When talking to non-believers about the Bible, it’s important for Christians to remember that God tells us in bold terms that the root problem is often not a non-believer’s view of the Bible but instead, their view of the author of the Bible that keeps them from faith.
All people, despite what they say, know there is a God because He is clearly seen through His creation, and through His moral law that has been written on the hearts of all men (Romans 1:20, 2:15).
Still, non-believers suppress the truth in unrighteousness because their proud hearts are rebellious and they do not want to submit to it (Romans 1:18, 1:21–23, 2:14–15).
When people reject the Bible’s historical accounts of Creation, a global flood, and/or the resurection of Christ, for example, Peter says they are willfully ignorant (2 Peter 3:5). It’s not a matter of evidence; they just don’t want to be convinced.
So it can be a mistake to proceed as though the main problem is a lack of knowledge or convincing evidence with non-believers who have a heart problem that has caused them to reject the God of the Bible even before they begin to consider whether His Word could possibly be true.
Modern intellectuals, as they call themselves, are no different from the proud Greeks of Paul’s day, who lived in the futility of their thinking. They too were darkened in their understanding… because of the blindness of their hearts (Ephesians 4:17–18).
So, how do you break through this stubbornness?
Thankfully, God’s Spirit is already at work convicting sinners of their unbelief, using His Word as His primary tool. By relying on the Scripture’s own claims, rather than wisdom or clever arguments, God empowers His words (not apologists) to convict hearts and point non-believers to Christ (see John 16:12–15 and Hebrews 4:12).
Knowing this, the apostle Paul did not rely on persuasive words of human wisdom to overwhelm his listeners with intellectual arguments they might not even grasp (1 Corinthians 2:4). Instead, Paul spoke plainly to sinners “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that their faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
I said all that to say, although sophisticated apologetics, philosophy, and appeals to reason are often useful, sometimes a simple presentation of the Gospel is all that’s needed.
We were created to have a relationship with God, but He did not make us to automatically love and obey Him. Instead, He gave us a will and freedom to choose.
From the very beginning, we chose to disobey God and run our own lives, this is what the Bible calls sin.
The result of sin is an empty life of separation from God that will eventually lead to eternal separation from God.
The Bible says:
“All have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God.”
– Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 6:23
People try to fill the emptiness in their lives and build a bridge to God by doing good things but they always fall short.
The Bible says:
“There is a way that seems right to man but its end is the way of death.”
– Proverbs 14:12
“Not by works of righteousness which we havr done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”
– Titus 3:5
In order to bridge the gap between God and peoples, God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, inton the world.
He died for our sins on the cross and rose from the grave.
This opened the way to forgiveness and a new relationship with God.
The Bible says:
“But God demonstrated His love for us in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Romans 5:6
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
God has done everything necessary to provide forgiveness to all who ask for it. We accept this forgiveness by trusting what Jesus did for us on the cross and receiving Him as our Lord.