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Tips on explaining and defending Christianity in conversations

Updated on June 19, 2013

I am sorry to tell you this: Most Atheists will be offended at this picture, so do not portray it.

Most scientific folk do not feel comfy with all warm and fuzzy happy. They would use words like sappy and mushy --- so do not go there.
Most scientific folk do not feel comfy with all warm and fuzzy happy. They would use words like sappy and mushy --- so do not go there. | Source

Just who do you think you are talking too?

One of the great pleasures of my work is current anthropology and sociology. My area of work in these studies in practical applied science in the legal framework. Some may know it as Jury Picking or flash profiling. It is so hard to do that it normally takes a team made up of many disciplines. I do it with study and some gut! In this example we spend great time and expense picking who our audience is. What kind of introduction to the subject of discourse in Christianity is this?

Let me explain. In conversation we do not get to pick our audience. Each person has a mindset. In fact most people do not spend the time figuring out that mindset. Most folks don't know themselves that well. Combine that with the modern PC of "do not stereotype" and you find most folks do not think about what makes them unique because that would make them identifiably different, and "we" do not want that. Well, drop those thoughts quick when you are picking the jury to decide a woman's fate. You must do the same when speaking of Christianity and how your message is received. Our Bible is filled with lessons about how we speak differently to different groups, each of Paul's Epistles are examples --- you should act likewise.

Think of this, our greater society thinks that being "weird" is bad. Yet that same society thinks that stereotyping is bad. That is just plain crazy thinking.

I got nothing by way of proof in a scientific sense. Do not go head to head with evil.

Just get that concept straight. You got nothing that proves God exists. Get over it and do not play the fool. The Bible is not proof ----- let that set in. Do not tell someone that the Bible proves something. It is at best circumstantial evidence that someone else believed something. Historical accounts do not prove that the account happened. That is the good news and you should revel in it. Say it; "I do not need proof of God". You are free from that law that requires proof. (now in a highly technical logic sense it is proof --- but until you have really studied the matter, leave it alone lest you become a sophist)

You are God's chosen because he chose you and you chose him! That is marvelous and miraculous, however that is not proof. And that is just great!

Only a highly trained professional can argue with the devil. You may scoff at this. Do not! As soon as your arrogance takes hold you are lost, and I hope you have a lifeline.

If you have been fully trained, like in church since birth, a decade of service, a Masters degree or better and are certain it is your calling do not go head to head with the devil or evil.

Think this way, aside from her training, a preacher lady, spends much time through each week preparing for a sermon and classes, that deal with evil, if you do that for years, you become competent to fight. Until then do not.

You are not transcending. Put your feet on the ground. Listen more than speak, ask more than tell.

I only have my love as proof of God.
I only have my love as proof of God. | Source

All you faithers' get this really straight. The only thing you have got to sell you cannot sell.

Life is so abundant and so beautiful and so full of marvelous things. We need to be like a host in our brand new house, take the visitor on a tour and smile and when something is not perfect explain the possibilities and hope and future. You see that is your pappy's house, that there is the mansion of the Lord. Love, hope, charity,,, and the greatest is love.

We must stand up and extol We have got to explain the glory in our lives. Christians are not to be in the judgment business. They are in the love business. You can not sell it, you have got to give it freely. So do not convince -- show!

What the heck have I got to show for following my Savior?

Relax my friends, you have you, and you are His. No need to look forward or backward. Are you really Happy? Before you open your mouth to a stranger or neighbor, do some inventory. Are you happy? If the answer is no, stay in your home until the answer is yes. I live paycheck to paycheck and sometimes that is missed. I got complicated family issues at the best of times.

But I can have fun talking to any homeless man or Prince. Because I am way happy. I give Love and I get it back so that my cup is always full. If that is not why you argue your faith. Do something else with your time.

If you find yourself, just one little bit, putting your ego into the mix, walk away.

If you find yourself claiming proof of faith, apologize and start over.

If you find yourself with no great wonderment to share, do not share.

If you find yourself with any envy, hate, vanity or impatience. Examine your motives.

If you find yourself being overly preachy and authoritarian like me go find some humble pie and eat of it.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Just a question on your statement that no proof is required. How do you explain Romans 1:20?

