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Always be Ready to Answer

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But sanctify Christ in your hearts, and honor Him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope that you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15-16

I recently watched a documentary produced by a famous comedian who is an atheist. He traveled the world doing interviews with a variety of religious representatives. His purpose was to show how ignorant, ridiculous and hypocritical many of the worlds religions are. Sometimes he just listened as each defended their faith and sometimes he engaged in debate. But one fact was glaringly evident - those who struggled to accurately explain their beliefs looked like brainwashed fools.

Our text today was written to Christians, of which I am one. So, I take the Apostleís command seriously and understand the importance of answering those who ask in truth. It doesnít really matter what we believe and practice if it is not the truth.

On the program Muslims had great difficulty in defending their faith. In general they had problems in presenting Islam as a peaceful religion while so many clerics are openly calling for a holy war and when Islamic terrorists dominate world news. Against the backdrop of history Islam and its Prophet looked violent and some admitted that the religion was largely spread at the point of the sword rather than by the theology itself. And their incessant hatred for Jews wasnít endearing.

The Orthodox Jews expressed a zeal for a strict interpretation of the Mosaic Laws, yet have devised ways to technically get around those Laws. When the presenter asked if they were just finding "loopholes" to get around Godís Laws, the Rabbi quickly asked, -"Who do you think put the loophole there?"

Mormons struggled to explain a mountain of bizarre claims such as, that Jesus came to America, the Native Americans are the lost tribes of Israel, the practice of wearing holy underwear, being baptized for the dead, that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers, and the list goes on and on.

But it was Christians who disappointed me the most. The Church of Jesus Christ is called to be the pillar and the foundation of the truth. We are called to worship God in spirit and in truth. No lie or deception can be defended when put it to a real test, because truth is a reality and a lie is but a vanishing vapor.

When questioned why Jesus had the same December 25th birth date as many of the ancient pagan gods no one had an answer. The truth is, He doesnít have that birth date. We cannot defend what is not true. We cannot defend the trappings of Christmas - not commanded in the Bible, not Jesusí birth date, evergreens and a jolly old elf named Santa. Because these beliefs and practices originate in ancient paganism, skeptics have come to believe that Christianity and even the divinity of Jesus is just borrowed from pagan worship. We lose when we fix fables with truth. It's not enough to always be ready with an excuse, we must always be ready with an answer that is the truth of God.

 


 


 

 

 

 

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