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"Rise Up and Walk"
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none: but such as I have give I
thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
. The Fall and God's Plan of Redemption
Let's start at the beginning of the "Fall of Man" in the garden.
40 Objections - Part 1/4
I am not a sinner.
Are you saying you are perfect? If you are, then you're the first perfect
person I've ever met. Are you saying you've never broken the Law of God?
Have you ever lied, cheated, or stolen? If you have, then you are a
sinner whether you think so or not. The laws of God have punishments (a
law without a punishment is only a slogan). As a sinner, you are
separated from God (Isaiah 59:2). However, God loves you enough not to
want you to be separated from Him. He sent Jesus (1 John 4:10) to pay for
your sins on the cross. So, the only way to have your sins forgiven is to
put your trust in Jesus and the sacrifice He made. The Bible says that
everyone has sinned (Rom. 5:12). That means you, too.
What is sin?
Sin is doing what is wrong, as well as not doing what is right. It is
breaking the Law of God (1 John 3:4). In other words, it is doing what is
against God's will. If He says "Do not lie," and you lie, then you have
sinned. If He says "Do not steal," and you steal, then you have sinned.
And, according to God, sin separates you from Him (Isaiah 59:2). Sin is
an offense to God's character. Because God cannot lie, it is wrong for
you to lie. Because God cannot steal, it is wrong for you to steal. Right
and wrong, then, is a manifestation of the character of God. God is holy;
He cannot sin. Sin offends Him personally because they are His laws of
right and wrong you are breaking. If you have offended Him, then you must
find a way to "unoffend" Him. The problem is that you can't, but He can
and has, by offering His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross as a sacrifice
I am too big of a sinner.
Nobody is too big of a sinner. The love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus
are capable of cleansing the worst of all sin. Even Hitler could have
been saved if he would have turned to Christ. You have sinned the same as
anyone else. It is just that your sins are yours. They aren't too big for
God to wipe away. Sin has no power over God, only over you. Let me ask
you something. Do you think murder and adultery are serious sins? Yes?
Well, David, a man in the Bible who was called by God "a man after His
own heart" (Acts 13:22), was a murderer and an adulterer. He even tried
to hide his sin from everyone. But God knew his sins and exposed them.
David repented and threw himself on the mercy of the Lord. God forgave
him and loved him. God loves you, and He will forgive you if you put your
trust in Jesus, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins (Rom. 10:9-10).
What is salvation?
Salvation is the forgiveness of sins. It is only accomplished through
faith in Jesus as Savior. He died on the cross for sins. If you want
salvation, you need to trust in what Jesus did on the cross. Only then
can you have eternal life and be with God. Salvation is saving a person
from damnation. Damnation is judgment upon the sinner. This judgment
consists of God condemning the sinner to eternal punishment in hell. This
is the destination of all who reject God's provision for the forgiveness
of sins. If you want salvation, then you need to recognize that you are a
sinner and ask Jesus to forgive you. He will.
What do I do to get saved?
Salvation is a free gift of God (Rom. 6:23). Jesus bore sin in His body
(1 Pet. 2:24), and paid the penalty for breaking the Law of God, which is
spiritual death (eternal separation from God). If you want salvation, you
need to admit that you are a sinner and that you want Jesus to forgive
you of your sins. You must acknowledge that there is nothing you can do
to earn forgiveness. Pray and ask Him to forgive you. You need to trust
in Jesus. Seek Him; He will save you. Repentance is part of salvation.
Once saved, you should stop doing those things that are displeasing to
God. He will live in you and give you the ability and desire to resist
sin (1 Cor. 10:13). When you are saved, expect to change -- for the
Is baptism necessary for salvation?
No. Faith in Jesus is sufficient for salvation. You don't have to do
anything. Christ has done it all. However, baptism is very important and
all believers should be baptized. If you refuse baptism after salvation,
I would doubt your conversion. There are Christian denominations that
believe baptism is necessary for salvation. The arguments used, on the
surface, seem to be powerful. However, upon examination, baptism is found
to occur after conversion, and is not in any way a cause or part of it.
