“Answers For The Honest Skeptic” by Ted Even is a sincere and convincing guide which helps the honest skeptic to see through the false notions of the world which often attempt to counter biblical truth.
In every search for truth known to man, no matter what the issue, there have always been a lot of people convinced on all sides of it. Man as a whole has always been quite self contradicting within his own society. This is one of the greater proofs that even though man can discover the truth, truth itself could not have originated with him, and must come from a singular non-contradicting source outside of man which is both perfect and eternal.
While the many contradicting voices of society may indeed make the search for truth much more challenging, if one with patience and sincerity continues to add up the honest evidence, the real truth is certainly not undiscoverable – any more than life is meaningless! Even though the search for truth is probably a bit messy for most all, it does indeed lead to life for the serious searcher. While honest evidence has never guaranteed a man’s belief in the truth if his heart does not sincerely want the truth, for those honest and sincere, the weight of honest evidence has always had enough convincing power.
The truth of reality cannot be manipulated away by the reasoning of man which is not backed by reality.
Yes, there may be many aspects of reality which mankind has not preferred since the beginning of time. However, since all life giving truth must be perfect, eternal, and non-contradicting by nature, we must then conclude that perfect eternal non-contradicting truth has always stood quite firm all on its own (long before mankind was born), and could never be just wished away by the self contradicting reasonings of imperfect man who may just not prefer it for their own selfish or emotional reasons. One of the foundations of “Answers For The Honest Skeptic” is Christ’s statement in Matthew 18:3 which states: “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” This verse is especially enlightening because it easily establishes that God is playing very fair with all mankind and his eternal salvation is available for all quite apart from even intellectual capabilities. However, while all little children cannot obviously be intellectuals, they are an example to us of not only “being teachable”, but also of being quite honest in a way many adults may fail to be. Thus, Christ says in Matthew 18:3 that it is only through this honest, but child-like faith in him that we can enter the eternal kingdom of God.
How some skeptics may dodge and evade truth
In our present “debating world”, there is a stereotype that true science can have no relationship to biblical faith, and that our latest scientific discoveries only back the ever-changing theory of evolution. However, not only would the many creationist scientific communities today disagree with such assertions, but the majority of all great scientists of the past few centuries before us were in fact Bible believing Christians who made many of their discoveries through the aid of God’s Word in the Bible. And of course the fact that our very troubled present world is racing towards “Armageddon” and a one world government which could easily be ruled by an “Antichrist”, doesn’t give the theory of evolution any more clout either.
What if a self proclaimed atheist is just unwilling to be honest about the reality of God despite all the awesome evidence for him? If their rejection of God is just an emotional one, and they are not sincerely even trying to find the honest evidence which confirms him, then why couldn’t that be a distinct possibility? Why are many atheists always trying to disprove the God they don’t even believe in? Who spends that much time trying to disprove an obvious fairy tale? If God is really not real in their heart and mind, why do they even bother devoting so much time for what they claim is a “laughable fairy tale”?
Nobody spends any time trying to disprove any other obvious fairy tales – why Christ and the Bible then? Who are they really trying to convince – Christians or themselves? And why does the atheist often say “Oh my God!”, whenever they are shocked – if in fact they really don’t believe in him? Just a figure of speech? Then why don’t they use some other figure of speech which is much more fitting to their own professed belief system – like “Oh, my evolution!”. And why does the atheist take the name of God in vain (the God they supposedly don’t believe in) whenever they may be surprised or get hurt? Why don’t they say “Oh, Mother Earth!” instead?
And if wisdom is tied to older age in most every culture of the world all down through history, why is it that the largest group of atheists are younger people, and in the older age brackets the number of atheists greatly decreases? These and many others, are certainly some fair and reasonable questions for the honest skeptic to ponder…