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Is religion a war machine? 

  

Here’s one thing you might hear when trying to talk to someone about Jesus. 

“I hate religion! Religion has caused more death and wars then anything else!” 

Well, let’s look at some facts here. Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars lists about 1,763 wars that have been fought over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being “religious in nature.” That means of all wars, about 6% were religious. Now subtract Islam’s wars from the religious wars, and you have about 3%. So, of all the wars fought in our history, minus Islam’s wars, only about 3% have been religious in nature. 

The truth is, non-religious motivations, and atheistic philosophies have caused nearly all of mankind’s wars. 

Non-Religious Dictator Lives Lost

Joseph Stalin – 42,672,000

Mao Zedong – 37,828,000

Adolf Hitler – 20,946,000

Chiang Kai-shek – 10,214,000

Vladimir Lenin – 4,017,000

Hideki Tojo – 3,990,000

Pol Pot – 2,397,000

If religion isn’t the number 1 cause of wars, then what is it? The same thing that triggers all crime, cruelty, loss of life, ect…Sin. 
We shouldn’t be surprised though. Jesus told us, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21–23).”

In short, don’t believe people who shout religion is the number one cause of wars.

How many of these faulty arguments can you find today?

  

Self-refuting statements
You will probably most typically find them in the media, or secular college/school campuses. Pay attention and see if you can hear any of these, or similar ones, throughout your day! 
“Don’t judge me.”-The person saying this is making a judgement. 
“There are no absolutes.”-Are you absolutely sure?
“Everything is an illusion, nothing is real.”-So that statement is an illusion and I shouldn’t trust it? 
“I want to rid myself of all desire.”-So…you desire…to not have desires? 
“There is no truth.”-Is that statement true?
“You can’t know truth.” -How do you know that?
“You should doubt everything.” -So I should doubt what you just said?
“You shouldn’t force your morality on people.” -You are forcing your moral view, that I shouldn’t force my moral view, onto me. 
“You shouldn’t try to convert people.”-Then why are you trying to convert me to the position that it is wrong to convert?
“You should be tolerant of all views.” -Then you should tolerate my view. 
“It’s true for you, but not for me.”-Is that just true for you, or for everybody?
“All truth is relative.”-Is that a relative truth?
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Common Objections Answered 

  
“The Bible has been translated so many times, its meaning has been lost.”

-Most people who say this have never studied how the Bible has been translated. If they had actually studied this, they would know how incredibly accurate, and reliably translated the Bible has been.  

Contrary to what most people think, the Bible is not a translation of a translation of a translation…ect. For example, it was not written in Hebrew, then translated into Latin, then Italian, then Spanish, then German……and finally our English Bible. No. The way scholars translate the Bible, is by taking the oldest, most reliable manuscripts, and translate directly from that.  

Dig deeper here-

https://carm.org/hasnt-bible-been-rewritten-so-many-times-we-cant-trust-it-anymore
“God wouldn’t send people to hell because the Bible says, “God is love.””

-Yes, 1 John 4:8 says God is love. However, God is also;
Just (Deuteronomy 32:4)

All powerful (Psalm 33:9; Isaiah 40:28; 46:10)

Omnipresent  (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:24)

All knowing (Romans 16:27; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)

Sovereign  (Romans 16:27; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)

And much, much more…

To limit God to just one quality and ignore the rest of His attributes, is idolatry. By elevating God’s love and ignoring His other qualities, you are forming a god of your own image to fit your own needs. You are picking and choosing which qualities of God you like and discarding the ones you do not. You have made up in your mind a god that does not exist. A god that does not convict you of your sin. A god that allows you to live however you want without any guilt. 

So yes, God is love, but He is much, much more than just that. He is a righteous, holy, perfect, all knowing, infinitely powerful, all wise judge. Because He is a good judge, and not corrupt, He will not allow evil to go unpunished. How would you feel if a judge in a courtroom let a murderer go without any punishment? How much more so, will God not let sin, the violation of His law, go unpunished. 

“If you really believe the Bible, why don’t you stone people to death for certain sins like the Bible says to do?”

-This can be a genuine question, or a mocking one accusing believers of cherry-picking which rules they want to follow and which rules they don’t want to follow.  

The short answer is because those laws are no longer in effect.  

The old testament contains 3 types of laws. The ceremonial, civil and moral laws.  

The ceremonial laws stopped with the fulfillment of Christ’s work. The civil law was meant only for the people of Israel in the Old Testament, not today’s believers who are under a new covenant in Christ. The moral laws are the only ones that carried over from the Old Testament. That is because wrong will always be wrong, and right will always be right, no matter what the year is. This is because God never changes.  
“Christians are hypocrites.”