Take, for example, Acts 10:44-47. While Peter was witnessing, the Holy
Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message...and they
were hearing them speaking in tongues and exalting God. Then Peter
answered, "Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized
who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?" This passage
shows that baptism happens after salvation. How do we know they were
saved? They were speaking in tongues -- which is a gift from God to
believers (1 Cor. 14)and they were exalting God. Non-believers do not
exalt God. Also, Peter said they had received the Holy Spirit. That is
only for Christians, and it happened before baptism. (Note: speaking in
tongues is simply a sign of salvation. It is not necessary that a
Christian speak in tongues as a proof of salvation. Not all speak in
tongues (1 Cor. 12:30). Another set of verses applicable to this issue is
1 Cor. 1:17. Paul says, "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to
preach the gospel..." The gospel is what saves, and it is explained in 1
Cor. 15:1-4. Baptism is not part of the gospel; it is something that the
believer does after salvation. Baptism is only a symbol of that which
saves, and symbols don't save.
I am already good enough.
How good do you have to be to get to Heaven? God is holy, and requires
holiness. Holiness is purity. Even though you may think you are good
enough, even one sin disqualifies you from being in the presence of God.
You could never be good enough. That is why you need Jesus. The Bible
says that there is none good enough. "There is none who does good, there
is not even one," (Rom. 3:12). Goodness is measured by God's standard -
not yours. To say that you are good enough means that Christ did not have
to die. But He did die to save sinners. The Bible says if righteousness
can come by good deeds, then Christ didn't need to die (Gal. 2:21); but
He did, so being good isn't enough.
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I am doing the best I can, and I'm sincere.
Even if you could do far better than you are doing now, you still can't
do well enough, because you don't please God by being good (Gal. 2:21),
but by accepting Jesus (John 1:12). Sincerity is not the way to heaven.
What if you are sincerely wrong? (Remember John 14;6?) If you are relying
on your sincerity, then you are saying because you are sincere, you are
therefore good enough, on your own, to be with God. Don't you see, to
appeal to your sincerity is to appeal to pride, because you are appealing
to something that is in you and not God, for your reason to go to heaven?
I am sorry, sincerity is not enough. You must have faith, in Jesus. How
long have you been doing your best? Has it worked so far? Has it given
you eternal life?
I am skeptical.
Are you honestly looking for answers? If you are, I would be very willing
to talk with you more about Jesus, the Bible, or whatever else you want
to talk about. What are you skeptical about? Perhaps we can talk about
some of the things that you feel keep you from a saving knowledge of
I tried Christianity once.
The Bible says that once you are saved, you are never the same again; you
are a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). If you have gone back to your old ways,
then most probably you were never saved. If, however, you were saved,
then God won't let you stay in rebellion for long. He will deal with you
in whatever way is necessary to bring you back into fellowship with Him.
Did you become a Christian by going to church or by asking Jesus to
forgive you of your sins? The latter makes you a Christian, the former
I knew some Christians once and they wronged me.
Christians aren't perfect. They make mistakes like anyone else. I hope
you can find it in your heart to forgive them. I think that is what they
would do for you. Maybe they didn't know they wronged you. Was it
something really bad or was it just a mistake? Have you gone to them and
spoken to them about it? Maybe if you were to forgive them, you would
begin to understand the forgiveness God has for you. We all need to be
forgiven, don't you agree?
I'll take my chances.
With what, eternity? Eternity is a long time to be wrong. Why would you
want to gamble with something as important as your eternal destiny? It
takes only a moment to trust Christ for your salvation. There will be an
eternity of pain and regret if you don't. You don't take chances with
guns do you? You don't take chances and run red lights do you? Why would
you take a chance on something that is far more important than these?
Don't take a chance on something eternal. It isn't worth it. Jesus said
He was the only way to God. He forgave sins, walked on water, calmed a
storm with a command, raised people from the dead, and rose from the dead
Himself. No one else in all of history has done that. If He can do all
that, don't you think you should listen to Him?
