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ready always to give an answer to every man that asks
Every preacher should be prepared to present evidence
for what he preaches. This is especially true today in an age of
religious skepticism. Political, technical, medical, and product
information is readily accepted, but Biblical news is viewed
askance. In his introduction to Acts, Luke gives us the
recommended Biblical prescription. Note the reference to
eyewitnesses and infallible proofs:

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he
was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had
given commandments unto the apostles whom he had
chosen: to whom also he shewed himself alive after his
passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty
days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom
of God.

The Bible warns, however, that some will not be converted
regardless of the evidence:

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose
from the dead.

Nonetheless, the Biblical instruction is to be ready always to
give an answer to every man that ask[s] you a reason of the
hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

To give a reason means to present something reasonable, that is,
present evidence. Just be prepared for well-reasoned evidence to
be rejected.

Consider these three groups:

1. Most Christians believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and
hope for an afterlife in heaven, but reject all other Biblical
miracles. Science, in their view, has displaced everything in the
Bible except that for which they yearn. Regardless of the
unreasonableness of this position, it is the most popular.

2. There are Christians who accept no miracles. Their view of
Christ is equivalent to Gandhi. In fact, if teachings of Gandhi
replaced those of Christ in the Church, that would be just fine
with them. They reject the Resurrection and they reject heaven,
believing that scientists have disproved both. Church, therefore,
is a social club that helps their children mature.

3. Atheists accept only the scientific consensus that they view on
television and most media, and are taught in schools at all ages.
This is the fastest growing segment of the anti-Bible population.

It is to these three groups that most of our outreach is focused.
Notice that a high view of scientists exists in all three. Given our
modern circumstances, an effective method for presenting
evidence for the Bible should be to present Biblical Christianity as
scientists employing the results of science. This way we can
demonstrate the fallacies of the scientists of the popular media.
We hope to discourage fear and undue respect for media
scientists and foster healthy skepticism. Here’s one example:

The Bible teaches that the universe is thousands of years old. In
school we are taught that the Bible is incorrect and that the
universe is billions of years old. The age of the universe apart
from the Bible is measured by comparing the ratios of particular
radioisotopes, the present rate of decay of the heavier elements,
and drawing on various theories to arrive at an age.

In 2007, a paleontologist discovered soft dinosaur tissue in a fossil
dated 68 million years old by radioisotope reasoning. After a few
years of all-out assault on the veracity of the discovery, it was
confirmed that the dinosaur tissue was genuine. Since everyone
knows that soft tissue could not have been preserved for much
beyond a few thousand years under the most favorable
circumstances, a new theory of molecular iron matrix preservation
was proposed. Since the initial discovery, several more instances
of dinosaur tissue have been discovered.

Note that before the discoveries, no one ever suspected that an
iron matrix could preserve tissue for millions of years. Note also
that even though this is the paleontological discovery of the
century, it receives relatively little press. The media would have
us believe that hamburger decays at a rate on par with
uranium 235.

Draw your own conclusions.

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