Tonight was the first time that I got to spend time to talk with about the Scriptures, God (yes, we even talked about the Trinity), and science.
We were going through this little handbook called, Ultimate Questions by John Blanchard, an author of many other books, including Evolution: Fact or Fiction, which we did not go through. I want to avoid trying to defend the faith, thinking that it will get him saved. Unfortunately, but I do not have a lot of experience talking to people about the bible, we did get sidetracked. The devil was really working to blind him from the truth (as Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 4:4).
In Ultimate Questions, Blanchard started with the first and second topic of God having existed since eternity and that we can know God through His creation of the natural universe, and through the unique scriptures.
He was not happy with what was being said through the little book, let alone the scriptures. He pretty much created his own god, and he stated that he does not like the idea of God exalting Himself above His creation, especially humans. So, his god, had been made low and equal with him.
It was sad to see how dead (spiritually) he is, and the things he actually believes in. I was thinking about I might have just spoke with a demon (not really, but I thought I might as well be because of the twisted beliefs he proclaims), but the bible teaches that the demons believe and they tremble (James 2:19). So, my friend is worst than a demon because of his arrogance and pride! He explicitly stated that God is not first on his list, but knowledge is. I am not trying to bash on him, I believed in my own god before I came to know the truth, but being confronted by a worldly system makes me so angry.
I have been reminded of a few things through this, but my focus is to not treat this like an experiment or to just gain experience in evangelism. I want my friend to know Christ and for Christ to know him. I want him to submit and bow to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. However, I need to be more prayerful and more bold in my proclamation of the truth. I noticed how I would say things like: “This is my belief” or “This is how I interpret the bible”. There was at least one thing that we talked about that phrases like that are appropriate. For example, we talked about the literal vs. symbolism of Genesis for a little bit. I think that can be debated, but I am well convinced that there was a literal Adam and Eve and humans descended from those two. I believe many Christians fear the scientists and do not want to be looked down upon as dumb and uneducated, so they side with them.
Anyhow, I have learned that I must say something like, “this is not just my opinion, this is fact” because it is! What should I be afraid about?! Jesus is God because He is! Because the bible says so! (John 1:1) The bible is inspired, infallible, inerrant because it is! Because God said so! (Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
I am still debating whether my floormate and I should meet in my dorm or in public. The thought of him being so angry about what I plan on saying may lead him to strangle me to death. I can definitely bring that up to the Lord so that it may not happen. However, there is still the option of meeting in a public setting. I tend to think of the worst possible things that can happen.
This person had bible studies with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Methodists, so he is confused and his beliefs are cloudy. He is also a self-proclaim scientist and is studying physics, so he has a lot of scientific knowledge. He seemed to be well-read. He definitely have a lot more knowledge about certain things than I do. But, what amazes me is that God takes the foolish and puts to shame the so called wise (1 Cor. 1:27). Many people think they have knowledge when they actually don’t because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).
May God help me to just proclaim Christ crucified. He has definitely equipped me with a lot of bible verses throughout these years by allowing me to dig into His word after talking to many people who had objections to the truth. May God save my friend for His glory and for the sake of the Gospel.