I spent most of the morning working on this afternoon’s article for the other blog and the rest of the day is committed. So instead I bring you this article from 2012 which looks at ten common objections raised in opposition to embracing Christianity.
Bob Ayton is a teacher and Science Department Chairman in Marion County, Florida who has been named as one of the top three science teachers in the state of Florida for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – one of the most prestigious awards a science teacher can receive. Before teaching, he had over 7 years of experience as both an Analytical Chemist and Laboratory Manager in the Pharmaceutical Industry for an industry leading pharmaceutical contract company.
You are encouraged to click the link in the title below to read this at source and then look around his blog, Engage.
1) The Bible has mistakes
The Bible is in fact the most reliable and accurate book of antiquity. It is textually accurate due to the number of manuscripts and the dating of those manuscripts. There are over 5,000 complete Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, 10,000 Latin, and 9,300 other with some of the earliest copies dating to 120 AD. Complete New Testaments could be compiled with even the direct quoting of early church fathers. The archaeological evidence is simply overwhelming in that 29 ancient kings from the Old Testament have been found in chronological order with the exact same depiction of names on monuments excavated and written in their own time. The internal evidence of consistency of 66 books from 40 authors written in 3 different languages in different genres over a span of 1500 years and there is one consistent message throughout the entire book. Lastly, the prophetic evidence is profound in that the Messianic prophecies alone that came true in Jesus were about 300 in number. To just fulfill 8 of these would be along the order of 1 in 10 to the 17th power or equal to filling the state of Texas 2 feet deep in coins, marking one black, stirring it up, and letting one blindfolded guy pick out the exact one. Objection over-ruled.
2) What about all those different translations
Translations do not in fact make the Bible or Christianity inaccurate. We have some of the most literal translations of the Bible in the English language that are consistent and accurate with regard to the original language through the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the English Standard Version (ESV). You would be correct in saying paraphrases like the Message and other liberal translations have swayed drastically from the original words of God, but literal translations are different ways to say the exact same thing. Objection over-ruled.
3) Hell is just not reasonable
This objection has its roots in the over-estimation of man and the under-estimation of God. It takes a philosophical worldview starting point that man is essentially good and God forgives everyone in not really upholding any justice at all. The Bible states that man is not good, that man can do no good that would merit favor with God, and he is ultimately accountable for his thoughts, words, and deeds. I am just about as excited about Hell and the next guy, but it is a reality according to the wretched sinner that I am. It fits with justice that breaking the highest laws in the land deserves the highest judgement for which we are accountable. The amazing thing is that God Himself, Jesus, lived a perfect life, took on God’s wrath for which we deserved, and offers us the free gift of salvation through repentance and faith in Him alone out of His mercy, love, and kindness. Through faith in Him we get His life of righteousness and He takes on the payment for our sin so that grace is bestowed and justice is satisfied. With the correct starting point and a proper view of man and God, Hell is definitely reasonable. Objection over-ruled.
4) What about all those hypocrites in the church
This objection is actually true. I totally agree with the unbeliever here that there are hypocrites in every church. It is true that the church is full of hypocrites because we are sinners that are saved by grace alone in Christ alone through faith alone for His glory alone. We get no credit, we get no glory, we get no accolades. Now there are true and false believers in every church and the true believer is growing in holiness and is a new creation with a new heart and new desires. However, truth should never be ultimately determined by the actions of the presumed followers but the standard of truth itself – which is Jesus. Jesus was the only non-hypocrite and He is the truth. Therefore, test Him as the benchmark for sincerity. Objection over-ruled.
5) Science and evolution has disproved God
I could go on forever on this one. Evidential science proves there is a God. It does not prove who God is but it does prove in the complexity and amazing nature of our Creator. Macro-evolution is a falsehood which has not one shred of evidential scientific proof and is ultimately a religion in and of itself. Just click on the categories of Evolution and Atheism and I make my case throughout this blog. Objection emphatically over-ruled.
6) Only one way to God, what about all those other religions
The exclusivity of Christ is a tough thing to swallow for unbelievers in our “tolerance-driven” culture. That is, tolerate every view except the one view that says there is only One Way. The logical conundrum that Biblical Christianity presents is that Jesus says, “I am the Way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” This is an exclusive statement that is either right or wrong. However it cannot coexist with other religions.
If you really look at all the other religions in the world, they are man trying to work to become righteous enough to satisfy God. Biblical Christianity is the only religion that says that you are not good and no good work can satisfy God. All God should do is justly punish the sinner who is a lawbreaker. But God, out of His loving-kindness and mercy, sacrificed His only Son to take the penalty that the sinner deserves. He died in our place, He took on our iniquities, He bore our sin. Buddha never died for anybody, Mohammed never died for anybody, only Christ died for us.
How then can we stand before God on the Day of Judgment and say, “God, You have not done enough. One way of salvation is not enough.” Objection over-ruled.
7) What about all those wars started by Christians
The key to this questions is again…do not base Christianity on the basis of the actions of some of the presumed followers of the faith that are acting contradictory to what the Bible states. The Bible clearly states to love your enemy and this has been demonstrated in countless examples of martyrs through the ages. I urge the person that promotes this complaint to buy and read Foxes Book of Martyrs.
The unbeliever has to look to causes of extreme horrors perpetrated by atheism that is completely justified and aligned with the worldview that there is no God that we are accountable to. Stalin was responsible for 40-100 million people slaughtered, Hitler killed 20 million people for his evolutionary genocide, Mao Tse-Tung murdered between 40 and 80 million people, and Pol Pot killed 2 million of his own people. Objection over-ruled.
8) Christianity was spread by the power-hungry people
Yes, the apostles who were all poor, made no money, had absolutely no power, were oppressed by Rome in the world and the religious elite in Israel, and all died martyrs deaths were all power-hungry people who spread Christianity throughout the known land. Do you see the illogical nature of this objection?
Christianity was spread by God’s ordaining power throughout history by those who were weak, unpopular, uneducated, unimpressive people (see 1 Corinthians 1). Christianity, time and time again, has been attempted to be eradicated by those in power, only to be unsuccessful. Objection over-ruled.
9) If God was really all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving, why is there pain and sickness and death?
This again shows a misunderstanding of God and an over-estimation of man. It is our fault that there is pain and sickness and death. It is our sin that has brought about these consequences, not God. The consequence of our sin is death and God should justly bring about that death the instant we first sin. He is right and just to do this in the same way we want a murderer or rapist to be guilty and have a consequence for their despicable crime. Our sin are crimes against the highest law, which is God Himself.
However God is patient and merciful and kind and offers forgiveness through His Son. Therefore, objection over-ruled and that leads us to the final objection.
10) All objections in every form and facet
All objections are rooted in a person wanting to divert the issue away from the true source, which is themselves. They are all smoke to cover up the sin and pride that the sinner loves. The Bible says that a person must repent and put their trust in Jesus to be saved. If you are that person who has brought about these objections before, focus on your own sin and understand that God offers to pay for that sin through His Son. He offers to pay the price for your crimes and dismiss your case on the basis of all of the evidence being placed on His Son. Then and only then can all objections to your condemnation be emphatically over-ruled.