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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Theology / Apologetics
  • Language:English
  • Pages:160
  • eBook ISBN:9780990666684

The Box

Answering the Faith of Unbelief

by Craig Biehl

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Overview
To know that God does not exist requires knowledge about everything in the universe and beyond. How, then, can Mr. A know God does not exist when he doesn’t even know the contents of Mr. C’s brown box or remember where he put the car keys?
Description
Mr. A’s nightmare was small potatoes compared to Mr. C’s little antique box. Why did Mr. A convert from being a confident atheist to a rather non-committal agnostic? That Mr. C didn’t fit the stereotype of an ignorant hypocrite bothered Mr. A, but why does he now doubt his once unflinching ability to make reasonable claims about the existence of God? He is even nervous about a possible afterlife. The little brown box had shaken him to the core. Was he really a man of faith, and blind unjustified faith at that? Intending to pull weeds, Mr. A sat on a pile of dirt contemplating the meaning of his life. Leaving Mr. A for a moment, imagine happy young Christians prancing off to college to find everything they hold dear mocked and dismissed as nonsense. “Jonah in a whale? Humanity saved in an ark?” And with a raising of an eyebrow and peering over the eye glasses, “you don’t reeeally take the Bible literally, do you?” It can be a bit intimidating. Imagine four concentrated years of this from professors and classmates. Can the joy, assurance and faith of believers survive and even thrive in such an environment? Can our own joy, assurance, and faith survive and thrive in the sea of unbelief that surrounds us? Atheists and agnostics pride themselves on being reasonable and scientific while viewing Christian faith as blind and unreasonable. But could the opposite be true? Could Christian faith be neither blind nor unreasonable while the best arguments of atheism and agnosticism rest on unsupportable assumptions of faith? Moreover, could the toughest arguments against faith in Christ become the catalyst for stronger joy, assurance, and faith in Christ as we recognize the blind and unreasonable faith of unbelief in the best of its proponents? Indeed they can. Arguments rest on basic assumptions, and arguments built on false assumptions produce faulty conclusions, regardless of the sophistication of the argument. For instance, what must someone know to legitimately claim that God does not exist? Answer: everything about everything in the universe and beyond. Unjustified faith in one’s ability to make “authoritative” assertions about things that cannot be known without infinite knowledge or direct revelation from God underlies all atheistic arguments. What about arguments against the possibility of biblical miracles? Given that God has infinite power to create, order, and sustain all things, and given that He cannot be limited by the laws He created and upholds, one must presume that He does not exist to deny biblical miracles. But again, what must someone know to legitimately claim that God does not exist? Answer, everything about everything in the universe and beyond. Every denial of the possibility of biblical miracles rests on an unreasonable, unjustified, and easily refutable assumption of faith. Indeed, anyone who cannot know the contents of Mr. C’s rosewood box without looking inside it cannot possibly know that God does not exist or that He is limited by the universe He created. All arguments against the existence and nature of God, whether the “problem of evil” or the impossibility of the Trinity, can easily be exposed as resting on same unreasonable assumptions of blind faith. When Christians learn to identify these assumptions, they are not only equipped to refute the most difficult arguments of unbelief, they will be encouraged in their faith in Christ and Scripture, and inoculated against intimidating arguments that would steal their joy and assurance.
About the author
Two years after graduating from Cal Berkeley (Go Bears!) Craig's life was turned right-side up from a view of the infinite excellence of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture. Decades later he writes on various theological topics, including apologetics, the theology of Jonathan Edwards, the majesty and beauty of God, and the Christian life. He recently launched Pilgrim's Rock to develop home school curriculum to nurture unbreakable faith in students about to enter college and parents worried about sending them there. Additional audio, video, and written material will explain the infinite excellence of the Triune God, justification and new life, the infinite merit of Christ, the Gospel, and other relevant biblical topics. Craig received his MBA from UCLA, ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and PhD in Systematic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is happy to be redeemed in Christ, to whom he owes all things and apart from whom he is nothing.
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