In our secular and anti-Christian culture, many people ask the question, “Does God Exist?” The majority of academia and media tries very hard to push the negative. They present the answer as a foregone conclusion, that it is absurd to believe in God. The implication is that it is absurd to believe that there is a God, let alone claim personal knowledge of Him.
However, still people ask the question. The more the topic of God is suppressed, the more people seek Him out. As we mention in an article on “how to find God,” this is because we are designed to know Him. As the Bible states, it is because we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26) and he has placed eternity in our hearts. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
As Christians, we know we have the answer. The Bible lays out not only who God is, but how we got here, his purpose for us, his plan, and the end game. But perhaps you have a friend who is struggling to come to faith. Perhaps there are mental strongholds that are keeping them from knowing God and coming to faith in Christ.
There are many approaches to presenting a case for God and the Christian faith.
God Alone is Savior
When you get into apologetics and start to get into the arguments and proofs for the existence of God, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that if you just have the right answer, that your friend will believe in Jesus. Here is a very important thing to remember . . . It’s not about you.
You, personally, will not cause someone to come to Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts and brings an unbeliever to repentance and Christ (John 16:8, John 15:26-27). One of the strongest verses in the Old Testament regarding the redemptive work of God is Isaiah 43:11
I, even I, am the LORD and beside me there is no savior.
God saves. Not you. Not me.
We, as believers, play a role in his plan for salvation. Not only did God come as a “Son of Man,” (Deuteronomy 18:18, Daniel 7:13-14) fully human, he also continues to work His Will through his people. (Exodus 9:16, Ephesians 3:10) Jesus’ final charge to his followers was to make disciples among all nations, (Matthew 28:19-20) and we all are always to be ready to give a reason for our faith; (1 Peter 3:15-16) but one of the most effective and important witnesses is the evidence of Christ is our life. (Luke 11:35-37. John 13:35)
God uses each of us to plant seeds, but He alone saves.
If you ever begin to feel overwhelmed and like the responsibility for someone else’s faith or belief is on you . . . Stop. That is a false burden. You are putting yourself in the place of God.
All you are responsible for is your own walk with God and doing exactly what he leads you to do precisely at the time he tells you. This may be telling someone about Jesus, but it may be giving a neighbor a ride, having patience with a slow teller, or smiling at a person in the lobby.
He is working out his plan in their life and we can be part of it if we are willing to follow Him.