|Why is there a difference between Luke's story in the Book of Acts and Paul's own testimony in Galatians concerning Paul's trip to Jerusalem?|
If you have not read Stories Versus Truth, you may want to read that before reading this.
Don't forget where you are going. You get past the questions/attacks so you can proclaim the Gospel. It is the proclamation of the Gospel, not argumentation, that transforms minds. See Give Them the Gospel.
You may hear a question about the Synoptic Gospels like the following: "Why is there a difference between Luke's story in the Book of Acts and Paul's own testimony in Galatians concerning Paul's trip to Jerusalem?"
How to Handle This Question
(The parts in quotes are just examples of what you might say or ask.)
First, don't become addicted to debate. Debates rarely solve anything. They usually cause confusion and cause both sides to become more entrenched in their original views. They are games with winners and losers. No one wants to be a loser, so people become irrational rather than lose.
It is best to ask them a few questions first and to listen to their answers. Be careful of your tone that you are not shutting down the conversation. This is not a cross examination. "If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame." Proverbs 18:13
Let them know you understand. "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
Relate to them. "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle." Proverbs 18:19 "A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue." Proverbs 11:12
Tell them what God has shown to you
It is then good to ask an open followup question (not a "yes" or "no" question) to allow them to process what you have said.
Ungodly people are forced to hold on tightly to some basic presuppositions. These presuppositions are just simple-minded assumptions. They are filters and a way to censor out any information that supports the existence of God. They set up a web of rules to filter out God. They will only accept those things that conform to Naturalism, materialism, and uniformitarianism. Naturalism claims that God does nothing. Materialism claims that there is no God or spiritual realm. Uniformitarianism claims that there was not creation and that there was no violent worldwide flood, as the Bible and numerous other historical accounts record. Whatever they observe that does not conform to this complex filter is censored. The way that it is censored can take several forms. The ungodly may boldly proclaim that, though the data appears to support God's version and refute the version of the ungodly, yet it still must be interpreted to mean just the opposite of what it does mean. A backup method that ungodly people use is to prophecy that in the future, science will be able to explain what they see as an anomaly. If that fails, they will hide the data, set it aside, or lie to keep the public from knowing the truth. The data clearly demolishes the story of the ungodly and clearly supports the reality of the Creator God, His Bible, and His abiding Presence in His people. When confronted with the obvious, a closed-minded ungodly person says, "I can't understand it." They are willingly ignorant because they refuse to hold God in their knowledge. The reality is that these people, for whatever reason, don't what to know the Creator. They don't want to truly know Jesus, their Creator.
Last updated: Aug, 2013
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