What do you think the main barriers to faith are?
I grew up in an environment that stressed apologetics – if someone didn’t want to be a Christian, it was because there is an intellectual gap that they have to cross in order to accept the tenants of faith. So, these barriers to faith are intellectual and rational. If you are good enough with your systematic theology and can debate/communicate well, you would probably be able to convince some people to accept Christianity as a good belief system.
And I think that is still true for some people.
But what if there are other barriers to faith? What if sociological and cultural factors serve as insurmountable barriers keeping people from Christianity – not just outside of the borders of Western culture, but deep in the center of it? What if no amount of systematics, apologetics, theology, philosophy, or rational thinking can convince someone to accept the religion of Christianity because all those things, as good as they are, say nothing about the social and cultural barriers that they face?
People are not just interested in the way that we think or reason. People are looking at the way that we live our lives. Donald Mcgavran said that if there were no barriers to faith, the gospel would spread like wildfire. So that’s one of my goals…holistic barrier breaking. Not just intellectual, but socialal and cultural as well.
What do you think? What other barriers are there that need to be broken through?