Ted Even’s book on responding to spiritual skeptics is excellent material for skeptics to see that biblical Christianity is really the only reasonable faith when carefully combing through the honest evidence.
Through the internet, the sum of almost all human knowledge floats at our fingertips, and we can now communicate with each other over very vast distances. But because neither technology or politics can change the Heart of man, the truth of reality for some seems even more elusive than ever as we are bombarded by fake news left and right. There are many objections from atheists that needs to be addressed.
Just what does this mean for people who really want to know the real spiritual truth?
It means that any skeptic must be both honest and sincere with much resolve – if they ever hope to find the truth among all the deceptive contradicting religions and or belief systems which we presently see in our world! In other words, only serious searchers for the truth will find it!
In Luke 13:24, Jesus said: “Strive to enter in at the straight gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”
In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus also said: “Enter in at the straight gate (referring to himself as that straight gate): for wide is the gate, broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to eternal life, and few there be that find it.”
According to the Bible, many even religious people will be deceived, thinking they were right with God, but will not be (Matthew 7:21-23) (Matthew 25:1-13).
For you can pile the honest evidence for the truth up to the heavens, but if a skeptic is unwilling to be honest with the evidence which they encounter, let’s face it, all the honest evidence for the truth in the world will do them no good! Many Bible believing Christians testify that they had to come to the end of themselves, and see that they didn’t have the answers which they really needed, before they could see their need for Christ! But there is all hope for the honest skeptic who really wants to know the truth, because they will surely find it as they keep seeking and adding up the honest evidence. And then one day the light will turn on in their heart and they will honestly see their need for their own creator! It has been said that if someone really wants the truth, there’s truly nothing that can stop them from finding it! But equally true, is that if someone doesn’t really want to know the truth, there is really nothing that anyone can do to help them see it. But Ted Even’s book responding to spiritual skeptics can certainly shed light.
You see, according to the Bible, God has allowed all the deceptive false religions and or belief systems to take root in the world – which should be obvious if he is sovereign. Yes, the Bible teaches us that it is technically the demonic world which creates all false religions or belief systems in order to deceive men away from our one true creator and his eternal life (1 Timothy 4:1-2). And that’s why all false religions/belief systems contradict each other in even their basic beliefs, which of course just causes mass confusion, which is exactly what the devil wants! And even though the Bible is clear on the fact that God himself is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), he obviously has allowed the explosion of all the false religions we see in our world today. But the question is why? I can assure you, it is for a very good reason!
And, the Bible gives us the answer to this very important question as well, countering objections from atheists, whatever their philosophical background or type.
He allows them, because they are a very needed test of man’s heart, to see if we really want the truth – and even more importantly, if we really want a loving relationship with Him, which is ultimately where the truth leads to! You see, if there is not the love of God behind the truth, the truth itself would have no meaningful purpose! So, what am I saying: My own creator wants a loving relationship with me? Yes, in fact, according to the Bible, that’s the sole reason he created you – to have a loving relationship with you for all eternity! The Bible says that God loves us, and takes our relationship with himself so seriously, that he desires to “marry” us for all eternity (spiritually speaking)! But our sins have separated us from him and ever since mankind fell into sin, he’s been trying to restore a loving relationship with us, so we can spend eternity with him! But he can’t give us his eternal life or a restored relationship – unless we truly love him in return. And that’s why he must test our hearts in a variety of ways during this short life, to see if we are even “marriage material”! If engaged human couples test each other’s love before they are willing to commit to marriage during just this short life, how much more is our perfect creator justified in testing your heart’s love for him before he commits to a loving relationship with you for all eternity?
When it comes to a right relationship with him, because he’s perfect, and all mighty, he’s not impressed with our good works. There is “no way to work our way to heaven” – nor do we have to try to be “good enough for him”, because that won’t help. He just wants a loving relationship with us just as we are, simply because he loves us because of who he is, not because of anything we do. Remember, as an eternal being, he’s absolutely perfect, and there is no way to impress him through our good works! But what does impress him is if we have the simple faith to give him a reasonable chance to reveal himself and his love to us, so a right relationship is possible!
So you see, all the trials and tests we endure during this life are all about love after all! And someday this short life will be over, and all tests of our heart’s love for God will be over. God’s promise to us all is that if we seek him with all our heart (not just half-heartedly), we will find him and we can definitely pass our heart’s test! If you really want to meet the real Jesus, just read the New Testament Bible, and see for yourself what awesome lengths God has gone to reveal himself to you!