Overcoming the Obstacles of Faith
A follower of Jesus Christ believes that God exists and Scripture is valid. When one accepts by faith the gift of grace through faith and reasoning, the mind is transformed to a different world view with an understanding of the effects of sin’s nature on all of mankind. We were once blinded because of our own sin and separated by the carnal nature that is in us. No one can truly understand or even be capable of understanding the truth of Jesus Christ until He draws you to Himself.
A follower of Jesus Christ cannot provide proof of God's existence, only God can prove Himself to that person. From that point, there is a choice to accept the grace of God through Jesus Christ, which brings redemption and a transformed mindset. Until this miracle happens, the authority of Scripture will be irrelevant and foolish to the skeptic, or unbeliever. Even so, there is still hope, and one should not cut off dialogue or communication, but in faith allow God to work His love through us to the lost.
The Scriptural evidence of faith and grace also strengthen those who walk in and walk it out in their lives by being an example of encouragement to their brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as to the unbeliever. The skeptic will often challenge the subjectivity of the follower of Christ’s faith and want evidence by putting the “burden of proof” on the believer. Since Jesus Christ addressed the skeptics, they also need to hear from us via the Holy Spirit something that is reasonable, intelligible, and tries to answer sincere questions that are honest and truthful in order to bring about faith.
When one strays too far one way in their subjective, or evidential approach, it confines to one end of the spectrum, instead of an essential balance of both. For a skeptic, or unbeliever to receive real truth, evangelism must be balanced in a way to allow the Holy Spirit to work through the believer by appealing and offering evidence and proof. This will approve the reliability of the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Word. It can be difficult for faith to emerge and change someone’s reality through the religious coercion of “blind faith,” which the “turn or burn” mentality often dictates. In contrast, a sincere testimony is more constructive, which affirms the faith of the followers of Christ, and also is a catalyst to increasing faith in those who do not believe.
A presupposition that God exists can be, and often countered with the opposite response,“God doesn't exist," leaving a stalemate which the skeptic states, “Just because you can make a claim, does not make it true.” Through logic and reasoning, the search for truth can become a heated debate. This, in essence, can be a good thing; dialogue and communication can open the doors for conversation with an opportunity to break ground and add seeds of faith. It is only through the comparing and contrasting of each another, that there can be a clearer understanding where the other is coming from. From there, the Holy Spirit can help us make the best valid claim, even within the limitations our finite knowledge. In our weakness, He is strong, which is the essence of faith in the Gospel by having total dependency on Jesus Christ.
In hindsight, a follower of Jesus Christ has overcome a hurdle to receive the free gift of grace; in foresight, there is something available from Jesus Christ for the skeptic or unbeliever to hurdle them over their obstacles to the knowledge of truth.
As followers of Christ, there are some actions that can appropriately spread the Good News. Firstly, we can clear the way for the message of Christ by helping those overcome their own obstacles of emotion and intellect with a supportive communication of truth in a loving and respectful way.
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence - 1 Peter 3:15
I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. - Jude 1:3
Having a good foundation of the truth paves the way to exposing error, heresy, and the fraudulent nature of Satan that tries to undermine the authenticity and truth of faith by distracting us from a true genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we need to defend the truth, but also challenge the claims of opposing views.
Can we demand someone to accept Jesus Christ before any dialogue or communication has taken place with them?
Doubting Thomas rejected that Jesus Christ had risen unless he had the evidence, or proof that he needed. Jesus Christ responded to his obstacle, and the fruit was, “My Lord and my God!” The Bible attests historically to eye-witness accounts of the audience of that day who accepted Jesus Christ. God knows each and every one of the obstacles that we need to overcome concerning our doubts about Him. Jesus Christ can use His followers as instruments in this way via the Holy Spirit to the unreached.
One of the most important keys to salvation is spreading the knowledge and truth of Jesus Christ.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. - Romans 10:14-17
An informed decision about Jesus Christ is a good decision. Argument and coercion rely on the power of man to advocate “blind faith,” but intelligent faith and reason from the Holy Spirit leaves no doubt, produces good fruit, and expands His kingdom.
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History is in contrast with myth and fable; it is something that took place with someone objectively witnessing a certain event. As the events become compiled, the source of the narration comes from testimony of the eyewitnesses.