I absolutely 100% believe that if someone honestly wants to know God, or wants to know whether God exists, or anything along those lines…that He gives us enough information to know for sure, and actually guides us through the process of finding out the truth. So when Christians or non-Christians bring up questions about God that I’m familiar with, I just dive in… The truth is out there, and it’s often closer than you think. You know the game 5-degrees to Kevin Bacon? I think it’s really only one or two steps, for even the most distant person to connect to God… just one or two things that need to be seen or understood or to learn. “Well,smarty pants, if it’s so simple, then why doesn’t everyone believe in God?”
Because we have this spiritual/intellectual disorder… I’m not making this up: this is something you can verify for yourself; and doing so is often one of the steps for people to know God is real… Here’s the disorder: We are biased (not impartial) judges of all things having to do with God – because deep down WE want to be our own gods. The Bible’s word for it is Sin. Even religious people who believe in a “God” have it. The way Sin works out with religious people is we tend to remake “god” in own image, so that god cares about only the things that agree with their position… Non-believers have this too: and it’s the real reason they can’t seem to find any reasons to believe in God… like dirty cops who throw away evidence to get an arrest or to make money, we become tone deaf to God-stuff we don’t want to deal with.
The reason I wouldn’t want to be a high school youth pastor is, so many children grow up in churches parroting religious devotion, then they go off to college and realize that if they stop believing in God they can have more fun and do what they want. They come back and give argument after argument as to why God doesn’t exist or why Christianity is untrue – and even if a thoughtful Christian answered their objections perfectly – they still would not change their position… Because if God is not real, then I can do what I want; but if God is real, and this world is crumbling, and we absolutely need Him to be saved, then my life is not really my own to do as I wish…
SO here’s why I think I should debate with people LESS. Even people I care about, and who are smart enough to hear the answer and know the truth… If they’re not ready to hear it – if they lack the intellectual integrity to honestly seek truth, then debating can just make them feel: I’m on this side, and you’re on that side, and we can never agree. And that is not true. We can agree. But in order to do so we BOTH need to be honest and hold to intellectual integrity. The truth is there for people who will submit to it – but in our world people use arguments and ideas as weapons to defend their own positions… Arguing, in that case, only distances us from one another, instead of bringing anyone closer to the Truth.