Re: Surrounded by Atheists
Almost every survey states that 75% of teens that have been raised as Christians are leaving the faith. I am completely convinced it is because they want answers to questions and that too much of the church doesn't give them. I've worked with youth groups in churches where those numbers seem about right. Where the youth pastor's almost constant refrain is "this person's not walking with the Lord anymore." Youth groups too often are holding tanks with pizza.
I got into apologetics as a teen and here I am in my 40's now still walking with Jesus. Listen to William Lane Craig. He's one of the best. He's got free podcasts. Reasonable Faith is a great book. On Guard is easier if you want to "get your feet wet" first.
Listen to Greg Koukl of STR. William Lane Craig speaks at a very high level and sometimes is difficult to understand. Koukl brings it down to a more understandable level. He has a free podcast. It's three hours most Sundays and if I could only listen to one radio show, it would be Koukl
I just had a younger friend, he's 29, who after being raised in a Christian home, home schooled, pastor's son, just converted to atheism. Why? While it's a good church they don't give the best answers and they listen to some of the lamest apologists in my opinion. They are weak in that area. He and I are getting together for dinner and hopefully we can work through some of the issues in regard to all the atheists he's been reading (I purchase all their books too so I can keep up with what they're saying).
The challenge is real. A boatload of Christians are converting. It's time for the church to wake up about this.
1 Peter 3:15 tells us to give reasons for our faith. Too many Christians instead of giving reasons quote Bible verses at atheists as if they were magical words from Gandalf that do magical things when we say them. It just doesn't work that way.
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