Is the existence of God a relevant topic to discuss or consider? As I have reasoned over such an inquiry, I generally find unbelievers as well as believers either in a definite scoff or rigorous complaint in regards to the God debate that has lasted and divided many a people for as long as human questions about the physical world have been around. One interesting story, reminds me of Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (1749-1827), who has often been credited for postulating scientific determinism: “Given the state of the universe at one time, a complete set of laws fully determines both the future and the past.” (S. Hawking, “The Grand Design”; cp. 2010, pg. 30)
According to Laplace, a scientific law is not really a law if it holds true only when some kind of supernatural being decides not to intervene. Napoleon upon noticing this, later famously asked Laplace how God fit into this picture. Laplace has been said to have replied, “Sire, I have not needed that hypothesis.” It seems that according to the discussions that I have had and even seen, this mentality seems to be disappointingly relevant. My question, as I had stated above, is one that Christians either find unimportant, uninteresting, or irrelevant due to what they think the true nature of evangelism really is.
However, I would like to make a biblical distinction for which is intended for Christians at this point; non-Christians will be addressed a bit later. J. Warner Wallace (author of ‘Cold Case Christianity’) commenting on Ephesians 4:11-13 had made the following statement:
“Paul repeatedly tells us that some of us are designed and given to perform certain functions. Some are apostles, some are prophets, some are evangelists, some are teachers, and some are pastors. Think about that for a minute. The reasonable inference here is that some of us are given to function in this way some of us are not. You may be gifted and given by God to be a pastor or you may not. In a similar way, you may not be an evangelist. We may be called to share our faith (as described in the passages in Mark, Luke, John and Acts), but we probably shouldn’t beat ourselves up and feel guilty if we aren’t great at evangelism. That may not be our gift or our God-given role” (see December 4th, “Why Do You Feel Guilty About Evangelism But Not Apologetics?”).
In other words, and to put it shortly, do not think that because you are not called or given the gift of apologetics or evangelism, that you are somehow excused from the call of preforming them (cf. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 17:1-34). I often find Christians who see the debate about the origins of the universe to be irrelevant, the validity and authenticity of the New Testament to be painstakingly obnoxious, and arguments for the existence of God to be tedious philosophical systems of pop-jargon. I am burdened by this line of thinking, and I agree with Lane Craig when he says that if Christians were to be a bit more involved in these kinds of studies and understand the validity of their own worldview, the perception of Christians would surely change (see W.L. Craig, “On Guard”, cp. 2010, Crossway Books).