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I really enjoy listening to J. Warner Wallace and his podcast called Cold Case Christianity.  You can find him at Please Convince Me or Cold Case Christianity.  I enjoy apologetics and listening to thinkers reason about faith and cultural issues.  I was recently listening to J Warner Wallace discuss the issue of abortion with an atheist.  Wallace mentioned to the atheist that his objections to abortion were not based on the Bible but based on pure reason.

I understand that you can’t reason with an atheist using the Bible.  You must use reason.  However, as a Christian I believe that the foundation for our convictions must be the Bible and not reason.  Reason and logic are a reflection of God’s character and the order that He has created.  On the other hand the Scriptures are direct revelation from God.  As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) says:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

God’s Word is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness that we may be complete and equipped for good works.  How can we use anything else as the foundation for our convictions?  Only God’s Word is without error.  I agree that when we are in “arguments” with non-Christians we should use reason but that is not the foundation for our convictions.  It is what we use to convince others of the reasonableness of our positions.  God’s Word is His revelation to us and should be the foundation on which we stand.  Reason is a reflection of his character and we must use reason as we look to His Word and apply it.  We should use reason in the public square but may we never say that Scripture is not the foundation for our beliefs and convictions.


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Do you ever eat the fantastic yogurt that has fruit at the bottom?  The yogurt is tasty but the sweet fruit at the bottom.  Sometimes I stir it up so that I can enjoy the fruit all the way through.  However, sometimes I eat the white yogurt and save the fruit at the bottom to eat by itself.  That way it is extra fruity and extra sweet.


This reminds me how some people read the Bible.  You can read the Bible and just get the main story and then leave it.  You are getting the basic surface level meaning.  You are just eating the white part of the yogurt.  But if you spend the time to dig deep into the Word you will get so much more out of it.  It requires work and time but in the end the Word means so much more and you get deeper truths out of it.  This is like getting the fruit at the bottom.  It is good but you have to get through the white yogurt to get to the fruit.  How would you describe your Bible reading or Bible study pattern?  Are you just getting the white yogurt or are you getting the fruit at the bottom?  How do you go about getting to the fruit at the bottom?

I believe the same is true for preaching.  Those who labor in their sermon preparation are able to give their congregations the fruit at the bottom.  Others who don’t see the value of preaching serve up white yogurt and end up with people are missing out.  Their people end up thinking that there is not much to the Bible when there is so much more.

I love my yogurt, especially when I get to the fruit at the bottom.

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