Dr. Jack L. Arnold
BASIC PROBLEM IS MORAL
Now that weÕve briefly thought through these seven questions, we need to be reminded that ultimately manÕs basic problem is not intellectual, itÕs moral. Once in a while our answer wonÕt satisfy someone. His rejection of the answer doesnÕt invalidate it. On the other hand, he may be convinced and still not become a Christian. IÕve had fellows tell me, ÒYouÕve answered every one of my questions to my satisfaction.Ó After thanking them for the flattery IÕve asked, ÒAre you going to become a Christian then?Ó and theyÕve smiled a little sheepishly, ÒWell, no.Ó ÒWhy not?Ó IÕve inquired. ÒFrankly, it would mean too radical a change in my way of life.Ó Many people are not prepared to let anyone else, including God, run their lives. ItÕs not that they canÕt believe; but they wonÕt believe. They at least see what the issue is. Our responsibility in using the information in this chapter is to help them reach this point of understanding.
People often ask, ÒIf Christianity is true, why do the majority of intelligent people not believe it?Ó The answer is precisely the same as the reason the majority of unintelligent people donÕt believe it. They donÕt want to because theyÕre unwilling to accept the moral demands it would make on their lives. We can take a horse to water but we canÕt make him drink. A person must be willing to believe before he ever will believe. There isnÕt a thing you or I can do with a man who, despite all evidence to the contrary, insists that black is white.
We ourselves must be convinced about the truth we proclaim. Otherwise we wonÕt be at all convincing to other people. We must be able to say confidently with Peter, Ò . . . we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our
Lord Jesus ChristÓ (2 Peter 1:16). Then our witness will ring with authority, conviction, and the power of the Holy Spirit.