12 Questions People Ask About the Christian Faith
By Pat McLeod
When it comes to God and Christianity do you have questions? Nearly everyone does–believers and unbelievers alike. Have you ever wished for a concise, understandable response that will satisfy both the mind and the heart?
It is amazing how many times people ask questions that they think no one else has asked and certainly no one has ever answered.
Here you will find the twelve questions most often asked about the Christian faith, and responses to each of them. There are three levels of answers: the return question (which helps get to the heart of the issue), a one-minute response (which is about all the time one has when discussing these questions with others) and, finally, a prolonged response (often with suggested sources if you want to go deeper on that issue).
It is foolish to assume that everything we believe is true. Here are some things to consider when your beliefs are called into question:
- Clearly identify the belief you hold that is being called into question and the arguments for that belief.
- Clearly identify the belief that is being offered in its place and the arguments for it.
- Treat the belief you hold as innocent until proven guilty. Treat it like a relative in good standing that has been accused of a felony. Continue to act upon your belief until it is proven guilty. Make sure you consult with a good counselor.
- Before amending the inner constitution of your belief system, first share the proposed amendment with several people you know who hold the belief that you are giving up, and give them a chance to rebut the arguments.
- Pray for God to give you clarity of thought so that you can be courageous and loving.
- How do you know there is a God?
- How can there be a God when there is so much evil and suffering in the world?
- How can you reconcile belief in God with science and especially evolution?
- How can you trust the Bible?
- What about all the hypocrites in the church?
- How do you reconcile God’s sovereignty with man’s freedom?
- How can a loving God send people to Hell?
- How can any rational person believe in the Trinity?
- How do Christians get off saying their religion is the only one?
- Don’t all religions lead to the same God?
- What about those who have never heard?
- Isn’t everything relative?
And Now a Question for You!
Hopefully you have found some of these answers to questions helpful. Maybe they have removed a stumbling block that has kept you from accepting Christ.
If Christianity is true, however, the real stumbling block to faith is not any of these questions. Rather, the thing that really keeps us from embracing Christ as Savior is our pride–our unwillingness to admit that we need Him.
God loves us (John 3:16) and created us to know him personally (John 17:3), but, because of our stubborn self will each of us have gone our own way and are separated from Him. God’s word says that all of us are sinful (Rom. 3:23) and the penalty of sin is death–separation from God (Rom. 6:23). Left to our own we are destined for an eternal existence apart from God (2 Thes. 1:9).
The good news is that God’s love for us is so great that He sent His own son, Jesus Christ, to save us by dying on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8).
Jesus, alone, offers a way for us to be forgiven and come back into a relationship with a loving and just God (John 14:6). The Bible is clear, we cannot get there by our own works (Ephesians 2:8,9).
This is the real stumbling block in Christianity–admitting that we need Jesus and can’t get our lives right without him.
Some of Christ’s final words recorded in the New Testament are, “Look, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)
The question that I now leave with you is, “Are you ready to surrender to God and invite Jesus Christ to come into your life, forgive your sin and make you the kind of person He created you to be?”