-Yes, we can be. But Christians never claim to be perfect. What we do claim however, is to be horrible, sinful people who desperately need Jesus to forgive us of our sins. That is the whole point of Christianity. Admitting you’re a sinner, repenting of your sins, and striving to be more like Christ. It is a logical mistake to blame God for the mistakes of humans. Did God mess up? No. Did God tell us to act like hypocrites? No, He actually told us He hated hypocrites. So claiming you don’t like Christians, or Christianity because there are hypocrites in the church, is a poor reason to not put your faith in Christ and repent.  
“I can’t believe in a God that would kill entire groups of people.”

-This would imply that your sense of morality, justice, and wisdom are somehow greater than God’s. But let’s talk about it anyway. 

God used Israel to destroy corrupt nations, such as the Canaanites, who were evil, almost beyond what we can even imagine today. “Every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods” (Deuteronomy 12:31). Their destruction was commanded to prevent Israel from following their ways. “Lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 20:18; also Deuteronomy 12:29-30).

“Christianity is an intellectual crutch. I don’t need to believe in miracles or the supernatural.”

-People who don’t believe in the supernatural have already assumed that there is no God. Starting off your thinking by automatically eliminating possible answers, is intellectually dishonest. If you were truly intellectually honest, you would start your thinking like this, “There may be a God, or there may not be a God.” Then you would conduct your investigation to see which theory best answers questions like, “How did the universe begin?” Where did life come from?” “Is it possible for the universe to have created itself?” “Is it possible for living cells to come from non-living cells?” ect….
If you are intellectually honest, and start your investigation by saying, “If there is a God that is all powerful, all knowing, all wise, that is outside of time and space, as the Bible claims,” then you would have no problem believing that this God could perform miracles without any trouble at all. To begin your thinking by already assuming the super natural does not exist only shows how biased, and intellectually dishonest you are being. 
“Science proves the Bible is wrong. Just compare Genesis with evolutionary facts.”

-No, it does not. Not to say that the Bible submits to science, because it does not, but science only confirms what is written in the Bible. Consider this chart:
Dig deeper- 

https://answersingenesis.org/

“It’s ignorant to think Jesus is the only way!”

-In today’s day and age, no one likes to be told they are wrong. Telling someone they are wrong is one of the biggest offenses you can commit, apparently. A lot of people like to say, “All faiths are right,” “Every religion is basically the same.” We live in an era where everyone gets a trophy, and everyone is right. Let’s think about this for a second…

Can truth contradict itself?  No. A true statement cannot be both true, and not true. It’s basic logic. Read this next paragraph and tell me if you see any contradictions…

     Buddhism says there is no personal God, and everyone can reach “godlikeness” on his own. Islam says that Jesus was just a prophet and not the only way to God. Christianity says that there is a personal God and that the only way to Him is through Jesus (John 14:6). 

  If these three religions are “all true”, or just “different paths to the same place”, then why do they contradict each other? Does truth contradict itself? No, we already established that.  

So is it ignorant to say that not every religion is right? No, it’s actually smart and logical. It is truly ignorant to say that everyone is right.  

“Being a good person is all that really matters.”

-Are you a good person? God wants us to be good, and has given us rules to live by. Let’s see how we stand up to His standard of goodness. Answer these in your head…
Have you ever lied? Probably going to say yes. 

Have you ever stolen, irrespective of value or your age? Probably yes. 

Have you ever lusted after someone? (Jesus says to look at someone with lust is to commit adultery with that person in your heart) Probably yes. 

Have you ever taken the Lord’s name in vain? Probably yes. 
So, if you were honest, then you’re like the rest of us. You are a self-admitted lying, blasphemous, thief, and an adulterer at heart.  
We are not good people. Don’t believe that lie for a second. The Bible warns us of this and tells us that mans heart is deceitful (Jer. 17:9), full of evil (Mark 7:21-23), loves darkness (John 3:19), does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12), is ungodly (Rom. 5:6), dead in his sins (Eph. 2:1), by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3), cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14), and a slave of sin (Rom. 6:16-20). Don’t tell yourself you are good. When we are exposed to God’s moral law, we can see that we are actually not good people. 

“The Bible is filled with errors and contradictions.”

-The easiest way to respond to this it to ask, “Like what?” Most people who claim the bible is full of errors or contradictions can’t even name one. It is just a parroted response they like to throw out there.  

However, if they can think of one, all you have to do is show them that it is not a contradiction. Most of the time it is just the readers error and lack of understanding, or using verse out of context.   
Here is a large section of supposed “errors” or “contradictions” with answers-

https://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy
“Why does God allow murderers, rapists and other evil people to live?”

-The very same reason He permits liars, thieves, blasphemers, adulterers, murderers at heart, idolaters, ect…  

If God were to punish all evil right now, you and I would perish alongside the murderers and rapists. Luckily, God is extremely patient and merciful, and because of that, we have a chance to repent and put our faith in Him. We should be thanking Him for His patience and mercy with us.  

“Why would God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

-The answer to this was already touched on in the previous section, “Being a good person is all that really matters.”

The answer is, there are no good people by God’s standard. What you should be asking is, “How could God possibly allow good things to happen to bad people?”
“Why does God allow evil and suffering?”

