Turning the Tables Over on Skepticism

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Cl 4.5–6; cf. 1 Pe 3.15)

A) Moral Skepticism

  • “People should decide for themselves right from wrong.”

Response:

  • “Is the only moral standard yours & those who agree with you agree?”
  • “Is that an objective moral standard or can others decide that standard is wrong?”
  • “What is it called when one’s righteousness comes from oneself?”

B) Scientific Skepticism

  • “The natural world is all that there is.”

Response:

  • “How can you believe that the Universe was created from nothing?”
  • “Where does new information come for new species or genera?”
  • “How does genetic information come from primordial soup?”

C) Biblical Skepticism

  • “The Bible was written by men.”

Response:

  • “Is it fair to reinterpret a book to reject it?”
  • “Are the Bible writers guilty until proven innocent or innocent until proven guilty?”
  • “Is the innocent person proven guilty when antagonists stack evidence against him?”

D) Consequential Skepticism

  • “Basically, good people go to heaven.”

Response:

  • “How do you know what are the limits of entering heaven?”
  • “Will the guilty enter heaven without forgiveness?”
  • “If good people go to heaven, then who needs Jesus?”

Follow these questions with, “Why?” and “I hear you saying…”.

Conclusion:

If someone desires to know that Jesus’ teachings are from God, then let them seek God’s Will and then he will know. See, Jesus said,

My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he will know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. (Jn 7.16–18)

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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