Growing DeepGrowing Deepin the Gospel
Defending the GospelDefendingthe Gospel
Why Defend the Gospel?            Why           Defend             the           Gospel?
Why Defend the Gospel?1. It is one of the ways we love others.2. It goes hand-in-hand with evangelism.3. To remove obstacl...
What is Apologetics?
What is Apologetics?It comes from a Greek word apologiawhich means to give a reason ordefense.… always be ready to give a ...
What is Apologetics?Apologetics is presenting reasonabledefenses for the truth of the gospeland Christianity.
Goal of Apologetics
Goal of Apologetics1. To strengthen and to mature the faith   of Christians.2. To remove obstacles and clarify issues   in...
Angry Young Man          Why Do          People         Refuse to         Believe in           God?
Why Believe?He has made everything beautiful inits time. He has also set eternity in thehearts of men; yet they cannot fat...
Why Believe?Even Gentiles, who do not have God’swritten law, show that they know his lawwhen they instinctively obey it, e...
Why Believe?The heavens proclaim the glory ofGod. The skies display hiscraftsmanship. Day after day theycontinue to speak;...
Why Believe?...since what may be known about Godis plain to them, because God hasmade it plain to them. For since thecreat...
Face in Shadow
Bible
Why Unbelief?The human heart is the most deceitfulof all things, and desperately wicked.Who really knows how bad it is?   ...
Why Unbelief?Woe to those who call evil goodand good evil,who put darknessfor light and light for darkness,        Isaiah ...
Why Unbelief?“The atheist does the opposite of the regularidolater. He quote-mines the Scriptures andsearches out the hars...
Why Unbelief?The fool says in his heart, “There is noGod.” They are corrupt, their deeds arevile; there is no one who does...
Why Unbelief?But people who aren’t spiritual can’treceive these truths from God’s Spirit. It allsounds foolish to them and...
Why Unbelief?And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiledto those who are perishing. The god of thisage has blinded the ...
Why Unbelief?This is the verdict: Light has come into theworld, but people loved darkness insteadof light because their de...
Why Unbelief?You, dear children, are from God and haveovercome them, because the one who is inyou is greater than the one ...
Why Unbelief?With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live nolonger as the Gentiles do, for they arehopelessly confused. Thei...
Why Unbelief?The wrath of God is being revealed fromheaven against all the godlessness andwickedness of people, who suppre...
Why Unbelief?For although they knew God, they neitherglorified him as God nor gave thanks tohim, but their thinking became...
Why Unbelief?Therefore God gave them over in the sinfuldesires of their hearts to sexual impurityfor the degrading of thei...
Why Unbelief?Because of this, God gave them over toshameful lusts. Even their womenexchanged natural sexual relations foru...
Why Unbelief?Furthermore, just as they did not thinkit worthwhile to retain the knowledgeof God, so God gave them over to ...
Why Unbelief?They have become filled with everykind of wickedness, evil, greed anddepravity. They are full of envy,murder,...
Why Unbelief?Although they know God’s righteousdecree that those who do such thingsdeserve death, they not only continue t...
Why People Refuse to Believe1. Their hearts are deceitful, wicked, darkened   and hard.2. They love sin and darkness; hate...
The Making of an Atheist“How do leading atheists account fortheir unbelief? As one reads Dawkins,Dennett, Harris, and Hitc...
Problem of Evil...one cannot, whether by appeals toevil or anything else, eliminate theneed to explain the existence of th...
Scientic IrrelevancyThe notion that science is sufficientto account for all of humanknowledge and experiences.Naturalism ...
Descent into Atheism1. Precipitated by some personal rebellion.2. Withdrawal from contact with fellow   believers.3. Growi...
Descent into AtheismBecause God failed to live up to theirexpectations or allowed something badto happen.
Willful RebellionFaith of the Fatherless by Paul C. Vitz,t e a c h e s p s y c h o l o g y a t N e w Yo r kUniversity. (at...
