Challenging Statements For Christians pt.1


In this section, we will look at some of the statements made and questions asked most frequently to challenge Christians; statements which can seem quite challenging at first.

It is easy and natural to feel personally insulted when our beliefs are challenged, and then feel negative toward those making the challenge(s), but it is important to remember that ultimately it is God who is being challenged and not us.

 

We must remember that God doesn't need our help to defend Him. However, if we have developed the skills, which this guide and other resources will help with, He does offer us the privilege of being involved in the process.  A process not so much to defend Him, but to present truth and thus correct mistaken information people have about Christianity.  And unfortunately there is much mistaken information in the beliefs people have about Christianity, by non-Christians and even Christians too.

In this section particularly, I want you to remember what Jesus states in John 13:34-35.

 John 13:34-35 Jesus states "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

 

Our motivation in learning the information in this guide and other resources should be because of our love for others and our concern for their eternal destination.  It should never be from a desire to win an argument or silence another.   

Learning the challenges in this section, the problems with the challenges, and the responses to those challenges will enable you to respond to the challenging statements and questions indicated, and do so in a non threatening way.  In this manner you demonstrates respect for the person posing these statements/questions while correcting mistaken beliefs about Christianity.

 

The following are the Challenging Statements and Questions covered in this section. In most of the sub-sections covering each statement/questions a response idea is provided as an example of a possible response to that statement/question.

  • If God exists, why is there evil?

  • Christians shouldn't be so intolerant

  • All roads lead to God

  • Christians shouldn't Judge

  • Christians are hypocrites

  • Science is the only way we can know reality

  • Has anyone seen or heard God?

  • God is a jealous God and isn't worthy of worship

  • Christianity is just a crutch

  • Beliefs are due to Culture and Geography

  • If I don't accept Jesus will I go to hell?

  • If God is all powerful, can He make a rock so big . . . ?

  • Jesus is a copy cat savior and Christianity is a copy cat religion

  • Jesus never existed

  • The Bible is derogatory to women

  • The Bible promotes slavery

  • If Christianity is true, then why do so many intelligent people not believe it?

  • Revisionist History

Here are some links from other sites covering some challenging statements:

IF GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL, WHY DOES EVIL EXIST? - Greg Koukl

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRMWKz4hbw

WHO ARE YOU TO FORCE YOUR MORALITY? – Greg Koukl

www.str.org/articles/who-are-you-to-force-your-morality-2

65 APOLOGETICS QUESTIONS EVERY CHRISTIAN PARENT NEEDS TO LEARN TO ANSWER

http://christianmomthoughts.com/65-apologetics-questions-every-christian-parent-needs-to-learn-to-answer/

CHALLENGE AND RESPONSE VIDEOS BY STR

https://apologetics315.com/2012/09/featured-resource-challenge-response-videos-by-str/

FOUR-SELF-REFUTING-STATEMENTS-HEARD-ON-COLLEGECAMPUSES-ACROSS-AMERICA

https://coldcasechristianity.com/2016/four-self-refuting-statements-heard-on-college-campuses-across-america/

SELF-DEFEATING STATEMENTS PEOPLE (UNWITTINGLY) USE EVERYDAY!

https://adamlickey.com/2012/09/13/self-defeating-statements-people-unwittingly-use-everyday/

SKEPTICISM AS SNOBBERY

www.conversantlife.com/belief/skepticism-as-snobbery

HOW TO ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS - CONVERSATION STOPPERS SERIES

http://evangelism.intervarsity.org/how/apologetics/conversation-stoppers-series

6 COMMANDMENTS FOR ANSWERING TOUGH QUESTIONS

http://evangelism.intervarsity.org/how/apologetics/6-commandments-answering-tough-questions

"SHORT ANSWERS TO BIG QUESTIONS " - Andy Bannister

https://vimeo.com/rzimcanada/videos/page:3/sort:date

This is a great series of 3 minute videos answering many questions.

ANSWERING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS with Michael Ramsden

PART I - www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQFzpiTc6j8

PART II - www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHHQDD1nnuU

ANSWERING QUESTIONS NON CHRISTIANS ASK - Michael Ramsden

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTo72ZyQNmw

Next Section:  Challenging Statements Introduction

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