According to a recent article on Research & Trends in America, biblical illiteracy is one of the defining characteristics of unchurched families. This doesn’t, however, mean that people aren’t interested in talking about Scripture or spiritual topics. If you hear a person say “I don’t believe the Bible,” keep two things in mind.

First, the best approach takes the offense, not the defense. One of the things I ask is, “What part of the Bible don’t you believe?” Some skeptics have never even read the Bible. All they’re doing is repeating something they heard someone else say.

Second, remember that Christianity does not stand or fall on the BibleChristianity stands or falls on the most attested fact of history—the resurrection.

The evidence of the resurrection is far outside the Bible. It’s been called the most attested fact in history. Even historians who are not believers have said that the one thing they could not deny is that there was an empty tomb on the third day.

Therefore, I encourage people who say they don’t believe the Bible to turn their attention to the empty tomb. I remind them that if they disprove the empty tomb, they will enter the Guinness Book of World Records because no one has succeeded in doing that. Interesting enough, I’ve never met one person who studied the empty tomb objectively that did not come to Christ.

When people say they don’t believe the Bible, that’s not an obstacle; it’s an opportunity.

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