One more encouragement before we get earnestly into the body of the conversation…
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. [Acts 17:10-11]
Most people, a friend once told me, are down on what they ain’t up on. Copernicus was executed for suggesting that the earth revolved around the sun, and not vice versa. Galileo died under house arrest for attempting to convince the intelligentsia (which, in the interest of full disclosure, included prominent churchmen!) of the same thing. Galileo had devised a handy little devise called the “telescope” that proved his theory. But the powers that were refused to even look through the telescope to examine the claim he made. They branded him a heretic, tried him as a criminal. He avoided execution by recanting…in a way. He said, basically, “Look. If I say it’s true or if I say it’s false, nothing changes. It is what it is. Suit yourself.” Tragedy.
My encouragement is that the evidence be examined on its own merits…that is, let us reason together from the Bible (Sola Scriptura!) and, with humility and awe, see what God says concerning the things about which we are to inquire. Let us be like the Bereans. Let’s examine the Scriptures.