Responding to Common Questions and Objections
"Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
© RevivalSermon.org 2014
In today's world, the Christian faith has come under increasing attack. People wonder, how credible is the Christian faith? Do people who profess the Christian faith have reasonable answers to questions posed by skeptics?
In most cases these questions are valid and need to be answered
in order to assure the listener that Christianity is, in fact,
not divorced from reason.
Christians must be able to answer these questions or risk losing all
credibility in an age of skepticism.
However, books that deal with these topics can often be
difficult to read; having pastors as their primary audience.
This session will investigate and equip attendees in responding
appropriately with gentleness and respect.
1. Jesus is not the only way.
2. The church invented the doctrine of Christ's deity at the Council of Nicaea.
3. How can a loving God send someone to hell?
4. The church rejected legitimate dissenting "gospels."
5. The God of the Old Testament is much different than the New Testament.
6. How can you prove there is a God?
7. How can you believe in a book that has been translated numerous times?
8. What about those who have never heard the gospel?
9. Why does God allow evil and suffering?
10. Jesus probably never existed.
11. Why do some Bibles have different books?
12. The Bible has too many contradictions.
13. The gospels were written down hundreds of years after Jesus died.
14. The Bible has scientific errors.
15. How can all other religions be wrong?
16. Do homosexuals go to hell?
17. The resurrection of Jesus was fabricated myth.
18. Evolution has disproven the Book of Genesis.
19. Who made God?
20. If God is eternal, why can't the universe be eternal as well?
21. Paradox scenarios: E.g. Can God make a rock so big he cannot move?
22. Where did Cain get his wife?
23. What about the Crusades?
24. How can you believe in a God who orders genocide?
25. Why do you try to force your beliefs upon other people?
26. Christianity borrowed its basic beliefs from pagan religions.
27. Where do dinosaurs fit in with God's creation?
28. How did Noah get all those animals on the ark?
29. How did we get all the races and ethnicities?
30. All religions basically teach the same thing in essence.
31. Christians, Muslims and Jews all have the same God.
32. Why do you think the Bible is inspired and not other holy books such as the Qur'an?
33. How can you criticize the Book of Mormon?
34. All the different denominations prove Christians cannot agree about what they believe.
35. The church is full of hypocrites.
36. As long as you're sincere, it doesn't matter what you believe.
37. I could never be happy when some of my loved ones are in hell.
38. Many people do lots of good things. You're not saying they won't get into heaven, are you?
The goals of this session is to help attendees to:
* Identifying the most common questions Christians get.
* How many objections can be avoided or are unrelated to evangelism.
* How to avoid long protracted debates that are quarrelsome and non-productive.
* When appropriate; how to lovingly respond to each; biblically and logically.
* Gives information in a non-technical way that can be easily remembered.
* Avoids technical jargon and unnecessary details.
* Provides pointed responses that can be given in a short amount of time.