Willful RebellionReflecting on his change of mind, Vitzobserves that his “reasons” forbecoming an atheist in the first pla...
Willful Rebellion“The philosophical systems and socialideals of many modern intellectuals weredecided by their will to be ...
Willful Rebellion“There are ultimately only twoalternatives in the intellectual life: eitherone conforms desire to truth o...
Willful Rebellion“For myself as, no doubt, for most of mycontemporaries, the philosophy ofmeaningless was essentially an i...
Willful Rebellion“We don’t know because we don’t want toknow. It is our will that decides how andupon what subjects we sha...
Willful Rebellion“I want atheism to be true and am madeuneasy by the fact that some of the mostintelligent and well-inform...
Descent into Atheism Summary“The descent into atheism is caused by acomplex of moral-psychological factors,not a perceived...
Willful Blindness“This is where our willful blindnessoriginates: in the innate human desirefor familiarity, for likeness, ...
Willful Blindness“That we fight so hard to protect ourself-esteem is a universal. It doesn’tmatter how successful or wealt...
Willful Blindness“It feels easier to be blind than to dealwith uncomfortable feelings.”
Willful Blindness“If you maintain an illusion, you don’thave to make the hard choices. Life justgoes on. But if you accept...
Willful Blindness“Nations, institutions, individuals can allbe blinded by love, by the need to believethemselves good and ...
Willful Blindness“Much of our identity is defined bywhat we believe and we actively seekconfirmation of those beliefs. Act...
Willful Blindness“Fear of change and fear of conflict havethe same effect.”
Willful Blindness“As human beings, we are highly drivento find and to protect the relationshipsthat make us feel good abou...
Why Willful Blindness?1. To feel good about ourselves2. To confirm our sense of self-worth3. To protect our self-esteem, e...
Heart Idols1. Comfort/Security2. Affirmation/Approval3. Power/Control
What Can We Do to   HelpPeople Find   God?
Address the Heart1. Pray for God to open their hearts - Acts 16:142. Pray for wisdom and guidance3. Love them and invite t...
Show ThemFor those God foreknew he alsopredestined to be conformed to the imageof his Son, that he might be the firstborna...
Show Them… just as He chose us in Him before thefoundation of the world, that we should beholy and without blame before Hi...
Encourage ThemBut if from there you seek the Lord yourGod, you will find him if you seek him withall your heart and with a...
Encourage Them…For the Lord sees every heart and knowsevery plan and thought. If you seek him,you will find him. But if yo...
Encourage ThemAnd you will seek Me and find Me, whenyou search for Me with all your heart.        Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJ)
Encourage ThemFrom one man he made all the nations, thatthey should inhabit the whole earth; and hemarked out their appoin...
Encourage ThemFor there is no difference between Jew andGentile—the same Lord is Lord of all andrichly blesses all who cal...
Encourage ThemAnd it is impossible to please Godwithout faith. Anyone who wants tocome to him must believe that Godexists ...
Questions to AskWhat do you mean that you don’t believe in God?Why do you believe there is no God?If there is no God how d...
What is Needed Most    A Humble and Sincere Heart…God resists the proud, but gives graceto the humble.Humble yourselves in...
A Humble Prayer“God, if You are real, I want You in my life.I beg You, please open up my heart to Youand give me understan...
ReectionHow would you summarize why peoplerefuse to believe in God?What are the best things we can do tohelp people belie...
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Last Word Take a hold of the gospel soJesus can take a  hold of you!
Last Word Take a hold of the gospel soJesus can take a  hold of you!
Last Word      Take a hold of      the gospel so    Jesus can take aThe Lord is not slow in keeping hispromise, as some un...
17. Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
17. Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
17. Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
17. Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
17. Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
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This is the 18th teaching in our series “Growing Deep in the Gospel” and is the second one dealing with defending the gospel. In this study we answered the question “Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?”. To start we looked at Bible verses that showed us why people should believe in God and why people don’t. Then we looked at quotes from two books that showed us why people don’t believe from different perspectives and we finished by looking how we could help people to find God.