I am not that bad of a person.
Whether or not you feel you are bad or good is not the real issue. The
Bible says that all have sinned (Rom. 3:23). If all have sinned, good or
bad, then all will suffer the judgment of God. God does not require
someone to be pretty good; He requires that he not sin at all. But He
knows that you cannot be sinless. That is why He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have
everlasting life (John 3:16). The Bible says that our good works are
filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6). It isn't saying that we might not
try to be good. It is saying that whatever good we do, it is not good
enough. It also says that there is none who does good (Rom. 3:12). The
standard God seeks is perfection. We cannot please God on our own. That
is why Jesus died on behalf of sinners. If you want to be good enough,
then you must let God see you through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
That is the only goodness that counts to God.
I am too old or too young.
You are never too old to trust in Jesus as your Savior. As long as you
are alive, you can call on Him to forgive you of your sins. He is as
close as the call of your heart. (Granted there may be some who are too
young to understand the Gospel message, but here we will address those
who simply use that as an excuse.) Youth is a blessing from God. Don't
use it as an excuse to stay away from Him. If you can understand what sin
is, and your need for deliverance from it, then you are not too young to
receive Jesus as your Savior. He saves everyone, young and old.
I can't believe in a God who would send people to Hell.
Hell was originally created for Satan and his angels. In the future it
will contain those who join Satan in rejecting God. If you reject God's
provision for the forgiveness of your sins, then you will join the Devil
who rejected God from the beginning. Is that what you want? Could you
believe in a God who would become a human, suffer at the hands of humans,
and be killed by them, all so that His death could be the payment for
their sins? That is extremely loving. God is saving people who deserve to
go to Hell - and we all deserve that. Remember that the same God that
sends people to Hell also died for them. If they reject what God has
provided, then what is God left to do? He would have to judge them.
Whether you believe in something or not does not change the fact of its
existence. Jesus spoke often of Hell (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:47-48; Luke
16:19-31), and warned us so we would not go there. Would you say Jesus
didn't know what He was talking about? Are you implying that it is unjust
for God to send people to hell? If so, then you accuse God of injustice.
Sin is wrong and it must be punished. What would you have God do to those
who oppose Him and do evil? Do you want Him to ignore that which is
wrong? Do you want Him to turn His head and not be holy and righteous?
I will worry about it in the next life.
That you may very well do, forever. Eternity is a long time to be wrong,
especially about Jesus. God has warned us in the Bible that it is
appointed for men to die once, then judgment (Heb. 9:27). After death,
you will be judged. Do you want to face eternity without the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ accounted to you? God hates sin and you have sinned. God
will punish sinners if they reject Jesus. However, He loves you. That is
why He sent His Son to die for sins. If you want eternal life, then you
need to worry about it now. Eternity is a long time to be wrong,
especially about Jesus. There is no next life. Reincarnation isn't true.
The Bible says after death you face God (Heb. 9:27).
I don't want to give up what I like doing.
Are you saying you must stop doing what you're doing now, if you become a
Christian? That means you know it is wrong. Let me ask you something. If
you were to become a Christian, and God was to live in your heart, and
you looked back upon your life, would you say to yourself now, "I did a
lot of things I wish I hadn't done?" Probably so. The Bible speaks
about just such a thing. In Rom. 6:21 it says, "What benefit were you
then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed, for the
outcome of those things is death" (NASB). What you are saying is that God
will require you to give up certain things that you like to do. Since God
only wants what is good and right, and you say you don't want to give up
what you are doing, then you are saying you want what is wrong. Will you
let your pleasures get in the way of salvation? Is your life of sin worth
an eternity of pain? Jesus said, "What will it profit a man if he gains
the whole world but loses his soul?" (Mark 8:36).
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Christianity is boring.
