Point: Sometimes in an apologetics’ discussion people give self-refuting arguments. That is, the argument they present against the Christian worldview is actually refuting against their own position as well. In such instances it might be important to stress to the other individual that their argument goes against their own worldview.
Picture: I remembered a few years ago seeing a video on a snake biting itself that went viral.
When someone’s argument ends up refuting their own worldview that’s like a snake poisoning itself. Their arguments are the very fangs and venom which is used to commit “intellectual suicide.”
POSSIBLE SCENARIO FOR EMPLOYING THIS ILLUSTRATION DURING APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM
NON-CHRISTIAN: I don’t think there is such thing as right and wrong.
CHRISTIAN: Is that right?
NON-CHRISTIAN: Yes that’s right.
CHRISTIAN: You’re already wrong.
NON-CHRISTIAN: No that’s not wrong because there’s no such thing as right and wrong.
CHRISTIAN: Again, is that right?
CHRISTIAN: Finish the sentence, “yes…”
NON-CHRISTIAN: …that’s right.
CHRISTIAN: If there is no such thing as right and wrong, then that very statement can’t be right. You’re like a snake that bites itself with venom.
This is from a Pantheist who attacked Christianity:
Sometimes as you let people talk more they give you the ropes to hang themselves in terms of the rationality of their belief system. It turns out as he talked more and more he was a pantheist. He stated several times “God is everything” and that “everything is God.” Think about it for a moment. He believes God is everything. But he believes the real Jesus that exists…is not God. You would think if Jesus is a part of everything, and if everything is God that this pantheist would be forced by his own false premises to say that Jesus must be God.
He also kept on saying that I was not speaking the truth about God and I was not “of God.” He really despised the Bible and said that was not God’s Word.
A light went on in my head and I asked if I can record our conversation for educational purposes. He stopped and stuttered and said no. I said I will respect that. But here’s the conversation:
I asked “Hey, why aren’t you listening to God?”
He said “What are you talking about? I listen to God’s personal revelation to me!”
I replied, “Oh, then why are you arguing against God after all you believe I am God?”
With a look of confusion, he asked “Huh?”
“For the sake of the argument,” I said, “if you said everything is God and God is everything, then I’m God. Why aren’t you listening to me when I say that Jesus is God and He came to die for our sins?”
With anger he said “But you are not God.”
For clarity’s sake I said, “Yes, I would agree with you I am not God. My Christian worldview dictate that I must not believe that I am God. But I’m going by your own beliefs. You said everything is God and God is everything. Therefore I am God according to your beliefs so why are you not listening to God?”
“But you are not everything.”
“I never said I was everything. What do you mean by ‘everything’ anyways?”
He answered “Everything refers to all of God’s creation.”
“I agree,” I replied. “But am I not a subset of God’s creation?”
Here he pauses.
I picked it up because now the fire is glowing hot: “So if I am a part of everything, that is, God’s creation, and everything is God, that means I am God. Again why are you not listening to me when I say to you that Jesus is the Savior of sinners and Jesus Christ is God? Do you realize that there is a contradiction in your worldview?”
You know what your argument looks like?