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  1. 1. Growing DeepGrowing Deepin the Gospel
  2. 2. Defending the GospelDefendingthe Gospel
  3. 3. Why Defend the Gospel? Why Defend the Gospel?
  4. 4. Why Defend the Gospel?1. It is one of the ways we love others.2. It goes hand-in-hand with evangelism.3. To remove obstacles to belief.4. It helps Christians to know their faith.5. To protect the Church from heresy.6. To follow the Biblical examples.7. Because the Bible tells us to.
  5. 5. What is Apologetics?
  6. 6. What is Apologetics?It comes from a Greek word apologiawhich means to give a reason ordefense.… always be ready to give a defenseto everyone who asks you a reasonfor the hope that is in you… 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJ)
  7. 7. What is Apologetics?Apologetics is presenting reasonabledefenses for the truth of the gospeland Christianity.
  8. 8. Goal of Apologetics
  9. 9. Goal of Apologetics1. To strengthen and to mature the faith of Christians.2. To remove obstacles and clarify issues in order to bring unbelievers to a recognition of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and have them repent and put their faith in Him.
  10. 10. Angry Young Man Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
  11. 11. Why Believe?He has made everything beautiful inits time. He has also set eternity in thehearts of men; yet they cannot fathomwhat God has done from beginning toend. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV 84)
  12. 12. Why Believe?Even Gentiles, who do not have God’swritten law, show that they know his lawwhen they instinctively obey it, evenwithout having heard it. They demonstratethat God’s law is written in their hearts, fortheir own conscience and thoughts eitheraccuse them or tell them they are doingright. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, throughChrist Jesus, will judge everyone’s secretlife. Romans 2:14-16 (NLT)
  13. 13. Why Believe?The heavens proclaim the glory ofGod. The skies display hiscraftsmanship. Day after day theycontinue to speak; night after nightthey make him known. Psalm 19:1-2 (NLT)
  14. 14. Why Believe?...since what may be known about Godis plain to them, because God hasmade it plain to them. For since thecreation of the world God’s invisiblequalities—his eternal power and divinenature—have been clearly seen, beingunderstood from what has been made,so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20 (NIV)
  15. 15. Face in Shadow
  16. 16. Bible
  17. 17. Why Unbelief?The human heart is the most deceitfulof all things, and desperately wicked.Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT)
  18. 18. Why Unbelief?Woe to those who call evil goodand good evil,who put darknessfor light and light for darkness, Isaiah 5:20 (NIV)
  19. 19. Why Unbelief?“The atheist does the opposite of the regularidolater. He quote-mines the Scriptures andsearches out the harsher judgments of God,and builds an image of God he finds to berepulsive. Then, once he has made his idol,he flatly rejects it. And so he should. Theimage that he has made of God is evil. It iswithout love and mercy. And so the atheisthas the same problem as the idolater. Theimage only exists in the atheist’s place ofimagery...in his imagination.” Ray Comfort
  20. 20. Why Unbelief?The fool says in his heart, “There is noGod.” They are corrupt, their deeds arevile; there is no one who does good. TheLord looks down from heaven on allmankind to see if there are any whounderstand, any who seek God. All haveturned away, all have become corrupt;there is no one who does good, not evenone. Psalm 14:1-3 (NIV)
  21. 21. Why Unbelief?But people who aren’t spiritual can’treceive these truths from God’s Spirit. It allsounds foolish to them and they can’tunderstand it, for only those who arespiritual can understand what the Spiritmeans. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)
  22. 22. Why Unbelief?And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiledto those who are perishing. The god of thisage has blinded the minds of unbelievers,so that they cannot see the light of thegospel that displays the glory of Christ,who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NIV)
  23. 23. Why Unbelief?This is the verdict: Light has come into theworld, but people loved darkness insteadof light because their deeds were evil.Everyone who does evil hates the light,and will not come into the light for fear thattheir deeds will be exposed. But whoeverlives by the truth comes into the light, sothat it may be seen plainly that what theyhave done has been done in the sight ofGod. John 3:19-21 (NIV)
