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Common objections to the Christian faith:

1. “What about people in the deepest parts of Africa who never hear about Jesus? You mean to tell me that God will send them to hell too?”

Answer: The implication here, is that people go to hell for not hearing about, or believing in, Jesus. But that is not what the case. The primary reason people go to hell, according to the Bible, is for sinning against God, breaking His holy Law, the Ten Commandments. Kirk Cameron gave this illustration that might help: If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, you will die. The reason you will die is not primarily because you didn’t have a parachute, but rather, because you broke the law of gravity. Now, had you put on the parachute, you would have been saved, but the primary reason you die is because you violated a scientific law. In the same way, sinners who have never trusted Christ will go to hell, not for failing to hear about Jesus, but rather, because they violated God’s law by lying, stealing, blaspheming, etc. Now, had they put on the Lord Jesus Christ, they would have been saved, but the primary reason they will spiritually die is because broke the law. So if you are truly concerned about those who have never heard of Jesus’ payment for their sins, the best thing to for you to do is to get right before God, and then “Go and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)


2. “It is intolerant of you to say that Jesus is the only way to heaven”

Answer: Christians are not the ones who said this, Jesus did. Please see the response to this under FAQ’s

3. “ I don’t believe the Bible, it is just another book written by men”

Answer: Lets look at a few verses from this book, and you determine who these are speaking of: “They pierced my hands and my feet”, “They gave me gall for my food, and vinegar for my drink”, “They divided my garments among themselves, and cast lots for my clothing”, “ But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the punishment for our peace was upon him, an by His wounds we are healed”, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth”, “Yet he himself bore our sickness, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. Now, who could that possibly be talking about? There is no doubt, it is Jesus Christ being referred to. What makes this important is that these are all verses from the Old Testament, which was completed some four hundred years before Jesus was born! What does that tell you about the inspiration of this “book”? Not only that, the Bible is full of scientific facts that were written well before men had scientific knowledge on the subject, for instance: I am sure you realize that there was a time in which the brightest minds on earth believed that the earth was flat. Of course we now know that that the earth is round, but did you know that the Bible actually speaks of this fact, long before science knew it to be true? Don’t believe me? Look at Isaiah 40:22: “He (God) sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…” How about that? Let’s look at another one: Do you know that there was a time that people believed that the earth sat on the back of a large animal? Sound ridiculous to us now, but it is true! We of course realize that the earth is free floating in space, and guess what? The Bible tell us this in Job 26:7; “He spreads out the northern skies, over empty space, he suspends the earth over nothing.” How about stars? Science used to think that all stars were the same, and now know that they are all different. But, you guessed it, the Bible tells us that all stars are different! 1 Corinthians 15:41 says, “The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another, and the stars another; and stars differ from stars in splendor.” Not only the individual design of stars, but the number of them. Science once believed that there were only 1,100 stars, whereas we know that there are an innumerable amount of stars. The Bible speaks of this in Jeremiah 33:22, “ I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” Another example is the case of the sick needing to be bled. There was a time when doctors believed a sick person needed to bleed to get rid of their sickness, and people would often bleed to death. Of course now we know that life is in the blood, which confirms the Bible in Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of a creature is in the blood…” If these facts don’t show you the divine inspiration of the Bible, perhaps it is not that you can’t find God, but rather, that you won’t find God.


4. “If God really exists, and is so loving, how can there be so much suffering in the world?”

Answer: God is loving, but He is also holy and just. We cant separate one attribute of God and put it higher than the others. When He created the world, He said it was “good”. When He created Adam and Eve, they were without sin, sickness, and any form of suffering. However, when Adam chose to sin, eating of the fruit that God had forbidden him to eat of, he brought on the curse of sin, and the “fall”. Man has been dying ever since. The Bible says, “The soul that sins, it shall die” That would be all of us, we are part of the ultimate statistic: ten out ten people die. So any “suffering” we see, is a result of man’s sinning against God. However, we do have the promise that, “All things work together for good, to them that love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose”. So we have the promise, that one day, the Lord will restore things to the way He originally intended them to be. His justice will be poured out, and those who have repented of their sin, and put their trust in Jesus Christ, will spend eternity in heaven, where there will be no sin or suffering. We have that hope, if we are right with God now.

