Greg shares how to respond when someone says, "That's just you're opinion" when you're sharing your faith.
One of the more challenging challenges to respond to is when somebody says, “That’s just your opinion,” after you’ve shared your convictions. Now what? In a circumstance like that, I’m always going to ask, “What do you mean by that?” I need some more information. I think they’re trying to dismiss my point of view as a mere opinion with no foundation in fact at all.
“Indeed, we can’t have any confidence that we can know spiritual things. It’s a leap of faith.” That’s what I think is going on in the mind of the person who raises that concern. I know that’s not the case. Even though I have opinions about certain things, they’re not mere or empty or vacuous opinions, they are points of view for which I can marshal some reasons, and in many cases, lots of reasons. I want to get this unspoken thing out on the table. That’s why I’m going to ask, “What do you mean by that?”
Then, I want the person to actually say it. “Well, you can’t know anything when it comes to spiritual things. It’s just a matter of opinion, and that’s all you can say.” Then, I’m going to ask the question, “Why would you say that? What are your reasons for saying that you can’t know?” Then, I’m going to respond to what they say.
There are a lot of ways to go depending on what they say. They might say, “Well, you can’t know it scientifically, so therefore you can’t know it.” Then, I ask them what they had for breakfast. Bacon and eggs? Do you know that? Yes. Is that because you had a scientist pump your stomach out? No. You knew it because you were there. I have a pretty good idea that’s what you had for breakfast too because that’s what you told me.
In other words, there are other ways of knowing things besides science. There are also memory and testimony. I’m trying to break the categories up a little bit to help them see that it might be possible that we can know something about the spiritual realm.
The universe came into being, right? The Big Bang. What caused the Big Bang? “I don’t know, I’m not a scientist.” You only have two options: Something or nothing. That’s it. If something caused it, that thing is outside of the natural system, and you can’t get at it by science in a direct way. The Big Bang is indication that someone powerful, intelligent, and capable of creating the whole universe exists. The Big Bang needs a Big Banger, right?
Now we have a little line of thinking to help that person see that it’s possible to have a conviction about God that is not grounded in science and is not just a guess. The key in this kind of situation when people say, “That’s just your opinion,” is to figure out what they are claiming, and then you challenge the claim.
Just my opinion? Like that’s just as good as anybody else’s opinion, and everybody’s opinion is just as good because they’re all guessing and no one can know? I don’t think so, so let’s talk about that a little bit. That’s my line of approach on that kind of challenge.