James Warner Wallace on asking a simple question: “Why are you a Christian?”

 

Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by [Wallace, J. Warner]

One of the most well known Christian apologist at the present time is James Warner Wallace.

The good news is that he has a brand new book out called Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith.

He says the following in the book:

“I’ve been speaking around the country for a number of years now. I often address church groups of one nature or another, and when I do, I usually begin by asking a simple question: “Why are you a Christian?” The response I get is sometimes disappointing. Typically, attendees provide responses in one of the following broad categories:

Answer 1: “I was raised in the church” / “My parents were Christians” / “I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember”

Answer 2: “I’ve had an experience that convinced me” / “The Holy Spirit confirmed it for me” / “God demonstrated His existence to me” 

Answer 3: “I was changed by Jesus” / “I used to be [fill in your choice of immoral lifestyle], and God changed my life”

Answer 4: “Because I just know the Bible is true” / “Because God called me to believe”

As often as I ask this question, I seldom receive anything other than these four responses. If you were asked this question, which answer would you give? Some of these are good answers, but others are not. If you’re a Christian simply because you’ve been raised in the church, how can you be sure Christianity is true? If you’re a Christian because you’ve had a transformative experience, how do you know if this experience is truly from the God described on the pages of the New Testament? The four responses provided by my Christian audiences today are also the four answers my Mormon friends offer when asked why they believe Mormonism is true. In fact, the vast majority of believers in any religion—from Buddhist to Baptist—are likely to offer the same responses. While these kinds of answers are common, they are not sufficient.”

In my own experience, I have seen the same thing that Wallace sees. In this new book by him, he offers some very helpful tips on some ways we can help fix this issue.

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