REASONS TO BELIEVE
We live in a time when many have questions about God, faith, and Christianity—but we also live in a time when science and technology make gathering answers easier than ever before. Our world is in transition. After many centuries of numerical growth and significant influence on western culture, the Christian Church has entered into a period of decline. There are more ministers than ever before—but a relatively small number hold conservative views consistent with the historic Christian faith. The number of churches is growing, but the percentage of ‘churched’ people is decreasing. There are more Bibles in America than ever before—but the Bible literacy rate is arguably lower than ever before.
We live in a time when there is an increasing number of questions about church doctrine—but few are well prepared to present a strong defense for their faith. Now is the time for followers of Christ to be the strong witnesses God has called them to be (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8).
There are good reasons that good people have questions about faith. The message of the church seems, at times, to be inconsistent or confused, rules and laws regarding morality seem subject to change, and there have been more than a few high-profile ministry and minister failings which have led to a breach of trust. Satan seeks to capitalize on every opportunity and area of weakness. With evil growing and casting a dark shadow on our world, there is an opportunity and need for the church to be the light God desires it to be. All believers are called to study (2 Timothy 2:15), to be prepared to provide answers (1 Peter 3:15) and to be a witness for the Lord (2 Timothy 4:2).
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