Lee Strobel quotes

  • I went to a psychologist friend and said if 500 people claimed to see Jesus after he died, it was just a hallucination. He said hallucinations are an individual event. If 500 people have the same hallucination, that's a bigger miracle than the resurrection.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Jesus #People #Miracle

  • Few things accelerate the peace process as much as humbly admitting our own wrongdoing and asking forgiveness.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Admitting #Asking #Process

  • It was the evidence from science and history that prompted me to abandon my atheism and become a Christian.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Atheist #Atheism

  • Believing the right things about Jesus isn't enough. You're not adopted as God's child until you confess and turn away from your wrongdoing and receive the freely offered gift of forgiveness and eternal life that Jesus purchased with his death on the cross. Until you do that, you'll always be on the outside looking in.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Jesus #Children #Believe

  • Looking at the doctrine of Darwinism, which undergirded my atheism for so many years, it didn’t take me long to conclude that it was simply too far-fetched to be credible. I realized that if I were to embrace Darwinism and its underlying premise of naturalism, I would have to believe that: 1. Nothing produces everything 2. Non-life produces life 3. Randomness produces fine-tuning 4. Chaos produces information 5. Unconsciousness produces consciousness 6. Non-reason produces reason....The central pillars of evolutionary theory quickly rotted away when exposed to scrutiny.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Believe #Years #Long

  • If Jesus is the Son of God, his teachings are more than just good ideas from a wise teacher; they are divine insights on which I can confidently build my life.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Wise #Teacher #Jesus

  • I’ve seen far too many Christians who are more than willing to travel halfway around the world to volunteer for a week in an orphanage, but who cannot bring themselves to take the personal risk of sharing Jesus with the co-worker who sits day after day in the cubicle right next to them.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Jesus #Volunteer

  • Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #World #Difficult

  • My worldview, my philosophy, my attitudes, my relationships, my parenting, my marriage -- everything has been transformed by my relationship with Christ.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Attitude #Philosophy #Christ

  • In short, I didn't become a Christian because God promised I would have an even happier life than I had as an atheist. He never promised any such thing. Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world. Rather, I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Atheist #Jesus

  • There is no way you can harmonize neo-Darwinism and Christianity.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Religion #Atheism #Way

  • The Resurrection is the supreme vindication of Jesus' divine identity and his inspired teaching. It's the proof of his triumph over sin and death. It's the foreshadowing of the resurrection of his followers. It's the basis of Christian hope. It's the miracle of all miracles.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Jesus #Teaching

  • Science itself is steadily nailing the lid on atheism's coffin.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Atheism #Coffins

  • Learning about the intellectual basis for Christianity bolsters the faith of Christians-espe cially those who may be experiencing doubts-and prepares them to share Christ with others.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Intellectual #Doubt

  • Often it is hard. So hard, in fact, that Jesus' decree to love and pray for our opponents is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and gut-wrenching challenges of his entire Sermon on the Mount, a speech renowned for its outrageous claims. There was no record of any other spiritual leader ever having articulated such a clear-cut, unambiguous command for people to express compassion to those who are actively working against their best interests.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Spiritual #Jesus #Prayer

  • In a world where spiritual confusion is increasing, GodQuest helps bring clarity and conviction. This is a terrific resource for developing a solid foundation for faith.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Spiritual #Confusion #Foundation

  • For me, apologetics proved to be the turning point of my life and eternity. I'm thankful for the scholars who so passionately and effectively defend the truth of Christianity - and today my life's goal is to do my part in helping others get answers to the questions that are blocking them in their spiritual journey toward Christ.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Spiritual #Block #Helping Others

  • The universe is a soul making machine, and part of that process is learning, maturing, and growing through difficult and challenging and painful experiences. The point of our lives in this world isn't comfort, but training and preparation for eternity.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Challenges #Soul #Training

  • Moral evil is the immorality and pain and suffering and tragedy that come because we choose to be selfish, arrogant, uncaring, hateful and abusive.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Pain #Selfish #Evil

  • If life can emerge just from naturalistic circumstances, then God is out of a job.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Jobs #Religion #Atheism

  • If your friend is sick and dying, the most important thing he wants is not an explanation; he wants you to sit with him. He's terrified of being alone more than anything else. So, God has not left us alone.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Sick #Important #Dying

  • I'm noticing an exciting trend around the country: a resurgence of interest in Christian apologetics (the defense of the faith). This is a reaction to the current attacks on the essentials of Christianity that are coming from militant atheists, radical professors, and Internet gadflies.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Country #Atheist

