Questions for non-Christians
Before I became a Christian I thought I was one. I wrote about that here. I believed that God is a Trinity and Jesus is the Son of God and rose from the dead and all that, but if anyone had asked me why I believed that, my response would probably have been, because that’s what I was taught. And then if they had asked, “What evidence can you cite to support your beliefs?” my response would likely have been:
It’s a reasonable question though, don’t you think? And a reasonable person should have a good answer. This of course excludes those who deny the existence of objective truth. They are unreasonable, and for them, “their” truth needs no verification because…who cares? No one else has to believe it, and they need no evidence. But anyone who claims belief in some objective reality should be prepared to provide evidence for that reality.
Many if not most people happily go through life never having to answer the question of evidence, and I suspect that’s one reason why millions of us are deluded. And many of those don’t even care. But imagine if each of us was required to give an answer. Don’t you think hordes would end up abandoning the faith or worldview they professed for one with better evidence?
Perhaps I’m deluded in thinking that most people, when confronted with the lack of a good foundation for their beliefs, would wisely seek something more reliable to stand on. As I’ve interacted with non-theists in my defense of the Christian worldview having given good evidence for my beliefs, if I don’t expressly challenge them to support their beliefs with evidence, I at least try and draw a contrast between my evidential faith and their relative lack of one. None that I know of have turned from their worldview to embrace Christianity, but I think I’ve given them something to think about anyway.
Of course, most of them deny that mine is an evidential faith and focus on poking holes in my case. But even if they were to succeed in discrediting Christianity they would still need to have a good case for their alternative to it. If they don’t buy the Christian worldview they’re buying something else. And that something else needs to have good evidence supporting it for a rational person to consider it worth the expense.
So, “What evidence do you have?” is the first question each of us should have to answer. But there are others I’d like to ask those who espouse a non-Christian worldview. I’ll present those one at a time in upcoming posts.