  24. 24. Why Unbelief?You, dear children, are from God and haveovercome them, because the one who is inyou is greater than the one who is in theworld. They are from the world andtherefore speak from the viewpoint of theworld, and the world listens to them. Weare from God, and whoever knows Godlistens to us; but whoever is not from Goddoes not listen to us. This is how werecognize the Spirit of truth and the spiritof falsehood. 1 John 4:4-6 (NIV)
  25. 25. Why Unbelief?With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live nolonger as the Gentiles do, for they arehopelessly confused. Their minds are fullof darkness; they wander far from the lifeGod gives because they have closed theirminds and hardened their hearts againsthim. They have no sense of shame. Theylive for lustful pleasure and eagerlypractice every kind of impurity. Ephesians 4:17-19 (NLT)
  26. 26. Why Unbelief?The wrath of God is being revealed fromheaven against all the godlessness andwickedness of people, who suppress thetruth by their wickedness, since what maybe known about God is plain to them,because God has made it plain to them.For since the creation of the world God’sinvisible qualities—his eternal power anddivine nature—have been clearly seen,being understood from what has beenmade, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)
  27. 27. Why Unbelief?For although they knew God, they neitherglorified him as God nor gave thanks tohim, but their thinking became futile andtheir foolish hearts were darkened.Although they claimed to be wise, theybecame fools and exchanged the glory ofthe immortal God for images made to looklike a mortal human being and birds andanimals and reptiles. Romans 1:21-23 (NIV)
  28. 28. Why Unbelief?Therefore God gave them over in the sinfuldesires of their hearts to sexual impurityfor the degrading of their bodies with oneanother. They exchanged the truth aboutGod for a lie, and worshiped and servedcreated things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:24-25 (NIV)
  29. 29. Why Unbelief?Because of this, God gave them over toshameful lusts. Even their womenexchanged natural sexual relations forunnatural ones. In the same way the menalso abandoned natural relations withwomen and were inflamed with lust for oneanother. Men committed shameful actswith other men, and received inthemselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:26-27 (NIV)
  30. 30. Why Unbelief?Furthermore, just as they did not thinkit worthwhile to retain the knowledgeof God, so God gave them over to adepraved mind, so that they do whatought not to be done. Romans 1:28 (NIV)
  31. 31. Why Unbelief?They have become filled with everykind of wickedness, evil, greed anddepravity. They are full of envy,murder, strife, deceit and malice. Theyare gossips,slanderers, God-haters,insolent, arrogant and boastful; theyinvent ways of doing evil; they disobeytheir parents; they have nounderstanding, no fidelity, no love, nomercy. Romans 1:29-31 (NIV)
  32. 32. Why Unbelief?Although they know God’s righteousdecree that those who do such thingsdeserve death, they not only continue todo these very things but also approve ofthose who practice them. Romans 1:32 (NIV)
  33. 33. Why People Refuse to Believe1. Their hearts are deceitful, wicked, darkened and hard.2. They love sin and darkness; hate God and the light; want to be their own god.3. They are alienated from God and His life.4. Their minds are corrupt, they suppress the truth, their thinking is futile, they are ignorant and are enemies in their minds.5. They are not thankful.6. They are prideful and arrogant.7. They are blinded by Satan.
  34. 34. The Making of an Atheist“How do leading atheists account fortheir unbelief? As one reads Dawkins,Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens, twoprincipal lines of argument emerge:the problem of evil and the scientificirrelevancy of God.”
  35. 35. Problem of Evil...one cannot, whether by appeals toevil or anything else, eliminate theneed to explain the existence of theuniverse.At most, evil should prompt us toreconsider what kind of God exists,not whether God exists.
  36. 36. Scientic IrrelevancyThe notion that science is sufficientto account for all of humanknowledge and experiences.Naturalism can explain neither theexistence of the cosmos nor its vastinstances of design.
