Thursday, July 12, 2007

Does God Exist?

Bobby Gruenewald over at wrote a post today called Does God Exist?, illustrating the basic beliefs of secular people today.

His main point is that we are finding that more non-Christians don't believe in God these days. This is a change in a culture that has mostly accepted the existence of God up until the last 10 or 15 years. The church must change as well. Most outreach approaches are based on presenting a doctrine of salvation to people who have a basic belief in the existence of God.

You just can't engage some people with scripture or theology. I have had experiences where I used scripture and spent the rest of the conversation defending the Bible. It became an academic exercise that led no where. We must focus more on authentic relationships where people will care to hear what we say. That can be hard if we spend most of our time with Christians. It was great to hear Bobby refer to someone as a friend who doesn't believe in God.

Are there any people who don't believe in God who would call you a friend?


bjk said...

My friend MW comes to mind...

Jay Kelly said...

Um, does it count that many of my Christian friends think I'M an atheist because I hang out with so many???? (But I have an unfair advantage since I'm working on a PhD in philosophy.)