Faith Under Fire

My wife and I have been spending our Sunday afternoons with friends watching and discussing some DVD segments from Lee Strobel's Faith Under Fire small group series. The DVD is set up so that groups of people watch small segments of debate between two informed guests. Strobel moderates the debate and adds some of his own commentary before and after the guest segments. The two questions we have seen debated so far are...

1. Is the supernatural real?
2. Is Jesus merely a Prophet or is he the Son of God?

The video segments have been interesting but they are extremely short. I feel like there is not enough time alloted to really get a handle on what each guest is trying to say. Just as you are getting a taste of the different arguments the video cuts off and encourages you to discuss your opinions with small group members.

As we have been talking through the questions above we keep wondering how two intelligent people could arrive at such different conclusions about the same things. In wondering about this a few verses keep popping up to the front of my mind. I will write them out below for your own consideration.
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Matthew 11:25-27)
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)