1 Corinthians 2: A Different Understanding
As an apologist, it is easy to become far too dependent on general revelation. The heavens do indeed declare the glory of God, and the spectacular design of the universe seems to point towards a creator. These types of external testimony are important, and I think that they are incredibly important to use as we answer objections that people have to the Christian faith.
However, as we see in 1 Corinthians 2, there is also another barrier. There is also a personal level that we experience as we develop a relationship with God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Admittedly, there are some things about being a Christian that are hard to explain. Think about how hard it is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is difficult to understand someone else’s perspective. Similarly, it is hard for someone who does not have a relationship with God to understand what it is like to have a relationship with God. If they don’t know Him, how would they know what it is like?
Even if it is hard to explain what it is like to have a relationship with God, the evidence should come out in our behavior. I have heard it said that the most powerful apologetic is a transformed life. When major changes take place, people recognize it. They don’t understand what could have had such a dynamic impact, but they will notice it. God can do that, and He has done that in thousands of lives throughout history.