  37. 37. Descent into Atheism1. Precipitated by some personal rebellion.2. Withdrawal from contact with fellow believers.3. Growing doubts about their faith.4. Continued indulgence in sin.5. Conscious rejection of God.
  38. 38. Descent into AtheismBecause God failed to live up to theirexpectations or allowed something badto happen.
  39. 39. Willful RebellionFaith of the Fatherless by Paul C. Vitz,t e a c h e s p s y c h o l o g y a t N e w Yo r kUniversity. (atheist who became Catholic)Intellectuals by 20th century historianPaul Johnson.Degenerate Moderns by E. Michael Jones
  40. 40. Willful RebellionReflecting on his change of mind, Vitzobserves that his “reasons” forbecoming an atheist in the first place,during his college years, were notintellectual so much as social andpsychological.
  41. 41. Willful Rebellion“The philosophical systems and socialideals of many modern intellectuals weredecided by their will to be immoral, nottheir quest for truth. They wrote thebooks they did to suit their personallives, not vice versa.” Paul Johnson
  42. 42. Willful Rebellion“There are ultimately only twoalternatives in the intellectual life: eitherone conforms desire to truth or oneconforms truth to desire...” E. Michael Jones
  43. 43. Willful Rebellion“For myself as, no doubt, for most of mycontemporaries, the philosophy ofmeaningless was essentially an instrumentof liberation. The liberation we desired wassimultaneously liberation from a certainpolitical and economic system andliberation from a certain system of morality.We objected to the morality because itinterfered with our sexual freedom.” Aldous Huxley
  44. 44. Willful Rebellion“We don’t know because we don’t want toknow. It is our will that decides how andupon what subjects we shall use ourintelligence. Those who detect no meaningin the world generally do so because, forone reason or another, it suits their booksthat the world should be meaningless.” Aldous Huxley
  45. 45. Willful Rebellion“I want atheism to be true and am madeuneasy by the fact that some of the mostintelligent and well-informed people I knoware religious believers. It isn’t just that Idon’t believe in God, and, naturally, hopethat I’m right about my belief. It’s that Ihope there is no God! I don’t want there tobe a God; I don’t want the universe to belike that.” Thomas Nagel - Atheist Philosopher
  46. 46. Descent into Atheism Summary“The descent into atheism is caused by acomplex of moral-psychological factors,not a perceived lack of evidence for God’sexistence. The atheist willfully rejectsGod, though this is precipitated byimmoral indulgences and typically abroken relationship with his or her father.Thus the choice of the atheistic paradigmis motivated by non-rational factors,some of which are psychological andsome of which are moral in nature.” James S. Spiegel
  47. 47. Willful Blindness“This is where our willful blindnessoriginates: in the innate human desirefor familiarity, for likeness, that isfundamental to the ways our mindswork.”
  48. 48. Willful Blindness“That we fight so hard to protect ourself-esteem is a universal. It doesn’tmatter how successful or wealthypeople are. They all need to feel they’regood people, even, or especially, whenthey’re bad.”
  49. 49. Willful Blindness“It feels easier to be blind than to dealwith uncomfortable feelings.”
  50. 50. Willful Blindness“If you maintain an illusion, you don’thave to make the hard choices. Life justgoes on. But if you accept reality, itforces a huge decision and many peoplewant to avoid that.”
  51. 51. Willful Blindness“Nations, institutions, individuals can allbe blinded by love, by the need to believethemselves good and worthy and valued.We simply could not function if webelieved ourselves to be otherwise. Butwhen we are blind to the flaws and failingsof what we love, we aren’t effective either.As Colm O’Gorman said, we makeourselves powerless when we pretend wedon’t know. That is the paradox ofblindness: We think it will make us safeeven as it puts us in danger.”
  52. 52. Willful Blindness“Much of our identity is defined bywhat we believe and we actively seekconfirmation of those beliefs. Actually,we go even further: Our brains treatdifferently any information that mightchallenge our closely held beliefs.”
