A couple of weeks ago, I was watching a football playoff game when my doorbell rang. To my surprise, three Mormons had come to my home. To their surprise, I invited them in and turned off the TV. In order to establish rapport, I shared with them that I am a professor of New Testament Studies and that in 2022 I had lectured on the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus on the BYU campus, at the invitation of their philosophy department.

Big smiles resulted. I continued, “I guess you can tell I’m not a Mormon. Can I tell you why?” They said “yes.” So, I shared with them the 3 reasons I provide in my free online book Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock: What to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door. The leader of the three then said, “Well, I’m sure there’s nothing we could say that will change your mind. You said you lectured on the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. Would you mind sharing some evidence with us?” I did gladly! We had a pleasant time together and I told them they were welcome back anytime.

Throughout our conversation, I was viewing the expressions on their faces. They were listening with interest. I’m sure they’ll go back and discuss the matters among themselves, perhaps call their superior to discuss them. In the end, they’ll be told, “You just have to have faith.” Hopefully, one day that answer will no longer fly with them. And hopefully they’ll remember that the same problems are not present with the gospel!   —Mike Licona

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