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Challenging Skeptics

“They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people were weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, ‘Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.’ They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, ‘Talitha kum!’ (which translated means, ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up!’). Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.” Mark 5:38-42 (NASB)
Modern media sometimes sneer in contempt at what they call “the religious right.” Comics often tell jokes to generate laughs about the faith and convictions of Christians. Nonbelievers of all kinds in all ages have made fun of the tenets and practices of Christianity. Sometimes such laughter borders on blasphemy and sacrilege. Most certainly it is a sign of disrespect for God.
The mourners at the house of the synagogue official were unbelievers. They mocked what they perceived as ignorance and arrogance in Jesus. They were skeptics and cynics. Dead is dead they thought. They laughed in ridicule of what they considered to be pure nonsense. Later, they were “completely astounded” to see the girl walking around.
Many of us live in an environment full of skeptics, in which our faith is regularly challenged by family members, friends, and fellow workers. While we cannot respond as Jesus did and perform a miracle, we can respond with wisdom and with the power of a godly life to the critics who would undermine our faith.

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