Are you wondering if Christianity’s really true? Here’s a look at 10 objections sceptics pose toward Christianity—and how to respond.
1. Christians are hypocrites
There will always be some hypocrites in the church. But Jesus doesn’t ask us to follow others; he asks us to follow him. Christians can represent Jesus either poorly or well. The real question isn’t whether there are hypocrites in the church, but whether Jesus is a hypocrite. The Bible says Jesus was perfect and without sin (1 Peter 2:22; John 8:46). No one could prove him false.
2. What about the atrocities Christians have committed?
Some blame Christianity for religious wars, the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Holocaust. But the people responsible for these evils were Christian in name only. Historically, Christianity has had far more positive influences in the formation of countless hospitals, schools, orphanages and charities.
3. It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God.
Jesus claimed he was the only way to God (John 14:6). Such a claim is either totally true or totally false. Some people ignore Jesus’ claim to be the only Saviour. But if we accept his teachings on other matters, then we must also accept his claims to be the way of salvation.
4. Being a good person is all that really matters.
Some argue that even if a person does not believe in God, what really matters is being a good person. But sincerity doesn’t determine truth. One can be sincerely wrong. God judges people based on truth, not opinions. Neither is God pleased with empty ‘religion’. Truth can only be found in Jesus Christ.
5. What about those who’ve never heard about Jesus?
The Bible suggests that those who do not know Christ will be judged based on the knowledge that has been given to them (Romans 2:14-16). No-one has ever remained lost who wanted to be found. Just as God sent the Apostle Philip to the seeking Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-39), Jesus promises all who seek will find (Matthew 7:7-8).
6. The Bible is filled with errors.
The Bible, God’s Word, is described as ‘the word of truth’ (Colossians 1:5). As such it’s totally trustworthy. What most people claim as errors in the Bible aren’t errors but difficulties. People think they’ve stumbled upon inconsistencies when they haven’t taken the time to find out all the facts, or made an in-depth study of the passage.
By: Frank Harber
Source: Faith & Friends October 2003