Then you haven't experienced it. No one who is a Christian will ever say
that it is boring. How do you know? Have you tried it? There are millions
of Christians who have a lot of fun being Christian. We just do it with a
lot less sin, and therefore, a lot less problems. Maybe it's only your
problems that keep you from getting bored. What do you think we do all
day, sit around fireplaces and read Bibles? We ski, swim, play sports,
read, have friends and problems like anybody else. Christianity is not
boring. It is an adventure.
I am an atheist. I don't believe in God.
An atheist is defined in two senses: Someone who says he believes there
is no God, and someone who simply lacks belief in God. An atheist cannot
say he knows there is no God, because he would have to know all things in
order to know if there is or isn't a God. If he says he believes there
is no God, ask him why he believes that way, and begin there. If he says
he lacks belief in God, then ask what he does believe in, and start
there. I always get around to the question of, "How did we get here?"
Since creation and evolution are the only options, I have something
further to work with. Evolution has a lot of problems with it. It seems
to me that it takes a lot of faith to believe that you developed out of
ocean slime, simply by chance. At least as a Christian I have the
evidence of the resurrection of Christ from eyewitnesses as recorded by
them in the Gospels. Evolution or not, Jesus rose from the dead, said He
was God, and forgave sins. I'll put my faith in Him instead of evolution.
An agnostic says he doesn't know if there is or isn't a God. (Usually
after saying this I challenge them to explain the prophecies of the Old
Testament fulfilled in the New. I state how the Bible is unique that way,
and that only God can make prophecies that are 100% accurate. Then I ask
him to explain how that could be done if there is no God.) If there is no
God as you say, then in the end I lose nothing. But if there is a God
like I say, in the end you lose everything. Why don't you believe in God?
Is there any reason for you to intelligently reject His existence? Or, do
you simply desire not to believe in Him? The Bible doesn't attempt to
prove that God exists. It simply speaks as though He does. Maybe I can't
prove to you there is a God, but I can introduce Him to you through His
Son Jesus Christ, and you can judge for yourself if the Words of Christ
in the Bible convince you of His existence. (Note: We exist. How did we
get here? An atheist's only option would be to say evolution. If you
study evolution, by reading Christian books that reveal and document its
many serious problems, then you will be able to weaken the atheist's
belief in it. The logic is simple: If evolution and creation are the only
options, to remove one is to support the other. Therefore, learn as much
as you can about evolution. Your witness will be greatly strengthened.
However, evolution does not explain the origin of life, only its
development. Discussions on origins of life are interesting in
I am trying to be a Christian.
You become a Christian by simply putting your trust in Jesus and His
sacrifice for you on the cross. There is no "trying" involved. If you
trust Jesus, if you ask Him to forgive you of your sins and be your
Savior, then you are a Christian. It is living like a Christian after
you've become one, that is difficult. If you believe that in order to
become a Christian you must be good, then you misunderstand, or don't
have a good understanding of salvation. A Christian is a Christian by the
gift of God (Rom. 6:23), not the work of man (Eph. 2:8-9). There is
nothing you can do to earn salvation or keep salvation. It is simply
something God freely gives you. If you want it, confess your sins,
repent, turn to God, and trust Jesus as your only Savior. Then, and only
then, will you become a Christian.
I am already religious.
Who said God wants you to be religious? He wants a relationship with you.
Religion is man's attempt to reach God. Christianity is God reaching man.
1 Cor. 1:9 says that God wants you to have fellowship with Jesus. He is
talking about a relationship, Someone you can talk to. He doesn't want to
weigh you down with a bunch of do's and don't's. He wants to extend a
loving hand to you, and help you live a good clean life. But that cannot
be done until the real problem in you is done away with, and that is sin.
Sin separates you from God (Isaiah 59:2). If you want salvation instead
of "religion," then go to Jesus. Seek Him. He will never let you down. I
see. Where do you attend church?
I don't need God.
If you say you don't need Him, then you believe He exists. If you do, why
would you say you don't need Him? Isn't He the One who determines your
destiny? Doesn't He have the authority and power to do as He pleases and
to send you to Heaven or Hell? It is foolish to say you don't need the
One who is your Creator, who loves you and has provided the way for
forgiveness of sin. You need God because only He can cleanse you from
your sins. What do you need? Are you really doing that well without God?
