When I was a believer and tried using apologetics to win people to Jesus, I concluded that apologetics was not for the unbeliever, but for the believer himself. What I mean is, apologetics never worked when I used them. I realized that all apologetics does is further confirm what the believer already believes. As far as actually converting a true skeptic, it rarely works. And me now being on the other side, this hypothesis is further confirmed.
My original plans for this post was to list a few, err umm… numerous apologetic claims and explain why they don’t work. I started with the few that were fresh in my mind and you can see those below. However, I ventured over to the Institute for Creation Research’s website to see what they had to say about a few things. What they have on their website just proves the point of this post. They give ridiculous arguments that have so many holes, it isn’t worth my time going through them all. It’s just like bronchitis… ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!” Anyone serious about ICR’s claims can take the time to search for what science actually says.
Apologetic Claim No. 1
Jesus appeared to over 500 people after his resurrection.
To the believer, this sounds awesome. But the believer already believes what the Bible claims. And the only place this is mentioned is the Bible, in a single letter of Paul’s (1 Corinthians 15:6). Paul does not name these 500 people, nor did they ever come forward, or write anything down (unless you count the 15 or so disciples and women). If this had been found in some other historical document, like in the writings of Josephus, then it would more convincing.
Apologetic Claim No. 2
Many bodies of the saints rose out of their graves upon Jesus’ death.
Again, no one else writes about this miraculous event. We would expect that if there had been an earthquake that opened graves and people actually came out of them, more people would have noticed.
Apologetic Claim No. 3
Jesus fulfilled over 300 Old Testament messianic prophecies.
Pretty much all of the “prophecies” Jesus fulfilled were not prophecies at all. They were actually past events which, either Matthew attributed to Jesus or over time, the Church did. One exception is after Adam and Eve at of the fruit, God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This is a future event. However, it’s fulfillment was not in Jesus.
The Church claims this prophecies is that Jesus will one day crush Satan’s head. This comes from Galatians 3:16 where Paul says that the word “seed” implies to one offspring, meaning Jesus. The problem with this claim is the Hebrew word for seed can be plural just like it can in English. Additionally, if the serpent is Satan, how can Satan be an offspring of himself? The verses simply means that humans and snakes will be at odds with one another.
Apologetic Claim No. 4
If left to chance, it is unlikely that any place in the universe could support life.
Yes, we know this. We realize that there is like a billion to one chance that life could exist randomly. If you think about how vast the universe actually is and how small the earth is, we ARE that billion to one chance!
Apologetic Claim No. 5
The Earth was specially placed at the right distance from the sun to support life… or the Earth perfectly supports life through its water cycles, etc.
I am not denying the existence of a creator, however, these claim are not evidence of one. Claims such as these put the cart before the horse. Instead of assuming the earth was specially placed at the right distance, at the right location in the universe or is specially designed to support life, it could be that we are here BECAUSE this is the only place that CAN support life. We could be the result rather than the reason.
Apologetic Claim No. 6
If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?
This is not really a claim, but rather an argument, nevertheless…
Evolution does not necessarily replace an earlier species with a newer species. Evolution is the branching off of one or more species from a parent species. It is a gradual change resulting from genetic mutations. Yes, some species end up dying off (99% of all species that ever existed are now extinct). But just because two species are closely related, does not mean they can’t co-exist. By the way, we didn’t evolved from monkeys. Evidence shows that we share a common ancestor with chimpanzees. Our DNA is 96% the same.
That’s all for now. I may post more later… as long as I survive banging my head against a wall.