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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Why do people object to Christianity?

Look Deeper by Jim Squires

I was once asked, “Tell me, why do you believe that Jesus is the Christ?”

My response was to quote the verse from Paul’s second letter to Timothy in chapter 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless, I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”

Why do people object to Christianity? One reason often given is that Christians are a bunch of hypocrites.  Actually that is often true. There are a lot of bad people who call themselves Christians. Do we judge a religion based on those who do not follow what it teaches?

We probably agree that many Christians are failures, this says nothing about whether or not Jesus is really the divine being He claimed to be. We should not conclude that just because there are bad Christians, Christianity is false.

Another objection often heard is “God doesn’t care which religion you believe.”

My response is “How do you know what God cares about? Has He told you? He didn’t tell me. Where did you get this idea?”

It is impossible that all religions can be true since they make contradictory claims. If one religion is true, then it follows that any other religion that contradicts the true one must be false.

I believe that since God is all-wise and loving, He prefers that we believe truth over error.  Actually the Holy Spirit of the godhead is identified as the Spirit of Truth.

The God of the Bible certainly cares about which religion you believe. In the Old Testament the Jewish people were constantly warned not to worship the gods of the pagans.

Luke recorded in Acts 4:12,  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus also boldly stated this. In John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

A third commonly heard objection is “Christians always think they are right and everyone else is wrong.”

My response to that is “What is wrong with thinking you are right?” The people who offer this objection think they are right and it is the Christians who are wrong!

There is certainly nothing wrong with thinking that you are right when you have good reasons for what you believe.

There are many other objections to Christianity that I would welcome the opportunity to address. I won’t argue with you, I will only profess who I believe Jesus is based on the Bible. Then it is up to you to resolve the age-old question of who Jesus is.

Jim Squires preaches at the Church of Christ in Glendive, serves on the Ministerial Association as secretary and is actively engaged in the community.

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