I think increasingly we are going to need to be not only the bearers of the gospel to others but a people who have answers available to questions such as, “What about the problem of evil? and “How do I know God exists?” We will need to give basic answers to these objections. Typically, the same questions come up over and over again. You won’t need to learn lots of new material with each person you talk to. If we have a mastery of some of the basics, we can really go a long way. And, as we’re evangelizing, as we’re talking about our faith, we will have greater confidence in presenting the gospel and won’t be daunted by the potential questions that might come up, but rather will say, “I believe the Christian faith does a better job of answering these sorts of questions.” —Paul Copan (From the interview: Starting Right Where I Am)
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Works by Paul Copan include:
Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God
True for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith
Did Jesus of Nazareth, “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5), really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion.
Read more at Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible – Biblical Archaeology Society
The Bible has been the most read, and most tested, and the most abused book of all time. It has been used to create cults that destroy families, steal lives, and destroy souls, so many ways that it can be misused. Even Satan himself quotes Psalm 91:11-12 to Jesus in the wilderness. Matt.4:6 Jesus responded by quoting more scripture that shows how Satan was misusing that passage Deut.6:16. Well meaning Christians, as well as wolves in sheep’s clothing can abuse scriptures as well. If you misquote the Bible you can make it say anything that you want. I have even heard of a lady who justified breaking up with her husband so that she could get a new one when she read the words “put on the new man” in the Bible.
There are so many ways to read the Bible wrong it is important that we figure out how God intended us to read it.
Jude 3 tells us that the scriptures was delivered to the Saints once, and it is for all. Since it was delivered once and for all, it isn’t a special message for you and a different message for me. While the way we interpret the Bible can change as we mature in Christ, I can’t expect to find a message specifically for me in the scriptures. It was written once for everyone.
2 Tim 2:15 Says that we should work at correctly teaching the truth, which implies that there is a wrong way to teach it.
2 Peter 3:16-17 teaches that untaught, and unstable people can twist the scriptures to their own destruction., we should be on guard against this or we will be led astray by wicked people.
While it can take a lifetime to process all of the things that the Bible tells us, we can learn a great deal now via careful study. Two of my easiest to understand tips are: Never read just a Bible verse, read the whole chapter before you make any definitive statements about a verse within, and let the Bible interpret the Bible. All of the most significant teachings in the Bible are repeated several times within the Bible. If you find a teaching in the Bible that isn’t to your knowledge repeated in the Bible, get help interpreting it.
My favorite Bible translation, that is easy to understand, and comes with many useful articles to read is Apologetics Study Bible