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10 Objections to Christianity and

10 Objections to Christianity and How to Respond
If I needed any more proof that main stream Christianity is almost completely out of touch with our world, then I’ve found it. In a very well intentioned article on Christianity Today’s website, Frank Harber lays out 10 common struggles non-Christians often have with the concept of Christianity. The idea for the article is a good one; however, instead of really engaging the questions, the article basically tells you how to marginalize the person asking.

The concerns are good ones to address. They are:
1) Christians are hypocrites.
2) What about the atrocities Christians have committed?
3) Christianity is a crutch.
4) It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God.
5) Being a good person is all that really matters.
6) What about those who’ve never heard about Jesus?
7) The Bible is filled with errors.
8) If God is so good, why is there evil?
9) Why is there suffering?
10) If there’s a hell, why would a loving God send people there?

Why are we so afraid to admit that there are difficult things to deal with when it comes to our faith? If a person who is looking for answers asks us question #2 (the one about atrocities committed by Christians through history), why do we automatically fall back on the cliché answers instead of just giving heart felt honest ones. Why tell them “Those people weren’t real Christians” (which will inevitably lead to questions about how a “Christian” President can kill nearly 4000 Iraqi civilians) when we can just honestly tell them that “hey, Christians can be idiots and do really stupid things sometimes. We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to learn and grow”.

When a person is concerned about Christian Hypocrisy, why insult the asker by saying “you should be more concerned about Jesus, because Jesus wasn’t a hypocrite”. Instead, we should just admit “Yes, we can be hypocrites sometimes. But we’re all on a spiritual journey with Christ who is changing us bit by bit”.

We feel this need to appear strong and confident when challenged and questioned about our faith. The world has been watching us do it for generations and don’t buy it. Why should we be ashamed of our brokenness? Why shouldn’t we be humble? Why shouldn’t we just be honest? The world would probably find it a refreshing change.

Here’s an idea. The next time someone asks you one of these questions, don’t fire back immediately with some patented Christian cliché answer. Instead, just tell them: “You know what, your right. That’s a great question and I don’t really have a great answer. Why don’t we take some time and wrestle with it together and see if we can come up with some answers”. Maybe I’m just being naïve.

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July 5, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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