND LOVE OTHERS.  We ought to show people why Christianity is true and love them as well.   The two are not mutually exclusive but complementary. In fact, the Bible tells us to do both.

  2. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO DEFEND THE FAITH.  I Peter 3:15 states, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”  We are commanded to know what we believe and why we believe it.   II Corinthians 10:5 states, Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 

  3. REASON WORKS. While some people believe without knowing why, others need evidence before they can believe.  Acts 18:4, “And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”

  4. IT PREPARES YOU TO BE A BETTER AMBASSADOR.  Even if you don’t sense a need for evidence for your own edification, you may need it to edify others. The Bible says in II Corinthians 5:20, “…we are ambassadors for Christ…” We are called to be God’s ambassadors to minister to others.  That’s one reason why Paul tells us to, “Study to show thyself approved…” (II Timothy 2:15).

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