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Making the Unexplainable – Undeniable

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 17, 2010

One of the problems when sharing Jesus with someone seems to be in convincing them of the truth.  It ‘s a very frustrating prospect, but it doesn’t have to be so if we adjust the approach from trying to prove the unexplainable to establishing the undeniable.

Adults don’t typically come to Christ because they understand salvation completely or have all their questions answered.  They usually come to Christ because they encountered him in some fashion that made the unexplainable, undeniable.

The questions don’t really matter when the experience has proven that Jesus is undeniable.  It’s not that they got their questions answered yet, it’s just that Jesus became personal to them. Answering questions come later.

We always opt for the undeniable over the unexplainable when given the choice.  You might get on a plane and fly across the country knowing without a doubt that the plane can fly, but you can’t explain how it does it.

You use a phone, text your friend, drive your car, browse the internet on a computer.  It is undeniable that these things are real, and you use them even if you can’t explain them or how they might work. If you want to go deeper, then you may learn more about them after you start using them, but you might just be content with the fact that it is an undeniable fact that computers, internet, TV are real, and I don’t have to know how it all works.

Let’s take a 90 MPH pitch in baseball.  A recent study showed that the 90 MPH pitch takes 400 milliseconds (ms) to travel the 60.5 feet from the pitcher’s hand to home plate.

The batter goes through a process which takes 200 ms to find the ball once it leaves the pitcher’s hand, another 150 ms to determine where to swing the bat (high, low, fast, slow, etc.), and 100 ms to actually swing the bat.

If you are keeping track, it takes a batter 450 ms to hit a pitch that takes 400 ms to get to home plate.  The researcher concluded that it is impossible for a batter to hit a 90 MPH pitch.

Now, if you have ever watched a professional baseball game, you have seen batter after batter hit a 90, 95 or even 100 MPH pitch.  Yet scientific studies prove that it is not possible.  The unexplainable becomes undeniable and you accept the fact that a 90 MPH pitch can indeed be hit… and hit well.

Don’t spend all your time trying to prove God exists, prove the crucifixion happened, prove Noah’s flood, prove the virgin birth.  From a faith point of view, these are all critical, but from an introduction to Christ point of view, they don’t actually “introduce” anybody to Christ.

People need an encounter with Jesus so that he becomes undeniably real to them.  Once they latch on to the undeniable truth that Jesus is real to them, then the importance of having their questions answered become smaller and smaller and the reality of God in their life becomes bigger and bigger.

You cannot answer all their questions; you can only introduce them to Jesus who can do a much better job answering the questions that need to be answered.


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