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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. 

Does the Qur’an have the same evidence that the Bible does?

There are a lot of reasons for doubting that the Qur’an is inspired.

-It contradicts known facts of science. For example, it teaches that the sun actually descends down into a muddy spring on the earth (Surah 18:86). You could get away with a statement like that in certain parts of the world in the seventh century. Obviously, today, we know that the sun is actually on a circuit through space.

-The Qur’an contradicts known facts of history. For example, it denies that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross (Surah 4:157), something that has been substantiated not only by the Bible but also by extrabiblical sources, such as the Jewish Talmud and Flavius Josephus.

-The Qur’an has multiple internal inconsistencies.

There are no good reasons to accept the Qur’an as inspired Scripture. The most popular evidence that Muslims try to give for the divine inspiration of the Qur’an is its literary beauty, but this is a highly questionable means of testing a document for divine inspiration. What would stop us from believing that Shakespeare’s writings were also divinely inspired? After examining these things, it would be safe to conclude that the Qur’an is not an inspired book.

Why follow Jesus and Chrsitianity?

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When people ask, “How’d you choose Christianity? Why not Mormonism?” (Or any other religion).

We need to give more than just subjective answers. Some examples of subjective answers would be:

“I just feel it’s true.”
“I get a feeling of peace when I pray.”
“I’ve had an experience.”
“I grew up in the church.”
“Jesus gives me joy.”
“Ever since I became a Christian, my life has straightened out. I used to be a bad person.”

Don’t you think a Mormon (I’m not picking on Mormons specifically, just using them as an example today) would say the exact same thing? Of course they do!

We need to be ready to give people some OBJECTIVE answers and tell them WHY we believe what we believe (1Peter 3:15).

Some examples of objective answers would be,

“The Bible is the only scientifically accurate religious book.”
“There’s reliable eyewitness accounts within the Bible.”
“All of the places and names of people and rulers of different areas have been confirmed by sources outside of the Bible.”
“The Bible is the only book that contains hundreds of specific, accurately fulfilled prophecies.”

Now, let’s try looking at Mormonism. How does it compare?

The Book of Mormon is full of problems. It contradicts the Bible (which it claims to follow). It contains (a lot of) false prophecy. Many doctrinal and grammatical changes have been made since its initial publishing in 1830. It contains extensive plagiarism of the King James Version of the Bible. Independent, non-Mormon archaeological verification is absolutely lacking (the Bible has more than plenty). The Book of Mormon is full of scientific problems. The open-minded individual who is willing to follow the evidence (or in this case, severe lack of evidence) wherever it leads can easily see that the Book of Mormon is an early nineteenth-century piece of American fiction.

That, my friends, is why I believe Christianity is true. It is also the same reason that I don’t believe others.

Overwhelming amounts of evidence for the Bible. Severe lack of evidence for other world religions.

Are Christians behind the scientific curve?

You might have heard at some point that Christians are closed minded and behind the times when it comes to advances in science and knowledge. The truth is, the Bible has always known how the universe works. It is science that is catching up to the knowledge of the Bible, not the other way around. The next time the secular scientific community comes out with some new “theory” about how something works and it contradicts the Bible, don’t worry. A newer theory will replace it soon enough, and eventually they will come to agree with what the Bible has already been saying for thousands of years.  There’s a pattern to how this works…

What the Bible teaches What science used to teach What science teaches now
The earth is free floating in space (Isaiah 40:22) The earth sits on a huge animal The earth is free floating in space
Creation is made of invisible elements (Job 26:7) Science was ignorant of the atomic level activity Creation is made of invisible elements (atoms)
Each star is different   (1 Cor.15:41) All stars are the same Each star is different
Light moves (Job 38:19, 20) Light was fixed in its place Light moves
Winds blow in cyclones   (Ecc. 1:6) Winds blow straight Winds blow in cyclones
Blood is the source of life and health (Lev. 17:11) Sick people must be bled Blood is the source of life and health
The ocean floor contains deep valleys and mountains (2 Sam. 22:16; Jonah 2:6) The ocean floor is flat The ocean floor contains deep valleys and mountains
When dealing with disease, hands should be washed under running water (Lev. 15:13) Hands washed in still water Hands should be washed under running water
There are innumerable stars (Jer. 33:22) There are only 1,100 stars There are innumerable stars
Air has weight (Job 28:25) Air is weightless Air has weight
The ocean contains springs  (Job 38:16) The ocean only is fed by rivers and streams There are deep sea springs

Which one is right?

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Just one, (of many) reasons you can trust the claims of the Bible over other world religions.

The Bible is accurate geographically, historically, and scientifically. For example…

-In one of the oldest books in the Bible, Job said more than 4000 years ago that the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7). Scientists didn’t discover that fact until 1650! Hindus believed that the earth rested on the back of an elephant that stood on the back of a turtle that was swimming in a great endless sea.

-The Qur’an, written in the seventh century AD, says that the sun sets in a muddy spring (Surah 18:86). But 1700 years before Muhammad, David said the sun is actually on a circuit “from one end of heaven…to the other end” (Psalm 19:6).

The Bible has been proven accurate in all its claims. In fact, it has been ahead of the scientific world on a lot of discoveries. It isn’t up until recently that the scientific community has began to understand the scientific principles listed in the Bible. Nothing archaeologically or scientifically has ever proven the Bible wrong.

The same can’t be said about other religious books. Why would you believe something that has been proven false?

Blind faith?

Christians as a whole, usually have this notion that we are to have, “blind faith.” Or that we are to blindly follow Christ. Because of this common misconception, Christians often feel inadequate when their faith is challenged.  They are mocked because when they are asked why they believe in Jesus, they just say, “I have faith.” Many Christians aren’t properly prepared to give an answer to those who ask about what they believe (1 Peter 3:15).

God does not expect us to follow Him blindly or to abandon intellectual thinking or science in order to 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).

I challenge every Christian out there to ask yourself, “Why am I a Christian? Do I really believe what I say I do? Why did I choose Christianity over another religion? Could I defend my position against Mormonism, JW, Buddhists, ect…”