Sometimes it seems that in a very orthodox Christian group or community, there’s reluctance to help newcomers understand the way that Christianity differs from and is similar to other faiths.
This frustrates me. It comes partly, I believe, from ignorance; those who have never felt the need to grapple with questions like “what about other religions,” or perhaps ignored that need until it went away, seem rattled when faced with it again. They try to tell people to just read the Bible and come to it for answers.
I’ve seen the frustration this causes, however, and I believe that it is a big mistake. Instead of being reassured that their questions have answers, these newbies (and many of them are unsaved) are turned off by the emanation of weakness and ignorance put forth by those to whom they come for advice.
In spite of this, I have been blessed to find, there are answers. The writings of C. S. Lewis and Ravi Zacharias in particular have been of untold help to me in my search for answers. Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the BIble series has taught me more about the Bible and expounded the meaning of passages I had found difficult or perplexing than I’d ever known growing up in church (disclaimer: in my case, this was due more to my inattention than to any lack of instruction). Others like Chuck Colson, Adrian Rodgers, Spurgeon, Chesterton, helped me to see both the merits of my particular denomination and past its boundaries.
The truth of Christianity is vibrant and alive; the historical evidence (archeaological, textual, and physical) for the Bible is overwhelming; the richness of its global influence undeniable and compelling; and the answers to your questions are there, relevant, real, and waiting.
“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.”
And if one source can’t or won’t answer you, look for another. Witnesses abound.