"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."
- Mark Twain
You find yourself in a conversation about your Christian faith, your beliefs upon various subjects, etc. When all of a sudden the person you are with asks, "Why do you believe that?" Caught off guard you might timidly say, "Because the Bible says so." "Where?" He/ she counters. And you freeze. Where does the Bible say that?
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
- 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
The Bible tells us to always be prepared to give an answer for the reason we believe what we believe. God gave us a brain to think and reason with; we can't effectively be His ambassadors, if we don't take the time to learn about what and Who we are representing. Now obviously we are not going to have the answer to everything; sometimes we'll just have to say, "You know what, I don't know" (and that can be really hard to say). However, we need to study God's word and seek answers.
Below are several suggestions to help you "renew your mind" and find answers.
- As you are reading your Bible, and doing your devotions, keep a notebook by you. List the categories that you want to find verses on. Each time you find a verse, write it down.
- Listen to theology podcasts (ask your parents or someone at church what they recommend).
- Read theologically sound books
By studying God's word and learning more about Him, the next time we encounter a conversation about our beliefs, we will be able to discuss our views intelligently and in a way that is glorifying to God. And who knows, maybe the answers we give can help bring someone to Christ. God gave us brains, it is time we used them for His glory.
"The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips."
- Proverbs 16:23 (AMP)