SUNDAY STUDY: Part Two – But What Do They Mean by “God”?


Today’s Post is Part Two of the May 6, 2018 Part One Sunday Study (here).

“According to a new study of 4,700 American adults, the Pew Research Center found that 80% of Americans believe in GodBut what (or who) do they mean by “God”

When respondents say they don’t believe in God, what are they rejecting?

When respondents say they do believe in God, what do they believe in – God as described in the Bible, or some other spiritual force or supreme being?

We live in a time when generations have been increasingly inoculated against even listening to the words from The Book, for they’ve been told The Book is not true!

One of the primary problems in Christian apologetics today is that, rather than defending the faith, many Christians end up defending a generic theismWe must realize that theism does not equal Christianity. As Christians we are not meant to make theists out of people; we are called to defend the Christian faith (1 Peter 3:15)This means sharing what the triune God of creation has done for us in the gospel and standing on the authority of Scripture.

Sadly, many Christian leaders are teaching that God’s Word isn’t clear in its basic messages (particularly in the book of Genesis) and that Christians need the help of scholars to even begin to understand the Bible.

So in this era, we increasingly need to deal with objections to the BibleBy using apologetics to give solid answers, we can help people listen and learn about the most important historical document of all—the whole Bible.

When sharing the Good News (gospel) with others, it is important to discuss the foundations of the gospel in Genesis, and then the bad news: the origin of sin and its penalty of death.

One problem with most evangelistic efforts today is that whether by preaching or using resources like tracts and books, they employ a basic Acts chapter 2 method, similar to what the Apostle Peter used when preaching to the JewsThe Jews of Acts 2 already knew about creation and God the Creator.

I suggest, however, that our culture has changed to be more like an Acts 17 society. And if we continue using the Acts 2 method, we will be increasingly ineffective in reaching our very secularized world.” Ken Ham

Click HERE for Ken Ham’s article.