Are you happy with the way things are in your life? If you aren't, then
you need Jesus. And even if you are happy, you still need Him, because
you can't take what makes you happy with you when you die.
I have things I need to do before I become a Christian.
Like what? Why do you need to do these things before you come to God? Are
they bad things or good? If they are bad, then you shouldn't do them. If
they are good, why can't you become a Christian and then do them? Nothing
you can do could be more important than your relationship with God. To
put Him off is unwise. What if you die before you become a Christian?
Then you would be eternally without hope. Your statement implies you
believe following God will mean you won't be able to do the things you
want to do. If that is true, then that means the things you intend to do
would displease God. Are you saying you prefer to do something God
wouldn't want you to do? If that is so, you are willfully sinning against
God, and putting yourself in a dangerous situation. That is all the more
reason you need His forgiveness.
I prefer to remain open-minded.
Open-mindedness means looking at everything honestly. Are you willing to
do that with Christianity? Do you want to see what Jesus has said, and
learn about what He can offer you? If you say you are going to remain
open-minded, and not accept Christianity, then in reality, you are being
very closed-minded. Maybe Christianity is true. Your "open-mindedness"
could keep you from discovering it.
I already believe in God.
Are you living your life as if that were true? Does your belief in God
affect the way you live, or do you still do entirely as you please? If
you say you believe in God, then how do you know what He wants for you?
Are you in contact with Him? Do you just trust whatever you feel is
right? The Bible says the Devil believes in God (James 2:19), and he is
lost. If all you do is simply believe that God exists, then you are no
better off than he is. It is not intellectual acknowledgment of God's
existence that God wants, but your accepting the sacrifice Jesus made on
behalf of sinners that pleases God. Simply believing is not enough. You
must choose to follow Him. It is not that you believe; it is who you put
your faith in. Who is this God you believe in? Is He the Christian one?
Is he Allah? Is he from another planet? Is he whatever you feel is right?
Is he loving? Believing in God is fine unless your god is false. The
important thing is that you must believe in the true God, not a false
one, and the true God is found in the Bible.
I'll choose God later.
If you won't choose Him now, what makes you think you'll choose Him
later? The longer you go without God, the harder it will be for you to
come to Him. The longer you sin, the harder your heart will become, and
the further from God you will be (Heb. 3:13). To wait is to invite
damnation. God calls you to repent from sin now, not later. Which will
you choose? If you say you will choose Him later, do you admit then that
you need Him now? If so, then why do you wait? You might die soon, and
then it would be too late.
There are too many hypocrites in the church.
Church is a good place for hypocrites, as well as liars and thieves. It
is there they will be exposed to the Word of God, and learn that
hypocrisy is wrong. For you to judge those in the church is to condemn
yourself, because we are all hypocrites in one form or another. Your
recognition and condemnation of it tells me you know it is wrong. Is it
hypocrisy to point a finger at the church full of sinners when you
yourself are one as well? It has been said that you must be smaller than
the thing you hide behind. Are you hiding behind the hypocrisy of others
to keep yourself out of church? You must realize that you are responsible
for yourself and God won't ask others about you on judgment day. He will
come to you and ask you to give an account for your life. The hypocrites
in the church will also stand before God, with or without you there.
People don't counterfeit pennies. Why do you think there are hypocrites?
Because Christianity is valuable.
Why are we here? Or, Why did God make us?
God made us so we could glorify Him and have fellowship with Him (1 John
1:1-3). He made Adam and Eve and put them in the garden, and then He
walked in fellowship with them. He gave them the greatest thing they
could have, His love and presence. After they sinned, God said, "Adam,
where are you?" God sought Adam. In Exodus 25:8 God said to Moses while
Israel was in the wilderness, "And let them construct a sanctuary for Me,
that I may dwell among them." In the New Testament in John 1:14 it says,
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt (tabernacled) among us..."(1) God
seeks our presence. He wants to have fellowship with us. He made us to
give us His love and enjoy His presence. But, man sinned and separated
Himself from God. That is why Christ died for sins, that our fellowship
with God would be restored.
