What is Christianity About?

(Carson Weitnauer) #1

Hi friends,

In the Preface to God in the Dock, Walter Hooper writes this:

Regardless of one’s education, it is impossible to decide whether Christianity is true or false if you do not know what it is about.

For Lewis, who believed that to be born meant either an eventual surrender to God or an everlasting divorce from Him, this was a serious matter. One day he and I were speculating as to what would happen if a group of friendly and inquisitive Martians suddenly appeared in the middle of Oxford and asked (those who did not flee) what Christianity is. We wondered how many people, apart from voicing their prejudices about the Church, could supply them with much in the way of accurate information. On the whole, we doubted whether the Martians would take back to their world much that is worth having.

With that in mind, here’s a challenge to help you grow as an evangelist:

Reply to this post and…

  1. Clearly state a common misperception about Christianity.
  2. Illustrate this misrepresentation with a direct quote from someone who is (intentionally or accidentally) not understanding the faith.
  3. Explain how you could helpfully and humbly engage with a friend on this subject.
    a. What rational point would you make to share what Christianity actually is about?
    b. How would you illustrate that point?
    c. How could you apply the point in a personal way?

I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s encourage and cheer one another on in thinking this thrrough!