Summary: When you come to a mind closed to God, Jesus, and all Biblical Truth, maybe logic can be used to begin a discussion?
God's Grace is freely offered to all., but what if there were no Bibles, no written words showing the way to eternal salvation? Some peoples close their mind when you just mention the God or the Bible. How could you influence someone you knew had an ironclad mind against hearing God's Word? Surely you've met someone like that? Maybe a lot more than just one?
Might you try some baseline logic? In essence, there are only a few debatable factors for the consideration of all disbelievers. The eight hypothesis revealed a bit latter can only be considered thought-provoking stepping-stones. Sometimes, before faith can be gained maybe logic can point towards the fact that it is only God's Grace and an individuals faith that saves. Yes, we are called to faith, not 'rational thinking' but some people might benefit from a few logical considerations.
Logic can often be an essential first method of speaking with non-believers about God. Using the tenets of truth, facts, reason, and prayers is called Apologetics. Apologetics is something every true believer should be involved in even if it is only a little as a soldier in an army of Christians defending the foundation and principles of the Christian faith by proof and logic. These tenets are something every true believer should be cognizant of and able to discuss in general, if not in detail as Peter tells us to do. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
There are various reasons people come to believe or not believe? Some people, experience a traumatic or dramatic event and come to faith while others involved a similar event turn away from God.
Mass catastrophes can cause both belief and disbelief.
Family type tragedies can cause both belief and disbelief.
Personal misfortunes can cause both belief and disbelief.
Parents can influence their children both ways.
The Church can influence people both ways.
The Pastor can influence people both ways.
The Sunday School teachers can influence children (and parents) both ways.
The people in the pews can influence others both ways.
Poverty can influence both belief and disbelief.
Wealth can influence people both ways
Plain old fear can influence people and Old age influences people both ways, but these two often bring people closer to Christ. And, yes, even the Bible influences people both ways. Christians should listen to the non-believer's objections and make cogent and rational comments in direct response to the issues raised. Of course, some are better at thinking logically than others, and there is no guarantee that using logic can overcome an inbred resistance to the Holy Spirit in the conversion of anyone. After all, logic is not what saves a person. Jesus and the Holy Spirit do that, and we are justified by faith not logic, hard work or on the basis of our good deeds.
However, the proper use of logic can be used to chip away at the ill-rational barriers preventing a person from accepting Jesus as Savior. Logic is not the answer to every problem facing Christianity nor every objection raised against it. Logic cannot always guarantee that folly will grow into wisdom. In a hard-headed non-believer, it may not prove God's love or divine guidance. Logic has its ending point and faith must then prevail to bring about the persuasion of the Holy Spirit and the crystalline truths from God's Word.
What you read below is not, I repeat not, specifically founded in biblical teachings, but presented as a mental exercise based on logic that may lead some non-believers to more rational decisions. It may even have special appeal to those that like to make 'friendly' wagers among friends. Nevertheless, logic is still very valuable and can be powerful to reinforce the saved and bring those that are close minded to an open-minded state. To help those who need to work out logical declarations first, as opposed to absolute faith-based conclusions, the next items are offered up for consideration and discussion.
You might ask the unbeliever, “So of the eight, which do YOU believe to be true?
Eight Hypothesizes Relating To or Away From God, Eternal Life, and Salvation.
1. God exists.
2. God does not exist.
3. There is life after death.
4. There is not life after death.
5. Faith in Jesus brings salvation.
6. No faith in God causes damnation.
7. You gain life after death if there is no God.
8. God grants salvation to everyone for any reason.
Without trying to lecture within the previous pyramided theme, believers in Christ know which terms are true and which others are false. But, remember, this portion of the lesson is to ask the unbelievers to use a more open, logical, mind.