How do you explain faith to someone who doesn't 'see it' or 'get it'?

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How do you explain faith to someone who doesn't 'see it' or 'get it'?

Post by NeoJabez » July 3rd, 2017, 3:48 am

How do you explain faith to someone who doesn't 'see it' or 'get it'?

Faith is not difficult to explain. It's actually pretty simple. (It's so simple, even young children have faith.) Here's one way to explain faith: Faith is simply believing something that we don't actually concretely "see." For example, when you get into an airplane, you believe that the engines will hold the plane up in the air. You believe in aerodynamics even though you might not understand them. You might not be aware of Bernoulli's Principle or NASA's "Lift Equation", but you just make an 'educated guess' that the plane will LIKELY go airborne, and land again safely.
The Bernoulli Effect, faith is much simpler.
Or, say, if you send a letter to someone in Switzerland and you've never been there or seen it firsthand, you are believing that there is such a place as Switzerland. But you've never personally seen it. You just believe it because you were told or you read about it in books or saw it on TV. Faith is believing. But the difference with faith in Christ and the Bible is that there are many more reasons to believe the Bible is true than there are for flying in an airplane and believing it will remain airborne. There are more reasons to believe in Jesus as the Son of God than could be contained in a book. So, how do you explain that to someone who doesn't "get it"?
Is this real? Or Hollywood magic? That Matterhorn looks a little TOO perfect!

Let's analyze this just a little further...

Do you believe that movies you've seen that say "Based on a true story" are MOSTLY true?

What if I told you that Hacksaw Ridge is only 51.5% factual? (According to ... 1505114180 - An actual shot-by-shot breakdown of the movie versus the true story.)

There are similar numbers with all sorts of "based on the truth" stories we generally believe when we hear or see them.

We see "reports" all the time on Facebook about a particular celebrity having car trouble in some town or another, and how wonderful the people in the town were, and how said celebrity is considering retiring there. (All of these stories, without fail, so far, have been total fabrications.)
If you went through high school
or a little college, you
probably read Homer or Plato
or Aristotle? Whole movies and
television shows have been
spawned off of JUST ONE
small part of a story told by
Plato, when speaking of

Did you know that
only 7 copies of Plato's actual
works survive?

(Most of what we know of Plato, we know from others.) Did you know that only 49 copies of manuscripts ascribed to Aristotle survive? Or that only 643 copies of Homer's "The Iliad" remain? We study Homer nowadays as if it were ancient gospel, and like we had every single bit of his works, which we, decidedly, do not.

The New Testament though...There are 5600 Greek copies, and over 19,000 copies in Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic.

We don't just have faith in what we believe, we have overwhelming evidence.

The Bible has stated for centuries that there was a city in Mesopotamia called "Ur", and that Abraham was from there. He left Ur in Sumeria (which is now modern day Iraq), to travel to Canaan.

People without faith in anything but history and science obviously disagreed. Until Ur was unearthed and excavated exactly where the Bible said it was, back in 1922.

Have you ever seen Wifi? You have felt it's effects though, yes? Have you ever held an idea or an emotion in your hand? Despite being intangible, they exist, do they not? Numbers and math are honestly, a bit of an abstract concept, a measurement of the mind. But they exist, don't they? I can count the people in a room, can't I?

So, if we believe in these intangibles...and we have evidence and a basis of belief for God, and plenty of documented evidence explaining His nature, and His thoughts...And even some physical evidence that His Word rings true...It isn't all that big a step to have faith.

Faith is knowing, despite others opinions, your belief is fact.
Faith is believing, even when there's not sufficient evidence for empirical proof.
Faith is bowing to God in submission, and being humble enough to say "I don't know everything."
Faith is complete foolishness and idiocy to those who do not view it through the lens of the Holy Spirit.

It's quite simple, really.

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Re: How do you explain faith to someone who doesn't 'see it' or 'get it'?

Post by Crosser » July 3rd, 2017, 9:29 am

Something to consider when discussing Faith and Christian Apologetics with unbelievers.

"At the same time, however, this view reminds us that unbelief is at root a spiritual, not an intellectual, problem. Sometimes an unbeliever will throw up an intellectual smoke screen so that he can avoid personal, existential involvement with the gospel. In such a case, further argumentation may be futile and counterproductive, and we need to be sensitive to moments when apologetics is and is not appropriate. If we sense the unbeliever’s arguments and questions are not sincere, we may do better to simply break off the discussion and ask him, “If I answered that objection, would you then really be ready to become a Christian?” Tell him lovingly and forthrightly that you think he’s throwing up an intellectual smoke screen to keep from confronting the real issue: his sin before God.

Apologetics is thus most appropriate and effective when the unbeliever is spiritually open and sincerely seeking to know the truth.

That leads to a final point. Many times a person will say, “That argument wasn’t effective because the unbeliever I shared it with wasn’t convinced.” Here we have to be very careful. In the first place, don’t expect an unbeliever to just roll over and play dead the minute he hears your apologetic argument. Of course, he’s going to disagree! Think of what’s at stake for him! You need to be prepared to listen carefully to his objections and questions, to engage him in dialogue, and to continue the conversation as long as is profitable. Effectiveness in using apologetics in evangelism requires study, practice, and revision in light of experience, not just pat answers. Second, remember that being “convincing” is person-relative. Some people will simply refuse to be convinced. Hence, an argument cannot be said to be ineffective because some people remain unconvinced by it. When one reflects on the fact that “the gate is narrow, and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt. 7:14 rsv), it should not surprise us if most people find our apologetic unconvincing. But that does not mean that our apologetic is ineffective; it may only mean that many people are closed-minded.

What we need to develop is an apologetic that is both cogent and persuasive to as many people as possible. But we mustn’t be discouraged and think that our apologetic is ineffective if many or even most people find our arguments unconvincing. Success in evangelism is simply communicating Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. Similarly, effectiveness in apologetics is presenting cogent and persuasive arguments for the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God."

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