      BTW, I am also in the area of sociology and anthropology - religious studies to be specific.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is a great verse from Paul to the Romans. I would not have liked to be beheaded or crucified in those times but I would have loved to see the miracles that abounded.

      I also think the whole doubting Thomas scenario begs the question. But as Christ explained those who have not seen........

      Thanks for reading and commenting, we also live in exciting times.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Um...but then what is Paul saying in Rom. 1:20?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Seems to me he is saying look at all we have seen, and believe. It is correct. The fact that Christ let Thomas touch his wounds for proof, is the same. But neither you nor I have seen and we still believe. So having proof is not the same as needing it. Saul needed it.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      What would a pagan have thought about Paul's statement?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do not get your question. Paul was a rare citizen Jew of Rome. He wrote this to heretofore pagans. It convinced many and scared others eventually leading to Pauls death.

      So what did pagans think of this epistle? They killed him.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      I mean what would a pagan think about his "evidence" that God exists.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It must have threatened them mightily. Saul then Paul was evidence in front of them speaking. Now you are getting into the evidence that I spoke of. It is evidence in a legal sense through exceptions we have to a hearsay rule, but it is not scientific evidence and proof.

      A persons' testimony is evidence so a recorded testimony is evidence. But this hub is more about getting along than proving something.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      How is a person's testimony "evidence"?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Back at that time it required two witnesses to establish a truth. If you look at Christs' and Pauls' Trials you will get a sense of this.

      If a person has/had the ability to perceive an event or thing and the ability to relate that, they can give testimony regarding that matter.

      Oral or written testimony is evidence to establish the fact of a matter. Many will tell you that the worst most unreliable evidence is an eye witness. That is cool, it clearly establishes in common parlance that a witnesses testimony is evidence. (now do not go yelling that at a truther, their rules of evidence will not allow for human accounts)

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      I don't get it. How do you know Paul wasn't lying?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well you take a totality of the circumstances and other witness corroboration, and any other evidence that supports his claims. You look for other inconsistencies or consistencies. For instance Sauls actions were recorded by the Sanhedrin, Paul's execution by the Romans. There is no known written refutation of the miracles, Paul's travels were documented. Luke corroborates Paul.

      So now the burden is on the interrogator, prove Paul is lying.

      I hope that helps you. We can see that sociology, anthropology, philosophy and understanding proof all play a roll. As I say, in a technical sense the Bible is part of the proof, but do not tell that to a truther.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Okay, the inconsistencies.

      Compare the Greek texts of Acts 9:7 to Acts 22:9. Also, Galatians 1 to Acts 9. Someone is confused about their account.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent point --- If two people walked in and had exactly the same account of an incident, you would be all excited about that. You would be the fool.

      Husbands and wives, photographer and photograph, happy and sad do not have the same account of an occurrence, it cannot happen as the have different perspective my mere change in position of observation.

      If all those texts you refer to were identical, I could make a good case for conspiracy.

      But here is the really cool part about your point,,,, it proves they are evidence to be considered. And again do not say that to a truther, it would challenge their manlihood, and it is deep really hard thinking. So why would you bring this up in this hub?

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Because the book of Acts was written by the same exact author. The same guy remembered things differently?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I now know that you are young. Acts and Luke are incredible for the purpose of cross checking and validating through the master writer of Luke the Physician. You should know I am a past member of OSL.

      My son and I argue -- who has the best testimony when he was 8 years old? I do, he does. Is Luke more correct after his time with Paul? Did his perspectives change, was he human, but driven on a quest to record. He was an egotist, he was brilliant, he was not qualified to speak of ecclesiastical matters. Nicea included his gospel -- Why?

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      What the hell is "OSL"?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Order of Saint Luke. A healing ministry spanning many traditions, and churches.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      What made you leave the Order of Saint Luke?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Became and LEM II (Lay Eucharistic Minister) Bringing the church service to shut ins and invalids.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      On your comment on Judah's Daughter's "GOD or the SON of GOD" article, what were you talking about when you said:

      "And the beauty of the covenenant is new. Let us rejoice in what he says and rejoice in what she says."

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Covenants are agreements. They begin with comments and what people say. New agreements with Christ are beautiful.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      April Reynolds hasn't been on here (hubpages) recently.

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