There are many arguments that are raised up against believers and the bible. Some are quite good and if it were not for the fact that I have had a personnel encounter with the living God my fleshly nature might have been persuaded. The fact is that even though the world tries to make good arguments, they are wrong or full of half-truths. They come from a carnal point of veiw and not from the Spirit. The only thing that matters is eternity and where you will spend it. Brothers and sisters, we are considered fools by this world and the world will never understand where we are coming from unless the Spirit of God draws them and opens up their eyes to the truth of the cross.
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things——and the things that are not——to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God——that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
Before I came to know Christ as my Saviour, I put more stock in astrology than I did in the bible. Oh I thought the bible had lots of nice things to say and I tried to live by its commandments, but to me it was just a really good book.
Then one day, at 25 years old, I surrendered my life to Christ. I had my grandfather’s old bible up in my closet and I took it down to read it. It was like a light was turned on. It became real. It became alive. It seemed every single word was reaching out to me. It all made sense and I knew then it was more than just a good book. It was the living word. Why the change? Because God’s Spirit took up residence in me. His Spirit connected with mine.
Non-believers accuse us of taking scriptures out of context when the truth is that it is God’s Word and He can use it in anyway He wants to. To them it may not make sense, but to us who have His Spirit, it makes perfect sense.
There are also many who claim to be Christians but are not, simply because they have never had an encounter with Christ. They know of Him, but they don’t know Him. There is a big difference. They don’t have the Spirit who brings all understanding. They may have read the bible through 15 times, they may have been raised in a Christian home, they may have gone to Sunday School, and they may have even been a pastor or leader. But unless they know Him, unless they have that encounter with the Living God, their understanding is darkened.
These people have a lot of trouble understanding where we are coming form. They can’t comprehend our stands on abortion, homosexuality, and many other subjects because unless they have the Spirit, it is all foolishness to them and we are nothing but fools. We will always be at odds with them. But take heart, we have been given the mind of Christ.
6We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"
10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?"But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:6:16
Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. You may be laughed at, mocked and ridiculed in many ways. But, it is all worth it. Do all things in love and not out of selfish ambition. Be a fool.
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