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Answering Objections

March 15, 2013

Dear friends,

If you had been joining us on Wednesday mornings last year, you would have been faced with a number of common objections to Christian faith. Why are there so many religions? Why is there so much suffering? Why are Christians such bigots? And hasn’t science proved that the Bible is wrong?

Some of the questions non-believers ask are rather simple and easy to answer, but some are very deep and thought-provoking (and you might already have guessed that some of the very same questions have appeared during the Y course evenings). And since the Bible tells us to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15), we need to think through these issues in order to be able to do that. The Bible never tells us to disregard facts and reason: the risen Jesus allowed the disciples to see him alive and even touch him (proof); archaeology is constantly confirming what the Bible says (facts); and by definition, science cannot prove or disprove anything outside the realm of nature – but of course that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything outside nature (logic).

But why, in the first place, are there so many people who use these arguments to attack Christianity? Well, because there is an enemy who doesn’t want them to give their lives to Jesus. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4). As I said in a recent sermon, we’re at war. “Onwards Christian soldiers” isn’t just a nice old hymn (or even worse, a religious sentiment), it’s a battle cry that is just as valid now as when it was first penned – and it’s for real.

Yes, Satan is alive and kicking – and desperately trying to silence us. Will we let him succeed? Will we let him turn us into harmless adherents of religion – or are we going to resist him by standing firm in the truth of the Gospel? An irate devil is quite a frightful enemy – but I’d rather face a wrathful Satan during my ministry in this world, than a disappointed Jesus in the next.

So let’s stand together in the truth: all people are sinners, all people everywhere need Jesus, and all people may become disciples of Jesus if they only want to. Let’s shine the light of that truth all the time, whatever we might be doing – relaxing at home, spending time with family, shopping, working or enjoying some hobby. Wherever we are, our duty as Christian soldiers is to resist Satan’s lies and deception, boldly proclaiming the truth: Jesus is the only way to God!

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