Has a sceptic ever asked you “Can I ask you a simple question?”. The thing is there is no such thing as a “simple question”. Questions can’t be framed in a vacuum. It needs to exist in a framework and therefore carries certain assumptions with it. Sometimes these assumptions are often masked or forgotten and need to addressed for the pursuit of the truth.
To give an example:
One of the most popular objections to the existence of God is the “Problem of Evil”. It goes something like this:
- God is Good
- God is Omnipotent (All Powerful)
- Evil exists in the world.
It is argued that that all 3 cannot be true since it causes an apparent contradiction. It goes on as: since we know that evil exists in the world, it follows that either God is not good since he has allowed evil, pain and suffering to exist, or He cannot do anything about it and therefore He is not all powerful.
When dug a little deeper, the assumptions become apparent:
- How do you define Evil?
- Doesn’t that imply the existence of Good and Evil?
- What is the moral standard by which something is judged as good or evil?
- Is it an absolute moral standard?
- If so who sets the standard?
If we attempt to logically answer these questions it becomes apparent that the “Evil” needs a moral framework to exist. And the presence of an absolute, omnipotent, benevolent God is a requirement for the said moral framework. The entire argument needs the very fact the question seeks to disprove.
Lack of faith does not stem from thinking, it stems from not thinking enough. Though we rest on faith, our faith is not a blind faith. We are encouraged to love the Lord with our hearts as well as our minds. The Christian faith is robust enough to be defensible again intellectual argument and in my experience its the only worldview that offers a comprehensive and logical explanation to our life.