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The short answer is because those laws are no longer in effect.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