  • Faith is only as good as the one in whom it's invested.
    -- Lee Strobel

  • To be honest, I didn't want to believe that Christianity could radically transform someone's character and values. It was much easier to raise doubts and manufacture outrageous objections that to consider the possibility that God actually could trigger a revolutionary turn-around in such a depraved and degenerate life.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Believe #Character #Doubt

  • Courage would be impossible in a world without pain.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Pain #Suffering #Would Be

  • I'm all for lifestyle evangelism, but I'm also in favor of intentionality, where we seek out opportunities for spiritual conversations and are equipped to explain the gospel and why we believe it.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Spiritual #Believe #Opportunity

  • I have a good Muslim friend who comes over to my house. Good guy; reads the Qur'an in Arabic. He comes over to my house and we talk about faith and we talk about things we have in common, but I can't shy away from the differences that we have. So I talk about why I'm not a Muslim and about the evidence that exists that show Christianity is true.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Differences #House #Guy

  • I do know plenty of atheists, agnostics and skeptics who have become Christians through the years. In fact, several of my friends were once strong atheists but are now committed followers of Jesus.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Jesus #Strong

  • Christians can have doubts and they can have questions, and the unhealthy way to deal with that is to keep them inside where they fester and grow and can undermine our faith. The healthy way to deal with it is to talk about it and be honest about it.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Healthy #Doubt

  • All Christians should be able to articulate reasons why they believe what they believe - not just for the sake of our spiritually confused friends, but also so that we ourselves will have a deeper and more confident faith.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Confused #Believe

  • A lot of people don't give much thought to what they believe, and it's easy for them to hold what often are two conflicting ideas in their head at the same time.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Believe #Ideas #Two

  • It is very difficult to give a 15 second sound bite on why there is pain and suffering in this world and not have it come off as being flippant or surface level or superficial.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Pain #Giving #Suffering

  • I think people who believe that life emerged naturalistically need to have a great deal more faith than people who reasonably infer that there's an Intelligent Designer.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Believe #Intelligent #Thinking

  • I think it's very healthy to use journalistic and legal techniques to investigate the evidence for and against Christianity and other faith systems.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Thinking #Healthy #Technique

  • Acrid bitterness inevitably seeps into the lives of people who harbor grudges and suppress anger, and bitterness is always a poison.  It keeps your pain alive instead of letting you deal with it and get beyond it.  Bitterness sentences you to relive the hurt over and over.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Hurt #Pain #People

  • When you are in the midst of suffering you are looking for someone to be Jesus to you. You are looking for someone to love you and help take care of you, and reach out to you.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Jesus #Love You #Suffering

  • Hell was not part of the original creation. Hell is God's fall-back position. Hell is something God was forced to make because people chose to rebel against him and turn against what was best for them and the purpose for which they were created.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Fall #People #Rebel

  • I don't believe in reincarnation because there's an expert on this question, and he's Jesus of Nazareth. He's the only person in history who died, rose from the dead, and spoke authoritatively on this question. And Jesus says reincarnation doesn't happen. He says that there's only one death and after that comes the judgment.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Jesus #Believe #Rose

  • If you define evolution as merely meaning change over time, then I don't see any problem with a person being a Christian and believing in evolution. But that's not how textbooks define evolution. They define evolution as being random and undirected without plan or purpose.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Christian #Believe #Textbooks

  • Faith is taking a step in the same direction that the evidence is pointing.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Steps #Evidence #Pointing

  • Virtually every scientist now concedes that universe and time itself had beginning. So, whatever begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe must have had a cause.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Causes #Scientist #Universe

  • I am primarily a writer of books, and I enjoy that. But I come to realize that a lot of people prefer a visual medium.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Book #People #Realizing

  • Apologetics has an important place in the local church as we seek to influence our communities for Christ in an increasingly skeptical culture.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Community #Important #Church

  • Christianity is a very historical religion - it makes specific claims that are open to testing.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Historical #Christianity #Claims

  • There are Eastern religions that deny the reality of pain and suffering. They just try to wipe it away by saying it's all an illusion.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Pain #Reality #Suffering

  • The Internet has helped atheists and agnostics coalesce as never before.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Atheist #Internet

  • Nobody is beyond the reach of the Gospel.
    -- Lee Strobel

  • Intelligent design is consistent with any faith system I can think of, because most faith systems believe that there is a creator.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Believe #Intelligent #Thinking

  • I certainly believe that God did create the world, yeah, absolutely I believe that.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Believe #World #I Believe

  • So much of the world's suffering results from the sinful action or inaction of ourselves and others. For example, people look at a famine and wonder where God is, but the world produces enough food for each person to have 3,000 calories a day. It's our own irresponsibility and self-centeredness that prevents people from getting fed.
    -- Lee Strobel

    #Self #People #Suffering