While at the Southern Authors Expo event a few weekends ago in Huntsville, I met some pretty amazing people. One gentleman, Robert, had already read my book and was such an encouragement to me and my ministry. We began talking about the role of apologetics in witnessing and evangelism, and I wanted to take a moment to share his story. He was kind enough to write this up for me and was willing to let me post it here. I hope that you find some encouragement from this too!
Evidential apologetics brought me closer to conversion from my atheism. Leibniz’s Contingency argument (God is the best explanation for why there is something rather than nothing), the Moral Argument (God is the best explanation for the existence of objective moral values and duties), The Argument from Suffering and Evil (Christianity is the best explanation for why evil and suffering exist), the objective meaningless and purposelessness of life without God, and the fact that Someone had given me a life that has been truly amazing – that I had received blessings beyond Midas – were all evidential arguments or considerations in favor of God that I found compelling, even just in the intuitive sense.
When my wife and I began homeschooling our children, I found myself surrounded by a different type of Christian than I thought existed: ones who stepped out in faith, made tremendous sacrifices for their children’s education, and took on the culture, which was highly resistant to homeschooling at that time. (Though not as much so as when it was illegal to homeschool in the US.) I remember exactly where I was when I practically shouted “I never knew such people existed – it’s like the Underground!” I am convinced that God used the obedient joy of homeschoolers, in a major way, to bring me to my point of conversion.
Because of the role of evidential apologetics in my conversion and in just being open to the Bible, I believe that the Defend the Faith Ministry of Cathryn Buse is absolutely critical to our churches. We have so many children raised in the Church who are leaving the reasonable faith of Christianity for a mindless, absurdist, blind faith atheism that it is essential to have these kinds of proofs taught in our churches. Everything in the Bible is true, but not everything that is true is in the Bible. All truth is God’s Truth.
In Robert's story it's great to see the love of Christ shown through believers and the intellectual evidence for God's existence both work to bring Robert to his own relationship with Jesus. It is the perfect example of the truth and love that should come forth from Christians. We show Christ's love but we also tell the truth about who He is and what He's done for us. That love is what opened Robert's heart to Christianity but it was the apologetics that opened his mind to believe. Robert is now heavily involved in the pro-life ministry in Huntsville. He has made an impact on many people - including the life of a beautiful little 3-month old baby girl. Robert put his faith in action by witnessing to that baby girl's mother and counseling her to not have an abortion. It's truly amazing to see God's work through changed lives.