An Apologetic For Fools Part 2

Training with the TwelveWeek 14 Chapter 10An Apologetic for FoolsJesus responds to a demand for ProofPart II WE have learned this week that Jesus was not about people pleasing.  The signs and wonders He performed were indications to the Jewish people that their Messiah had come. Predictions of Him are rife in the Old Testament, and Jesus used many examples from Jewish Law to show that He was who He said He was. He was not trying to make friends and influence people like people in our culture do. Rather, He was confirming what His people should have already known.  It is therefore understandable that when the religious leaders demanded signs, they were not truly looking for Messiah. No! In fact, just the opposite was true. They were on a fact finding mission to kill Him because they knew who He claimed to be.  They were looking to assure their own supremacy in their finite world.  Don’t we all do that? We are always looking for a loophole in God’s plan so that our plan looks better!  WE are always striving for loophole justice! Well Jesus was not going to humor the skeptics! He knew His purpose, He knew the hearts of His people, and He knew exactly what it would take for them to know the truth. He gave them just what they needed; silence! He would not participate in their head game.   It would be wise for us, as Christians, to think before we answer skeptics’ questions. The first thing we should do is to ascertain whether the person is seeking real answers or is just seeking self-justification and/or amusement.  When Paul said he would be a “fool” for Christ (1Cor. 4: 10), he was not talking about demeaning the Gospel. He was talking about how the Gospel looks to these types of skeptics (1Cor 1:18-31; 3:18-21).  Paul is very careful to show the contrast between man’s delusional wisdom and God’s perfect wisdom.  Additionally, we should answer according to what the person is actually asking. Find out by asking questions.  Greg Koukl of “Stand to Reason” often says to use the “Colombo tactic” in trying to talk about God and a Christian view of reality.  He says, this requires asking questions to clarify what the person is saying, discerning how they came to the conclusion they did, and then, only then, introduce new information from your viewpoint. If they are real truth seekers, this will open real dialogue.  If you run into a person who is just skeptical, you might challenge him to see what he already knows, and point him to the obvious. Don’t waste works on people who don’t’ want them.  An apologetic for a fool is the respect and acknowledgement from us to God that His Word is True. He is able, we are not. See ya next time


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