  53. 53. Willful Blindness“Fear of change and fear of conflict havethe same effect.”
  54. 54. Willful Blindness“As human beings, we are highly drivento find and to protect the relationshipsthat make us feel good about ourselvesand that make us feel safe. That’s whywe marry people like us, live inneighbourhoods full of people like us,and work with people like us. Each oneof those mirrors confirms our sense ofself-worth.”
  55. 55. Why Willful Blindness?1. To feel good about ourselves2. To confirm our sense of self-worth3. To protect our self-esteem, even if we’re bad4. To avoid uncomfortable feelings5. So you don’t have to make hard choices6. To believe we are good, worthy and valued7. To confirm what we already believe8. To feel safe and avoid change and conflict
  56. 56. Heart Idols1. Comfort/Security2. Affirmation/Approval3. Power/Control
  57. 57. What Can We Do to HelpPeople Find God?
  58. 58. Address the Heart1. Pray for God to open their hearts - Acts 16:142. Pray for wisdom and guidance3. Love them and invite them into your life4. Live out the gospel in front on them5. Show them that no one comes to God in their own power or thinking6. Encourage them to seek God7. Ask Questions8. Show them what is needed most to find God
  59. 59. Show ThemFor those God foreknew he alsopredestined to be conformed to the imageof his Son, that he might be the firstbornamong many brothers and sisters. Andthose he predestined, he also called; thosehe called, he also justified; those hejustified, he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)
  60. 60. Show Them… just as He chose us in Him before thefoundation of the world, that we should beholy and without blame before Him in love,having predestined us to adoption as sonsby Jesus Christ to Himself, according tothe good pleasure of His will, Ephesians 1:4-5 (NKJ)
  61. 61. Encourage ThemBut if from there you seek the Lord yourGod, you will find him if you seek him withall your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV)
  62. 62. Encourage Them…For the Lord sees every heart and knowsevery plan and thought. If you seek him,you will find him. But if you forsake him, hewill reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT)
  63. 63. Encourage ThemAnd you will seek Me and find Me, whenyou search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJ)
  64. 64. Encourage ThemFrom one man he made all the nations, thatthey should inhabit the whole earth; and hemarked out their appointed times in historyand the boundaries of their lands. God didthis so that they would seek him andperhaps reach out for him and find him,though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:26-27 (NIV)
  65. 65. Encourage ThemFor there is no difference between Jew andGentile—the same Lord is Lord of all andrichly blesses all who call on him, for,“Everyone who calls on the name of theLord will be saved.” Romans 10:12-13 (NIV)
  66. 66. Encourage ThemAnd it is impossible to please Godwithout faith. Anyone who wants tocome to him must believe that Godexists and that he rewards those whosincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
  67. 67. Questions to AskWhat do you mean that you don’t believe in God?Why do you believe there is no God?If there is no God how did the universe come intoexistence?If God was real would you want Him in your life?Why are you so angry when I talk about God?
  68. 68. What is Needed Most A Humble and Sincere Heart…God resists the proud, but gives graceto the humble.Humble yourselves in the sight of theLord, and He will lift you up. James 4:6, 10 (NKJ)
  69. 69. A Humble Prayer“God, if You are real, I want You in my life.I beg You, please open up my heart to Youand give me understanding of You and thetruth.”
  70. 70. ReectionHow would you summarize why peoplerefuse to believe in God?What are the best things we can do tohelp people believe in God?
  71. 71. Growing DeepGrow Deep!
  72. 72. ManReading Bible
  73. 73. despreisus.roDespreisus.ro upper part
  74. 74. Despreisus.ro lower part
  75. 75. Last Word Take a hold of the gospel soJesus can take a hold of you!
  76. 76. Last Word Take a hold of the gospel soJesus can take a hold of you!
  77. 77. Last Word Take a hold of the gospel so Jesus can take aThe Lord is not slow in keeping hispromise, as some understand slowness.wanting hold of you!everyoneInstead he is patient with you, not anyone to perish, butto come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

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