As our children prepare to witness for Christ, we want to help them understand that others may be skeptical of Christ’s claims. Hear author Bill Foster talk with host Mike Farris about challenging spiritual skeptics to reconsider the claims of Christ, on today’s Home School Heartbeat.
Bill, please explain some of the root ideas of spiritual skepticism.
Okay, spiritual skepticism includes both formal religions outside of Christianity as well as self–made spirituality. But one thing that all forms of spirituality besides Christianity have in common is that they rely on the works of flawed people in an attempt to reach a perfect place. So we can say that this spiritual root idea is good works get you to heaven or wherever it is that you’re trying to go.
What are some of the red flag words that might indicate that a person is dealing with a spiritual skeptic?
Red flag words are those words that people redefine in order to slant the conversation in their direction. A red flag should go up in our head when we hear them. For example, words like “enlightened,” “karma,” and “organized religion” are spiritual red flag words. So when we hear words like these, we need to stop and ask: what do you mean by that? Because the actual meaning is usually not what the skeptic thinks it is. Is so-called organized religion a bad thing because it relies on established doctrines and sacred text, or is it bad because the skeptic didn’t create those doctrines himself? Probably the latter.
Bill, this is just fascinating to me. Listeners, I want you to tune in next time to find out how to approach the skeptic who asks, “How can you say your values are better than mine?” I’m Mike Farris.