What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
That is a good question. The Bible says that God is a just God. We know
that whatever He does is right. When it comes to those who have never
heard the Gospel, He will do what is right, whatever that is. But as for
you, you have heard the Gospel and He will judge you according to how you
respond. He is calling you to repentance, to turn from sin and come to
Him. Romans 2:11-16 speaks about those who have never heard the Law of
God, and how they will be judged according to the law that is written in
their hearts. The Law written in their hearts is the knowledge of right
and wrong. Perhaps God's judgment of those without a proper knowledge of
Him is included there where it says that they will be judged according to
their own consciences that "bear witness, and their thoughts alternately
accusing or else defending them." All I know is that God will do what is
right, and the only way to have your sins forgiven is through Jesus.
Jesus is only one of many great men of history.
Granted, Jesus was a great man of history. That is a fact. But, He is
different from all the other great men of history. How many great men of
history rose from the dead, calmed a sea, walked on water, raised others
from the dead, healed sickness, and forgave sins? There aren't any others
that I know of. Do you know of any? These things make Him more than
great. They make Him special and unique. You are right, Jesus was a great
man. But let me ask you. If He were great, would He lie? Of course not.
If He were great, would He be insane? No. You see, Jesus said He was God
(John 1:1,14; 10:30-33; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 1:8). If He
were lying, we shouldn't listen to Him, and we couldn't call Him great.
If He were insane, then we shouldn't listen to Him, and again, we
couldn't call Him great. If He is great, then He must be telling the
truth. And He was great, right? John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the
Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Verse 14 says,
"and the Word became flesh..." The Word is Jesus. This means that Jesus
is God in flesh. If this is so, then He cannot be merely "a great man of
history." He would be far more than that.
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Why is there evil and suffering in the world?
The question implies that if a good God exists, then evil shouldn't
because God, being all powerful, should stop it. We need to ask and
answer two questions. First, what is evil? It is that which is against
God. It is anything morally bad or wrong. It is injurious, depraved,
wicked. Some acceptable examples might be murder, rape, stealing, lying,
and cheating. Second, if we want God to stop evil, do we want Him to stop
all evil, or just some of it? In other words, if just some of it, then
why? If He were to stop only part of the evil, then we would still be
asking the question, "Why is there evil in the world?"
Let's suppose that someone was about to commit murder. God would have to
stop him, maybe whisper in his ear, or if that didn't work, do something
a little more drastic, like have something fall on him, or stop his
heart, or make his hands suddenly fall off. Anyway, God would have to do
something. What if somebody wanted to steal? God would have to stop him
too, right? Undoubtedly, God's imagination would permit a more practical
method than I have suggested, but the end results would be the same. What
about lying? If someone were to tell a lie, then to be consistent
wouldn't you want God right there to stop that person from lying? After
all, He couldn't let any evil occur, could He? Let's take it a step
further. Suppose someone thought something evil. Then, of course, God
would have to step in and prevent him from thinking anything bad at all,
right? The end result would be that God could not allow anyone to think
freely. Since everyone thinks, and no one thinks only pure thoughts, God
would be pretty busy, and we wouldn't be able to think. Anyway, at what
point do we stop - at the murder level, stealing level, lying level, or
thinking level? As your question implies, if you want God to stop evil,
you would have to be consistent and want Him to do it everywhere all the
time, not just pick and choose. It wouldn't work. 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. God is
sovereign; He has the right to do as He wishes. He has the right to
permit evil for accomplishing His ultimate will. How can He do that?
Simple, look at the Cross. It was by evil means that men lied and
crucified Jesus. Yet God in His infinite wisdom used this evil for good.
It was on the Cross that Jesus bore our sins in His body (1 Peter. 2:24)
and it is because of the Cross that we have forgiveness of sins. Consider
the biblical example of Joseph in the Old Testament. He was sold into
slavery by his brothers. Though they meant it for evil, God meant it for
good (Gen. 50:20). God is so great that nothing happens without His
permission, and in that permission His ultimate plan unfolds. In His plan
He is able to use for good what man intends for evil. God is in control.