-This question implies that if God exists, there would be no evil, because He is all powerful and could stop it. Well, let’s think about that for a second.  
Wouldn’t God stopping all evil include Him stopping us? We lie, steal, cheat…..What about our thoughts? What if you had an evil thought. That would mean God would have to stop you from thinking that evil thought in some way. He’d either have to kill you, or make it so you can’t think anymore.  

Evil is in this world partly because we give it its place but ultimately because God, in His sovereignty, permits it and keeps it under His control.

Then you might say, “Couldn’t He just make us perfect and that way we wouldn’t sin?” He already did that. He made a perfect angel, Satan, but he sinned. He made a perfect man, Adam, and he sinned. He made a perfect woman, Eve, and she sinned. God knows what He is doing. He made us the way we are for a purpose. We don’t fully understand that purpose, but He does.

“Christianity is just blind faith.”

-Sadly, some people in the church do think our faith is supposed to be “blind.” I’m not saying we can know everything, but the idea f blind faith is definitely not biblical.The God of the Bible does not require that we blindly follow Him. 

The Bible tells us to “examine everything carefully” and to believe only that which is actually true (1 Thessalonians 5:21 NASB; see also Colossians 2:4). 

The Bible commends the people in the city of Berea for verifying that the words spoken by the apostle Paul were actually true (Acts 17:11).

God desires that we use our minds and not just our hearts (Matthew 22:37). God says, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

The Bible exhorts Christians to have answers for people with questions (1 Peter 3:15).

God desires all people “to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
“Since God is so big and infinite, it is impossible to know Him.”

-This is wrong because it is assuming that the Almighty God is incapable of making Himself known. If you are going to assume there is an all powerful God, you must be consistent and acknowledge the fact that He can make Himself known if He wants, and He has. 

Common misunderstandings 

  
“I don’t believe God would send anyone to hell. Doesn’t the Bible say God is love?”
Yes, 1 John 4:8 says God is love. However, God is also;
Just (Deuteronomy 32:4)

All powerful (Psalm 33:9; Isaiah 40:28; 46:10)

Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:24)

All knowing (Romans 16:27; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)

Sovereign (Romans 16:27; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)
And much, much more…
To limit God to just one quality and ignore the rest of His attributes, is idolatry. By elevating God’s love and ignoring His other qualities, you are forming a god of your own image to fit your own needs. You are picking and choosing which qualities of God you like and discarding the ones you do not. You have made up in your mind a god that does not exist. A god that does not convict you of your sin. A god that allows you to live however you want without any guilt. 
So yes, God is love, but He is much, much

more than just that. He is a righteous, holy, perfect, all knowing, infinitely powerful, all wise judge. And because He is a good judge, and not corrupt, He will not allow evil to go unpunished. But evil is not just murder, rape, robbery, ect…It is lying, lusting, taking the Lords name in vain, stealing… So if you haven’t already, repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins. 

Scientific Accuracy in the Bible

  

Astronomers have recently discovered a massive hole in space above the northern hemisphere where there are no stars, no planets, no gases, nothing…I guess we shouldn’t be surprised though. 
Job 26:7-“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.”  

“University of Minnesota astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen “dark matter.” While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this new discovery dwarfs them all.

“Not only has no one ever found a void this big, but we never even expected to find one this size,” said Lawrence Rudnick of the University of Minnesota astronomy professor. Rudnick, along with grad student Shea Brown and associate professor Liliya Williams, also of the University of Minnesota, reported their findings in a paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.

Astronomers have known for years that, on large scales, the Universe has voids largely empty of matter. However, most of these voids are much smaller than the one found by Rudnick and his colleagues. In addition, the number of discovered voids decreases as the size increases.
“What we’ve found is not normal, based on either observational studies or on computer simulations of the large-scale evolution of the Universe,” Williams said.”
-http://m.phys.org/_news107109720.html

Spiritual anorexia  

We all get hungry and need to eat. It’s a way of survival. A way of life. Our stomach growls and we know we need to feed it. It comes naturally. Well, if you really listen, really pay attention, so does feeding your spiritual-lets call it-stomach. It needs to be fed. And it needs to be fed often. 

If going to church is the only spiritual feeding you get, you are starving yourself. 

All week long, you are surrounded by the world. You are bombarded by worldly values, worldly philosophy, worldly activities, ect…all things that are contrary to what God teaches us and commands us how to live. 
Imagine if you drank poison 6 days a week, then on the last day you drank a nice, healthy, fruit smoothie. So you tell yourself, “I’m healthy because I had my fruit smoothie today!” 

No one would say that person is healthy. Yet we as Christians sometimes think that we are taking care of ourselves spiritually by attending church for an hour on Sunday, then spending the remaining 144 hours of the week without ever reading the Bible, praying, fellowship, ect…

Take care of yourselves. Let’s follow Job’s example. 

“I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” -Job 23:12

  

Defending the Christian faith with evidence and logic