Foolish Faith

“I thank you, High God – You’re breath-taking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made.” (Psalm 139:14; The Message)

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On a clearance rack at a bookstore I came across “Foolish Faith” by Judah Etinger. I e-mailed the author and asked him what prompted him to write the book, and promptly received a response. Here’s an excerpt:

Nick, I was born in Israel, but was raised in Toronto, Canada since the age of six. My parents became Christians when I was very young, and so I grew up going to church, but was never taught the apologetics of Christianity. So I had to do the research myself. “Foolish Faith” is largely the result of myself having grown up going to a secular school, often getting into philosophical and religious discussions / debates with my friends and peers. As I entered my early twenties, I began compiling pages of notes on these topics as I researched them. I would give copies of the notes to people as we discussed the issues. Eventually these ‘notes’ became chapters, which ultimately led to the book “Foolish Faith.”

“Apologetics,” means “a reasoned/logical defense”, derived from the Greek term, “apologia, (ἀπολογία)” Peter used in 1 Peter 3:15. Part of Etinger’s argument for the existence of God is found in what is commonly known as “intelligent design” (the intelligent design of the human body.)

Etinger writes,

“In the biological world of living things lie the most complex concepts of engineering known to mankind. The Encyclopedia Britannica concedes, “A living cell is a marvel of detailed and complex architecture…. The information content of a single cell…[is] comparable to about one hundred million pages of Encyclopedia Britannica.” (That’s just the amount of information per single cell. But, how many cells do we have?) The human body comprises a conglomeration of some 100,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 14th power) cells which work together in perfect harmony to maintain human life.”

Etinger continues:

“Renowned Cambridge mathematician, Sir Frederick Hoyle, uses the following analogy to try and convey the immensity of the problem associated with evolution (natural selection). He calculates the odds of an accidental formation of a single, simple living cell (remember the number of cells within the human body, cited above) as equal to the chances of a tornado blowing through a junkyard containing all the parts of a 747 and just accidentally assembling it so as to leave it sitting there all set for take-off….Although not a creationist/believer, Hoyle’s calculations have convinced him that there must have been some ‘intelligence’ behind the emergence of life on earth.”

“For You did form my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb; …..Body and soul, I am marvelously made.”

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Blessing That Comes With Sharing Our Faith

“And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself….This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others.”
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

“Dad, guess what!!”

As a parent, when your 16 year old daughter calls and begins a phone call like that you’re mind, in a nano-second, is trying to decide, “Is this going to be good, or bad?”

This was going to be good.

But, let me back up a little to the night before that phone call.

Kelsie came into my bedroom and asked, “Dad, what do you say to someone who says, ‘Prove to me there’s a God.” On a daily basis, both at school and at work, she’s surrounded by skeptics, cynics, and people who, for one reason or another, are simply not interested in talking religion, Christianity, etc. But she knows God’s placed her there strategically, on purpose. So we visited and prayed.

Fast-forward about 18 hours to her phone call: “Dad, guess what?!!”

She talked so fast I could hardly keep up. She told me of how God provided an opportunity for her to share her faith with an individual at the mall only minutes before. As Kelsie put it, “Dad, I got to witness to this guy hard core!” She went on. “I got to talk about the crucifixion and resurrection! Dad, I got to ask them, ‘Have you ever really investigated the claims of Christ?” She added, “Dad, it was awesome. We had a great visit. I think I planted some seeds!”

Indeed you did, Kelsie.

When’s the last time you had the privilege of sharing your faith?

Doug Fields, Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church in southern California wrote this statement years ago in a devotional about this very topic: “Evangelism is all about love and I did a good job of loving the churched kids, I just didn’t love the lost.…I lost sight of the lost.”

One last thing: it appears that “sharing our faith” is “God’s grace & power at work” on several levels. Paul wrote, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Philemon 6

Sharing our faith blesses not only the listener, but the “sharer”, as well.

Soli Deo Gloria, nw