Unanswerable Argument

In the face of religious opposition, we may defend our belief in Christ in a variety of ways. We may argue for the Bible on the basis of archaeological evidence. Or, we may rely on its scientific foreknowledge. We might even choose to use examples of fulfilled prophecy as proof of the Bible’s inspiration. All of these are viable forms of argumentation, but there remains one unanswerable argument. This argument, when properly used, will utterly confound the enemies of Christianity. Are you interested? Then, let us proceed.

In the fourth chapter of the book of Acts, we read about two ordinary fishermen who had become followers of Jesus Christ. They were arrested for proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. When the Council assembled for the purpose of dealing with these men, they observed that a change had taken place within them. The text says that “…as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply” (Acts 4:13-14). There was nothing they could say—it was an unanswerable argument! They could not deny the miracle that these men had performed in the name of their Lord.

We are not in a position to do what Peter and John did through the special gifts they had received through the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). However, the fact remains that good works provide an amazing, if not unanswerable argument, in our lives as well. The works we do out of love for Jesus demonstrate to the world our faith in Him. As James pointed out, “someone may well say, ‘You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works’” (Jas. 2:18). Works done for the Lord demonstrate our faith and shine like a beacon in a world of darkness. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16). We will have little lasting effect on the world if we argue for Christ merely on the basis of words. Actions that reinforce and illustrate our message bring things together in a way that attracts the seeking heart.

The world may ridicule our faith in God. People may mock our good behavior in Christ. But, they can never adequately answer the argument rendered by changed lives that are filled with good works offered in the name of Jesus. Remember that one unanswerable argument for Christianity is Christianity!

 

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