There are many differences between the religions of the world and few similarities, in spite of contrary spin. And I am familiar with the reasoning and apologetics which set Christianity apart as the only rationally acceptable world view. Over many years of being involved to one extent or another in the understanding, defense, and propagation of Biblical Christianity on many levels, I would like to offer an observation that in my opinion brings a light and a finality to a struggle of seeming endless futility and being distracted from the true mark of my own calling.
Decisions based upon nothing other than intellectual argumentation and dry reasoning that does not result in a true meeting with God is subject to more and more intellectual argumentation and dry reasoning . . . which deceptively becomes an end in itself. And human intellect becomes the actual theme of worship. Like so much waste water circling around an open drain. Never having the object of that faith to anchor on. Argumentation is always subject to more argumentation. Always arbitrary. So any conclusion based solely upon argument is always subject to question and reevaluation.
The best of Apologetics will always leave gaps in the hearing ear . . . room for question and objection. Which leads to more apologetics and more questions and objections ad infinitum. And although the Christian is called to give an answer, it is to be an answer “of the hope that is within him.” I am not opposing apologetics! The Apostle Paul was an apologist!! But I believe we have lost sight of the goal, the objective . . . the very center and reason for all that we have as our purpose of being.
A.W. Tozer said, “We argue the point that “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5). I believe that I can safely assume that the majority of evangelical Christians are familiar with such fundamental theology. That is, they know it theoretically, [and they fiercely proclaim it (my note)]. But it is the experiential aspect of the truth that is not so well presented because it is not so well known by those who present it. Indeed, large numbers of supposedly sound Christian believers know nothing at all about personal communion with God; and there lies one of the greatest weaknesses of present-day Christianity.”
And it is this experiential encounter with the Person of God that “seals the deal” so to speak, and sets the final unshakable reality in the soul that argument can no longer contradict. The experiential knowledge of God is eternal life (John 17:3). All of the gaps in apologetic argument are left as pleasant unknowns to be discovered in the relationship with the God that you KNOW, in perfect confidence that He works all things according to His love for you.
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
It isn’t that I know WHAT I believe, although I certainly do.
It’s that I know WHO I believe!!!!! (My book, “What / Who” expands to a new level!)
And for most in our day, because they know the “what” they think they know the “Who.” And we mistake doctrine and creed for personal experiential communion with the Holy Almighty God as a Person! The emptiness and misery that has mutated out of this error is eternally devastating.
So very much more to be said about this. Seek Him. Seek Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your being. Search deep within yourself in ruthless honesty . . . hold nothing back from Him. Let Him have everything you are, everything you know, every thought, every desire, every plan, every thing, every person, your time, your possessions, your comforts, your health, your life . . . . a complete sacrifice whether living or dying. And when you find that you hit that wall of self that you realize it is impossible to get around . . . and if you are in true self-honesty, you will . . . I pray that God will grant you repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, that you are helpless and undone. Completely unable to do anything to bring Him to yourself. And in brokenness you will cry out to Him for mercy. For it is there, at the end of yourself, that He waits.