Jesus was a master debater, always silencing those who tried to discredit his authority. Whenever challenged by religious leaders, teachers of the law or wise individuals, Jesus used a common strategy to debunk his opponents. One of the more famous encounters occurred after Jesus healed a demon possessed man. His skeptics claimed that Jesus was secretly working for the devil, similar to a magician deceiving a crowd as an illusionist.
So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come, Mark 3:23-26.
To prevent further minds from believing in Jesus, Jewish officials tried to create a different memory of this popular leader. Thus, one of the ancient Jewish writings discovered is known of the Talmud. Authors of this historical book describe Jesus as the Great Magician. Unable to logically explain the exorcisms, healings and miracles of Jesus, rabbis used earthly terms to de-emphasize his power. Despite these efforts, people still believe in God’s power.
No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions, Matthew 22:46.
As atheists continue to plant seeds of doubt at local college campus’ in the minds of students, is anyone asking what is right in God’s eyes? Sure, movies like God is Not Dead and the War Room are making inroads, but it seems like Christians in America are fighting a losing battle. Perhaps, its time to use the tactics of Jesus to convince a generation sitting on the fence. Thus, whether you are debating absolutes, morality or worldviews, don’t forget to ask what is right in God’s eyes.
by Jay Mankus