Answering Objections to the Christian Faith
One of the things that God asks believers to do in the Scriptures is the following:
“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence“ (NASB 1 Peter 3:15)
Are you prepared to answer the spiritual seekers and skeptics in your world, to “make a defense to everyone who asks you” why you have this special hope within you? And are you prepared to do it “in meekness and reverence”?
This section is intended to help believers and skeptics with sound answers to the most common objections to a belief in a Creator, and to Christianity. I am starting with a list of the top objections, in no particular order, and will provide treatment of the objection in the following format:
- The objection/question, in the most common wording
- An exposition of the question of the issue
- An answer that effectively addresses the objection – whether it is posed by a believer, a skeptic, or a seeker
- Future expansion of this section will break out each objection into its own page, with a full treatment of the issue, and a video illustrating how the objection is usually verbalized, and how a believer might respond
- I plan to also expand this with a download from each page, which can be used as a teaching tool
Although we have good reasons to believe, and God has given us more than enough evidence to step across the line and put our faith in Him, will we get the answers to ALL our questions this side of eternity? No. Why? Because God wants us to trust Him. He wants us to “walk by faith, and not by sight”.
Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed, because you have seen. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe.” Bottom line, yes – evidence is appropriate for a believer, a skeptic or a seeker to ask for, and God our Creator has provided plenty of that for us (read the objections and answers below. as well as articles elsewhere on this web site). But always note that our Father desires that we trust Him, which is why it is written “without faith it is impossible to please God“.
Answering the Most Common Objections to Christianity
Although there are many objections raised by unbelievers, the following objections seem to be among the most popular voiced by skeptics and unbelievers. Just click on the objection below to review what we feel is an effective response to answering the objection. If you have comments or suggestions on how to improve responses, or if you have common objection that we haven’t listed, we would love to hear from you!
We will also be producing short, 7 minutes videos on each of these topics in the near future – so please check back with us!
Answer: I appreciate your honesty. However, are you aware of what an “atheist” is, and atheism as a set of beliefs? The word “atheism” comes from two Greek words: “a”, meaning “no”, or “without”, and “theos”, meaning “God” or “deity”.
An atheist is a person who does not believe in God, or for that matter any deity. Did you know that atheism is also a faith system? Read more…
Objection: “I don’t believe in a Creator God – I believe we just evolved and are here today by evolutionary processes.”
Answer: Thank you for your honesty. Let’s try to frame the question in a slightly different way, because I think we are really taking about only two alternatives to explain the origin of things, and of life itself:
1. Is it more reasonable to conclude that everything was caused by random un-directed “evolutionary processes”, or
2. Is is it more reasonable to believe that the design and complexity we see in nature is the product of an intelligent designer?
Let’s examine each of these options, to see which is the more reasonable explanation for the origin of all things (based on the evidence). Read more …
“I don’t believe in a heaven or hell. I believe we just live out our lives and experience heave or hell on earth, then we die and that’s the end of it”.
“If God is good, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? If He is God, and all-powerful, why doesn’t He just end the suffering?
“I don’t believe in “sin”, and I don’t consider myself a “sinner”.
“I knew some Christians once and they wronged me. Why would I want to be a Christian? Christians are hypocrites”.
“Christians and other religions have committed most of the atrocities and killing in the name of God through the centuries.”
“I don’t need God. I am doing fine on my own. Christianity is a crutch for weak minded people.”
“I don’t accept that there is just one way to God. I believe there are many ways or paths to God, and that all religions are basically the same – just expressing different paths to God. “
“Being a good person is all that matters. I don’t need to be saved, or to accept Christ. God should accept me just the way I am.”
“The Bible can’t be trusted – it is filled with contradictions and errors.”
“The Bible is just one of many holy books, so why should I accept the trust the words of the Bible, and not the Quran, or some other book?
“What about those in remote jungles who have never heard of Jesus Christ? Are they lost?”
“Why would a loving God send people to hell?”
“I’m good – I am already a religious person.”
“Jesus is only one of many enlightened beings throughout history. What makes Jesus so special?”
Respond with Your Reasons in Love
Note to Christians: when responding with answers to these objections, be sure that you do so in a kind and loving way. Remember that every single soul that has come into the world is loved by God (John 3:16), and is eternal – and so every single soul is of immense value. We are all on a journey, and every person is different, and a unique creation by God.
Treat the person with love and respect, and remember – your end goal is to help them connect with the eternal God who manifested Himself in His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Encourage them to give Jesus a chance in their life, to prove to them who He is, and that He has the power to make them into a beautiful new creation that will inherit eternal life.
Ask is you can pray with them before your depart. Share the Good News that God has not left us to our own devices – He has come Himself in the form of flesh (Jesus Christ), and laid down His sinless life to pay the penalty for all of humankind’s transgressions, so that we might receive the free gift of eternal life. Here is a link to Billy Graham’s web site that can show you or your friend can receive this free gift of eternal life, and begin a new life in relationship to the God of all creation who loves each and every one of us. Take Me to Steps to Peace With God ==> http://www.billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp