When people see this—our love for one another and our unity through love—then they will in turn be drawn by this to Christ and will respond to the gospel’s offer of salvation. More often than not, it is what you are rather than what you say that will bring an unbeliever to Christ. This, then, is the ultimate apologetic. For the ultimate apologetic is: your life.

—William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1994), 301–302.

  One thought on “Quote of the Week: William Lane Craig

  1. June 28, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Here is another quote by William Lane Craig ‘…God loves Heinrich just as much as He loves you and so accords him sufficient grace for salvation and seeks to draw him to Himself. Indeed, God may have known that through the guilt and shame of what Heinrich did under the Third Reich, he would eventually come to repent and find salvation and eternal life.

    Paradoxically, being a Nazi may have been the best thing that happened to Heinrich, since it led to his salvation. Of course, one may wonder about those poor people who suffered in the death camps because of Heinrich. But God has a plan for their lives, too,….’

    God came up with a great plan for the lives of the people sent to death camps didn’t , he?

  2. June 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Steven:

    The Nazis clearly prove that there is evil in this world, but in order for there to be evil then there must also be moral goodness (which evil transgresses). Explaining evil is a challenge for the Christian worldview but explaining moral goodness is also a challenge for the naturalist (atheistic) worldview.

    I clearly don’t want to be glib about the great suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust. But I think the writings of Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning) clearly shows that in the midst of intense suffering people can discover meaning and, as counterintuitive as it seems, God’s goodness.

    If you’re interested, I invite you to read my discussion concerning the problem of evil in my new book 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas.

    By the way, one of the American infantry divisions that my father was a part of during World War II liberated a Nazi camp that contained Jews.

    • June 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

      So what was your God’s plan for the children sent to death camps?

      And was Craig right that his god knew that some people who became Nazis would be so sickened by their crimes that they would repent and obtain salvation, so planned their salvation to happen that way.

      Atheists have no problems saying what moral goodness, at least their problems pale into insignificance compared with people who get their morality by slavishly obeying what some self-appointed moralist decided to write in the Bible, 2000 or more years ago, knowing that if he said his god was behind it, he could get enough people to buy his story….

  3. June 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Steven:

    By the apparent tone of your remarks I doubt that you’re interested in much more than just dismissing those who affirm Christian theism. But since you’ve asked, I’ll give a brief reply to your question. You can read more in my book if you’re interested.

    I don’t fully know God’s sovereign plan for those who were murdered by the Nazi regime. But I suspect that just as God has brought good out of the suffering in my life that God was active in the camps and was giving those poor souls hope, meaning, and strength. According to Victor Frankl, some of the Jews died reciting the Shema (Deut. 6:4) or the Lord’s prayer. Suffering mixed with divine grace can sometimes bring forth an incredible transformation of the human condition.

    According to Christianity, can even Nazis be saved though some of their victims could be lost? Yes. The forgiveness found in Jesus Christ can extend even to the worst perpetrators of evil. But I also believe that God’s grace was powerfully active in the death camps giving these victims hope of eternal life.

    Atheistic naturalism by contrast, offers no ultimate hope to people who face pain and suffering in this life.

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