What makes Jesus so special? Because of Who He said He was; He said He
was God. In John 8:58, Jesus said, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, before
Abraham was, I AM." When He said, "I AM," He was quoting from the Old
Testament in Exodus 3:14. That is where Moses was talking to God, and
asked Him His name. God answered and said, "I AM." When Jesus said "I
AM," He was claiming the name of God for Himself, and thereby claiming to
be God. Other great men of history point to a philosophy and teach good
ideas. Only Jesus pointed to Himself, claimed to be God, and spoke with
authority that matched His claim. Because of what He did; Jesus forgave
sins (Luke 5:20). He rose from the dead (Luke 24; John 2:19-21), raised
others from the dead (John 11:43-44), and He walked on water (John 6:19).
No one on earth has ever done the things Jesus did. There is no way
around it- Jesus is special; about that, there can be no doubt.
Why did Jesus have to die in order for me to go to heaven?
Because the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Though Jesus never sinned
(1 Peter. 2:22), He bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter.
2:24), and died in our place. Instead of God making us pay for our sins,
He did it Himself by becoming one of us. Two things happen when we sin:
one to God and one to ourselves. When we sin, God is offended. Why?
Because it is His Law that we are breaking. Also, when we sin, we are
killed. We don't die right there on the spot, but we will face a death
that is far more severe. Sin kills us (Rom. 6:23) by causing eternal
separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). God hates sin (Hab. 1:13), and sin
must be punished. Since we are unable to please God because we are all
sinners, He made an offering that is pleasing to Himself. That offering
was the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. There was no other way. If there
were, God would have done it.
What makes you think the Bible is the word of God?
Prophecy: The Old Testament was written before Jesus was ever born. The
New Testament was written by the men who knew Jesus, who walked with Him,
ate with Him, and learned from Him. In the O.T. there are prophecies
concerning His birthplace (Micah 5:1-2), that He would be born of a
virgin (Isaiah 7:14), that He would be rejected by His own people (Isaiah
53:3), that He would be betrayed by a close friend (Isaiah 41:9), that He
would die by having His hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16-18), and that
He would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10, 49:15). In the N.T. all these
prophecies, and many more, are fulfilled by Jesus. Now, this is the
question you must answer: "If the Bible is not inspired from God, then
why does it have so many fulfilled prophecies?" How is that possible if
the Bible were not from God? Only God knows the future, has power over
it, and can look into it to tell us exactly what will happen. In the
Bible we have the fingerprints of God: fulfilled prophecy! Wisdom: The
Bible is full of the greatest truths about man and God, sin, and
salvation. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) is beautiful in its
wisdom, humility, and love. The Psalms are incredible poetry of great
depth and beauty. The N.T. epistles are great descriptions of love,
forgiveness, longsuffering, kindness, etc. (Even if you don't want to
become a Christian, studying the truth God has revealed in the Bible will
greatly help you in your life.) The aim is not to merely get the person
to use the Bible as a guide to good living, but to encourage him to read
it. This way, he will at least be reading the Word of God, and be that
much closer to conversion, because God's Word will accomplish what He
wants it to (Isaiah 55:11).
The Bible was written so that it would only look like Jesus fulfilled
Then what you are saying is that the New Testament writers lied about
Jesus. He really didn't rise from the dead, and all those miracles about
Him are really false, right? I could see your point, but there is just
one problem. How do you account for the writers of the New Testament
teaching about truth, love, honesty, giving, etc. all based on lies? Why
would they suffer hardships like beatings, starvation, shipwreck,
imprisonments, and finally execution for nothing but lies? What you are
saying doesn't make sense, and raises more questions than it answers. The
only logical explanation is that the fulfilled prophecies really did
happen. Jesus actually rose from the dead. He performed miracles, and He
forgave sins. He forgave sins then, and He can still do it now. My sins
are forgiven, are yours? Please note that many cult members will die for
their faith as well. But they die for something they believe in, not for
something they have actually seen. Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses
all die for their faith. But the New Testament believers died for what
they saw and believed, not for what they believed only. That is a big
difference. The N.T. writers died claiming that they had seen the risen
Lord. The cult members die for what they believe, and we know that
believing doesn't make it true.
