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When Christians Shouldn’t Quote The Bible
October 30, 2009, 9:00 am
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There are entirely too many dumb Christians on the loose today. Entirely too many. Yes, on the loose. Running around, causing problems.

Dumb Christians? Yes. There are Christians that, not only don’t know what they believe, but don’t know how to rationalize or defend their beliefs with anything other than scriptures or what they heard at church. And this is a problem. Because it makes Christians, as a whole, and our faith, look incredibly foolish and baseless when in fact, the very opposite is true. Christian faith can be easily and logically be explained, even without using Scripture. There are, obviously, a few exceptions, but the basic truths and principles for living can be articulated without reading directly from the Word.

When Christians are witnessing, sharing their testimony, or evangelizing — for the few of them that aren’t embarrassed to share their faith — it’s especially important to understand and be able to articulate the truths, concepts and principles from the Bible. We have to be able to explain biblical truths without using the Bible as our crutch or our excuse for lack of knowledge.

To say it another way: You only know something as well as you can teach it to someone else. And most of the time, teachers don’t read directly from the textbooks to make sure they’re teaching the right things. They have the knowledge ingrained in them. may use to textbook to learn from and then to supplement our teaching.

Unbelievers simply don’t care about the Bible. Why should they? Do we care what the Qur’an says? No, of course not. Most non-Christians think that the Bible might be true or that it might have good ideas, but to leave your brain at home and reason with the Bible as your only tool, you’re walking into a losing fight. We fail to realize that Christianity is an intelligent man’s religion; it’s not designed for a bunch of morons to aimlessly follow, like drones — yet sadly, that’s more often than not precisely what ends up happening. In other words: You can think about it, reason it out, and it consistently holds up to the scrutiny.

Don’t hear me wrong, the Bible is very important. Rather, it’s crucial, and unavoidable in the life of a believer. It is absolutely without error and 100 percent God inspired and accurate, even thousands of years after it’s authoring. It is literally the Word of God. However, it’s also a very logical book. It’s truths and principles are universally applicable and irrespective of time, culture, and even faith. In other words, everyone can learn from the Bible, yet few would if they knew what they were learning from was the Bible.

It’s important to study, comprehend, know, and understand the Bible. However, you can’t rely on quoting a specific verse when dealing with an unbeliever; they’ll quickly pull the whole “the Bible isn’t accurate and it contradicts itself” argument — which I’m sure you’d rather avoid altogether — and stop listening to a word that you have to say. Then you’ve lost the chance to impact them. Don’t be one of those dumb Christians running amuck in the streets across the world. Rather, be a smart Christian — one that’s able to articulate and understand the Biblical principles that the world so obviously needs to understand and apply themselves. But how can they understand if they’re not told? And how can they be told if everyone is silent? Speak up with God’s Truth.

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So umm…

Lemme know when you wanna get married.

Very on point post. It’s not only important to know what you believe, but WHY and what the rational explanation is.

It’s the dumb Christians that are always so loud and ridiculous. I don’t get it, at all.

My other thing is that one truth throughout the Bible is that of choice. Christ gives us a choice, He talks about choice all the time — from the very beginning, God gave Adam and Eve choices (and consequences) and yet too many Christians think it’s our job to implore what amounts to “our will” on other people.

CHOICE dagnabit. Choice!

Comment by ASmith

Here is question for you… can this really be applicable to someone who is a young Christian? In using your example with a teacher, the teacher may not use the textbook after years of being familiar with their subject matter, however that first year I’m sure they have every book on how to better understand/interpret/break down the subject matter so that it is better understood by them prior to relating the specifics to the students. Me only being in my walk for a year now, I don’t really know how to clearly rationalize my and/or defend my beliefs without wanting to pick up the bible for assistance. Why? Because I don’t want to say the wrong thing when someone who I may not have seen in awhile asks me about my new walk. So.. I understand what you are saying…and perhaps I’m over analyzing and once I reach more years in my walk I’ll understand that it isn’t that “serious” per say.

Comment by Krystle

This is more applicable for more mature Christians than for those younger in their faith. What you can’t go wrong doing is sharing what God has done for you, in your life. No one can dispute that. They may not believe it, but your job is just to tell them what God has done and let them choose what to do with that. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “I don’t know,” when someone asks you a question. Focus on what you do know instead of what you don’t.

Comment by CreativeStu

Very true Stu… thanks!

Comment by Krystle




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