WHI-1300 | What People Believe & Why

Sunday, 06 Mar 2016

On this program the hosts begin a new series as we prepare for Easter in celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord. As we come closer to this time, we have continually found that the necessity for an examination of the historic truth claims of Christianity is continuously needed. If you ask people on the street what they believe about God and the afterlife, you’re likely to get a wide variety of answers. But an important follow-up question you should ask is, “Why do you believe that?”

On this program the hosts will listen to and interact with a number of on-the-street interviews dealing with basic religious questions. Why do people believe what they believe, and do the answers they provide work in other areas of life? Is it arrogant to believe in a factual religion? Why or why not? Join us for this broadcast of the White Horse Inn as we begin a new series, focusing on the resurrection as the foundation of the Christian faith.

“It’s so important to realize that the Apostle Paul moved the Resurrection out of the category that the Greeks would have put it in, out of the category of it’s useful, it gives me happiness. He moves it over into the category of not, it makes my life better than worse, but it is true rather than false.
“And folks, everything in Christianity rests upon that claim that Jesus rose from the dead and if he hasn’t, then we’re still in our sins. You can’t separate theology, your belief about “the afterlife,” what happens when you die – you can’t separate those convictions from what you believe about Jesus being raised on the third day. It is the fulcrum of everything that we believe as Christians. Everything hangs on it. Paul puts it in the category of true or false, either this happened and we’re saved or it didn’t happen and we’re lost.”
– Michael Horton
The Need for Apologetics
Christians who believe but don’t know why are often insecure and comfortable only around other Christians. Defensiveness can quickly surface when challenges arise on issues of faith, morality, and truth because of a lack of information regarding the rational grounds for Christianity. At its worst this can lead to either a fortress mentality or a belligerent faith, precisely the opposite of the Great Commission Jesus gave in Matthew 28:19-20. The charge of the Christian is not to withdraw from the world and lead an insular life. Rather, we are to be engaged in the culture, to be salt and light.
The solution to this problem is for believers to become informed in doctrine, the history of their faith, philosophy, logic, and other disciplines as they relate to Christianity. They need to know the facts, arguments, and theology and understand how to employ them in a way that will effectively engage the culture. In short, the answer is Christian apologetics.
(Doug Powell, Holman Quick Source Guide to Christian Apologetics)

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