Watching the film and then interviewing Lee Strobel brought out two different thought processes in me. After watching the film, I felt that it didn’t have the academic oomph to “win” the skeptical mind. After our interview, my thinking has changed a bit.
This movie is going to be loved by evangelical Christians and dismissed by skeptics, and maybe even hated by those who have suffered great loss. Then again, movies like this are needed, because they keep the debate moving in the right direction.
Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed — a tiny seed which can grow into a plant large enough for nesting birds — is an illustration of how the Church should grow, and how people from all nations will flock to it. The key here is the gospel, which is His story for His glory.
The gospel is often overburdened by the baggage of the culture, and is in need of discipleship and scriptural authority to release it from the quagmire. For most of us, that quagmire is flawed reason. “There is a way that seems right unto a man, and in the end is destruction,” says the proverb.
I love atheists and skeptics. I really do! They are above board in their rejection of God, while many”religious” folk simply attend church and spout “Christianese.” Even better, atheists and skeptics talk about God and the Bible more often than most “believers” do at Bible studies.
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