5. “I believe in a God of forgiveness, who would never send anyone to hell”

Answer: Well, if you believe that, you are right! You’re “god” would never send anyone to hell, because he couldn’t, he is a figment of your imagination. You have made a god in your mind that you are more comfortable with, which is an example of idolatry, and a violation of the first and second commandments. The Bible makes it very clear that there is a day coming in which God will, “judge the world in righteousness”. Jesus spoke more about hell, than heaven. He described it as a place where there was, “weeping and gnashing of teeth”, “the worm never dies”, and “eternal fire”. In fact, Jesus said that there would be many who would say to Him, “Lord, Lord” on the day of judgment, and He would tell them, “Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity, into the eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels!” Telling them to go into the fire, shows that it is a literal place, not mere separation from God, and the word eternal speaks of it being a place of everlasting torment, not annihilation. You say, but God is good! How could he ever send someone to hell?” God is good, and because of His goodness, he must see that justice is done. For Him to overlook the wickedness of sinners would not make Him “good” at all. What would you think of a judge who let a man that had raped and murdered ten women go free? He wouldn’t be a good judge, but a corrupt judge. We would cry for him to be thrown out of the court and put in jail with the criminals! God will give justice to all men, according to their deeds. Our only hope is to accept the payment that Jesus made on our behalf. He paid the fine for the law that we broke, and by repentance from sin and faith in His blood, we can be set free.

6. “Sure I’ve lied, and stolen a few small things, but that isn’t really that serious”

Answer: The Bible warns in Revelation 21:8, “..all liars will have their part in the lake of fire.” In 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 we see that no thief, no fornicator, or blasphemer will inherit the kingdom of God. So it is not how we view our sin, but how God views it, and He takes it very seriously. Think of it like this: If I walk up to a man and his wife and say something off color, that I don’t think is a big deal, but it offends them, it is not up to me to decide if my speech was offensive or not. It is up to the people I spoke to. In the same way, when we sin, it is not up to us to judge the seriousness of our crime, but rather it is up to the One we have sinned against, and the Bible says that our sin is primarily against God. He will judge sin according to His standard, and His standard is moral perfection. Living without sin in thought, word, and deed is what He requires, and there is only one who has lived such a life, Jesus Christ. That is why He is our only hope of eternal life.

7. “I confess my sins all the time; doesn’t that make me right with God?”

Answer: Try that in a court of law. You’ve committed multiple crimes, which it is clear you are guilty of. However, you stand before the judge and say, “Judge, I am guilty of those crimes, and I am very sorry for them, and will try my best not to do them again.” Now, is the judge going to let you go? Of course not! He is bound by the law to make sure justice is done, to see that criminals are punished for their crimes. Otherwise, he is not a good judge, but rather a corrupt judge. God, in the same way, will not simply forgive people for their sin because they are sorry for them, or because they confess that they have, in fact, committed the sin. But rather, he will forgive sins only through the blood of Jesus Christ, the atoning work He did for us on the cross. Go back to the courtroom for a moment, lets say you are guilty for crimes, and there is a fine that you cannot pay. So as you are being led off to jail, someone steps into the courtroom and pays your fine for you! Now, you can be set free, and the judge is still upholding justice because the fine has been paid. The law has no more hold on you. In the same way, 2000 years ago, the Bible tells us that Jesus died on the cross, not simply as a martyr, but rather as a payment that the judge (God) demands for the law that we broke (The Ten Commandments) We broke the Law, and Jesus paid our fine. That means we can be set free, not just because we are sorry, or that we try not to sin again, but because the fine has been paid. And if we accept that payment, by repenting (confess and turn from) of sin and putting our trust in Jesus, We can know that we have Gods’ forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life.

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