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Common Objections of Detractors to Christianity

Below are listed some common objections people make against Christianity.  If you have any suggestions (revising the responses, adding objections to the list, etc.), please post them in my comments. 

  • You can’t judge me

    • Response:

      • The word judge has several definitions. To judge does not necessarily imply to condemn. The scriptures instruct us to judge righteous judgement.

  • You are not always right.

    • Response:

      • And I am not always wrong. I am a sinner like everyone else. I acknowledge my sin and proclaim no righteousness of my own but that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • You are claiming to be “holier than thou”.

    • Response:

      • We are all sinners, but the Lord Jesus Christ can cleanse of our iniquity. I do not boast of my own righteousness but that of the Lord God. Instead of making an excuse for my sin, I have chosen to accept God’s free gift of salvation and live a godly life.

  • That is your opinion, so don’t “force” it on others.

    • Response:

      • :You are ignorant of the concept of private property. To use force of would be a violation of someone’s property rights. By explaining and debating my beliefs, I am only using my God given freedom of speech.

      • No, it’s not merely an opinion. I have solid evidence and proof of my religion.

  • The Bible was written for rich and powerful men.

    • Response: Actually, the bible condemns trusting in riches. Below are a small portion of scriptures that condemn trusting in riches:

      • Psalms 37:16, “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.”

      • Psalms 49:6-7, “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:”

      • James 5:1-6, “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.”

      • Matthew 13:22, “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”

      • Luke 18:18-29, “18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? 27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. 28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,”

    • The Bible also condemns trusting in power.

      • Ephesians 6:11-13, “11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

      • 1 John 2:15-17, “15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

      • Ecclesiastes 9:14-18, “14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. 17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.”

  • The Bible was written by men and is fiction.

    • Response:

      • Yes, God used godly men to pen the scriptures in spite of their flaws.

      • The historical accounts of the scriptures have been reaffirmed by historians.

      • The text of the scriptures has been preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic, Greek Textus Receptus, and the scriptures written in numerous languages (KJV for English.)

      • The mathematical impossibility of someone fulfilling all 300+ prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah is slim to none. Yet, the Lord Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies.

      • The scriptures exhibit literary perfection that leaves even secular scholars in awe.

 

 

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Friends Correct Friends in Error

In today’s society of moral relativism and passiveness, people have turned away from correcting and rebuking one another. Our society has embraced religious tolerance in place of absolute truth. Instead of rebuking, we are now told to tolerate others’ beliefs in fear of being judgmental. Instead of debating issues, we are now told that it doesn’t matter because truth doesn’t exist.

Our society has become decadent. Our country depraved. Friends, in the name of being “friendly”, are now so passive that they refuse to constructively rebuke their friends in fear of losing them.

Even Christians have succumbed, somewhat, to the passive attitude so prevalent in today’s society. We must stand up for what is right and true, even if our friends disagree. Truth is not dependent upon popular consent. Truth stands even if the whole world falters from it.

Friends must once again begin to sharpen their friends’ countenances; “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).” We must not succumb to being passive, for “[o]pen rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5).” Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”