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Christians Look Foolish

Should Christians be able to 'back up' our claims to those in the world? Often Christians look foolish being unable to back up our beliefs with anything more than Bible quotes to the unsaved.

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 ---Gerold on 4/17/06
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No. What we need to do is to keep our eyes on Jesus. Noone is going to get saved anyhow, without the Blood of Christ. We do not have to prove anything. They wouldn't believe it anyways. Just keep loving God more everyday of ones life. Amen.++
---catherine on 11/26/07

God chose the foolishness of preaching to confound the wise.

1Cr 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Cr 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
---Andrea on 11/26/07

Yes, I can very well back up my claims as a Christian. Bible is a part of the World. The final decision on whether anything is True or not should come from deep within us.
---Aurunoday on 11/26/07

In the four years in the Navy, (Sea Bees), never once was I question in a negative manner concerning my Christian beliefs. Why? 1. I refused to argue. 2. I back up my beliefs with Scripture. 3. I don't go on the defense, but stay on the offensive. Christians look foolish because they try to justify, what doesn't need to be justified. Just present them with the facts of the Bible, and tell them they can either except , or reject them. My "job" is done. Now it's up to the Holy Spirit.
---WIVV on 5/16/07

To my way of seeing things, the best way to "back up" your beliefs is to show them through your actions. Show faith in Christ by acting like Him. I have had more success with this than any form of preaching.
---Davidson on 4/20/06

Luke 16:28-31 tells us about the rich man in hell asking to return to earth to tell his brothers the truth. He is told "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Even returning from death is not enough evidence then how could anything else you are studying be enough. "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them." Why do we need anything else? There is enough amazing evidence right there.
---chris on 4/19/06

Chris, thanks for the additional scriptures. One thing comes to mind in rference to the the word, Jesus is the word, it is sharper then a two egede sword and the word does not return has the power of salvation...let the Holy Spirit work. Not all will recieve and not to worry if one looks foolish yeilding the sword of the Spirit/the word of God. Often a seed planted takes much time to grow. Just trust and obey
---christina on 4/19/06

Jesus backed up his claims with wonders and miracles which were documented in the New Testament so that we could have something to back up our claims about him. We need nothing else. The Word of God and the fruits we bear are all the witness we need. Your claims lead me to believe that you do not have enough faith in the Word or not enough knowledge of it.
---chris on 4/18/06

The Bible scripture should not be the only thing backing up our claims. It wasn't the only thing that backed up Jesus claims. The way he conducted himself was just as large or larger witness than the Old Testament scripture he quoted. That is the example we should follow. If our lives are not in accord with the word of course the word will look stupid to an unbeliever. We need to live our life's always as if we are being watched because we are.
---Linda3 on 4/18/06

What the world finds foolish (Gods Word) is true wisdom for those who accept it. God wants us to believe that which the world finds foolish. It shows faith.

1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
---chris on 4/18/06

Paul went to Athens, on Mars Hill, known for great philosophical debates. True faith would NEVER fear argument or debate,(in the proper context.) Many great religious thinkers have existed who defended the faith they held so dear.
---MikeM on 4/18/06

We were created with a mind to think/reason with. Idolatry is the worship of an image, idea or object. When one leans on their own understanding(reason)that is idolarty. That does NOT mean one does not reason, only the when it becomes an end in itself, as opposed to an end in itself. God did not create us with the ability to reason, then as us to deny its use. Yes, one should be able to 'back up' their faith claims.
---MikeM on 4/18/06

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---Jonathan on 4/18/06

Yes. If in a discussion, and either person can't back up what they say from the Word of God, then they either don't know what the bible says or it isn't of God. I always try to back up what I say with the word of God. If I can't find it in the bible, then it is man-made up.
---Rebecca_D on 4/18/06

Answering the question, God knows that preaching scripture to unbelievers will make us look foolish. It pleases God when an unbeliever abandons his worldly wisdom to believe "foolish" preaching. If all things are proven then who needs faith?

1 Corinthians 1:21
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
---chris on 4/18/06

Christina... that is powerful isnt it.

How about these:
1 Corinthians 1:25
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
---chris on 4/18/06

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What makes a believer look the most foolish is not truly believing the message he himself preaches to others. Heart belief results in real change.
---Linda6563 on 4/18/06

The Holy Spirit's purpose is not to entertain the unbeliever, but to convict the unbeliever of their sin and their need for salvation. So when an unbeliever asks for a supernatural sign or proof to "back up" their faith, like if you're really of God then humor me by showing me some feat like walk on the water or turn these stones into bread, etc. The evident proof is a Christlike and righteous life, like loving the homeless, loving your enemies, and turning the other cheek to your abuser, etc.
---Eloy on 4/18/06

I really like and agree with tommy's answer on this question.
---mima on 4/18/06

I would to elaborate more on what Randy said.
If the world can't tell the difference in the life styles of christians and sinners, then how are we the light? What kind of examples are we? We will held accountable for this. Thanks Randy
---wayne on 4/18/06

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Randy, you're right on about us being selfrightous. Divorce is high among christians, which destroys families also.
We fail to let God restore our marriages, we are selfish. As for the war, we don't know where this will lead, but I couldn't vote for the other party, and their agenda, and wouldn't again.
---wayne on 4/18/06

God often uses the foolish things of the world to confound the "wise".
I love that
---Christina on 4/18/06

1 Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"
---Bruce5656 on 4/18/06

If someone pushes me with wanting proof, I just ask them for proof that they are correct. Then I tell them what Jesus has done for me.
---shira on 4/18/06

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God didn't feel the need to "explain" Himself to the world, why should we endeavour to do so, since God is incomprehensible to fallen mankind anyway. All we need to "worry" about is the delivering of the Gospel, let the Holy Spirit take care of any explanations.
---tommy3007 on 4/18/06

Gerold, what makes us look foolish is having a leader that claims to be a Christian but keeps changing his reasons for a war, we blame gays for the destruction of the family but fail to address divorce, when we are not outraged at injustice. I am a Christian not because I am afraid of hell but because it is the right way to live. It sounds trite but it is still true, our lives are sometimes the only bible that people read. Bless you in your journey.
---randy on 4/18/06

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