The Bible is full of contradictions.
Really. Do you know of any? Could you quote me one or two? (Just in case
someone actually does quote what he thinks is a contradiction, it is up
to you to give a competent answer (1 Peter. 3:15). If you can't, don't
worry. Simply tell him that you will research it and get back with him,
and make sure you do.) There are areas of Scripture that are difficult to
understand. This does not mean the Bible is untrustworthy. A very good
book to have is the Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer,
Zondervan Publishing House, (Grand Rapids, Michigan).
How do I know which religion is right?
This is a difficult question to answer because it involves discussing
some principles that the person you are witnessing to may or may not
agree with. For example, does he or she agree with you that truth is
knowable, that God would attempt to communicate with His people, or that
only one religion may be right? Usually, I start by acknowledging the
difficulty of coming to an easy answer. However, I tell them that I do
have an answer; I am sure it is the right one, because it is an answer
based on evidence. What kind of evidence? Prophecy and its fulfillment
(see question # 34), Jesus and His miracles, the resurrection of Christ,
etc. Then I ask that person if he or she knows of these things happening
in other religions.(1) The answer is invariably, "No." Then I point out
that they have only happened in Christianity. If any religion were true,
Christianity fits the bill.
Religion is whatever you feel is right.
How do you know what you feel is right? Haven't your feelings ever turned
out to be wrong? Are you are saying that what you feel determines truth?
If so, then you are putting yourself in the place of God, and looking to
yourself for what you "feel" is right. If religion is whatever you feel
is right, then that could lead to chaos. What if some people had a
religion where they felt stealing was acceptable? And what about lying
and cheating? Would you trust someone who believed in a religion that
felt it was all right to steal, lie, and cheat? Hitler felt killing Jews
was right. He was wrong. The Bible says that the heart is deceitful and
untrustworthy (Jer. 17:9). If you could come to know truth by what you
felt, then the Bible, which is the revelation of God, didn't need to be
written. But it has been written, and it has revealed that only God is
the Source of truth, not your feelings. I've never known truth to
contradict itself. What if someone felt that something was right, and
another person felt it was wrong? Would they both be right? If your
statement is true, then how could there be a contradiction like that, if
feelings determined truth?
All religions are different paths to the same place.
If all religions are different paths to the same place, then why do the
paths contradict each other? Does truth contradict itself? Let's review
the teachings of just three religions: Buddhism is pantheistic and 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, as you
say, different paths to the same place, then why do they contradict each
other? Does truth contradict itself?
What about dinosaurs and evolution?
See the section on Evolution. Also, you could read a couple of books:
Evolution - The Fossils Say No! by Duane T. Gish (Creation Life
Publishers, San Diego), and Man's Origin, Man's Destiny by A. E.
Wilder-Smith. Bethany House Publishers, (Minneapolis, Minn.). Both books
will help you greatly. Even if evolution were true (it isn't - but just
for the sake of argument, let's assume it is), does that mean there is no
God? How do you know God didn't use it to get us here? (I am not teaching
that evolution is true, nor that God used it, which is called theistic
evolution; I am simply reasoning with them.) If you believe in evolution,
does that mean you aren't a sinner? God won't accept the excuse that you
believed in evolution and not Him. Have you examined evolution to see if
it is true? Evolution is not all that you are led to believe. There are
all kinds of problems in the fossil record. New theories are being raised
all the time to account for why there aren't any undisputed transitional
forms found between any species of any kind, anywhere, anytime in all the
fossil record. But you wouldn't know these things because you haven't
studied. You need to know the facts about evolution, and you need to know
the facts about Jesus.
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