Seven Common Objections (and answers) to the Christian Faith

April 7, 2016

 

 

Objection #7: Christians are hypocrites!

Consider replying: “Yes, Christians, like everyone else can sometimes say one thing and do another, but Jesus never said to follow My professing believers; He always said, ‘Follow Me.’” A Christian is not one who follows professing believers; a Christian is one who follows the sinless Christ.

 

Objection #6: What about those who’ve never heard of Jesus?

Consider replying: “No one remains lost who wants to be found. Just as God sent Philip to the Eunuch (Acts 8) and Peter to Cornelius (Acts 10), so too God will send someone to the seeker.” If they continue to press the objection, consider saying, “If you truly care about those who’ve never heard of Jesus, then get saved yourself and go and tell those who haven’t heard!”

 

Objection #5: Being a good person is all that really matters.

Consider replying: “Do you consider yourself to be a good person?” When they reply, “Yes,” ask them if they’ve ever broken any of the Ten Commandments. . . used God’s name in vain, dishonored their parents, hated (1 John 3:15), looked with lust (Matthew 5:28), lied, stolen, coveted, etc. (Exodus 20 & Deuteronomy 5). When they admit to having broken them, tell them how they may escape God’s judgment by placing their faith in Jesus.

 

Objection #4: The Bible is filled with errors.

Consider handing them your Bible and asking them to show you one. (Most people simply repeat what they’ve heard someone else say.) Consider afterward telling them that what people call errors, after careful study, only prove to be difficulties.

Or, consider an entirely different approach and ask them if they can make a dog sit. When they say, “Yes,” then reply, “If you can make a dog sit, how much more can the Almighty Creator make men write what He wants written?”

 

Objection #3: It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God.

Consider replying: "I didn’t make the statement, Jesus did. He said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'" (John 14:6). Tell them that they must take it up with Jesus, not you. You may want to follow this up with asking them whether they think they or Jesus knows more about spiritual truth.

 

Objection #2: If God is so good, why is there evil?

Consider replying: “Love cannot be forced. God has given people the ability to make free choices to love Him and others. Sometimes these free choices are for good and sometimes they're for evil. It’s people, not God, who are to be blamed for their sinful decisions.”

 

Objection #1: If there is a hell, why would a loving God send someone there?
Consider replying: “God doesn't have to send anyone to hell; people choose it for themselves.” As C.S. Lewis keenly observed, it is the unbeliever who says to God throughout life, “Go away and leave me alone.” It is God who finally says to the unbeliever, “You may have your wish."

 

 

“Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”

~ 1 Peter 3:15
 

 

*This article contains information and ideas from Ray Comfort, Bill Fay, Gregory Koukl, and my best friend Cory Bond.

 

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