Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Arguments that Christians use
Arguments that Christians often use to combat criticism against their faith:
(I know all of these very well because I used them in my former Christian life.)
1. It's a Christian Thing, You wouldn't understand.
Example:"The natural man cannot perceive the things of God because God is a spirit and those who worship Him must do it in spirit and truth."
2. The Bible wasn't written for unbelievers.
Example: "The Bible was written by God through human hands for the saved. Without divine understanding the Bible would appear to contradict itself and not make sense."
3. You are being deceived by the enemy(Satan).
Example: "Satan is confusing your mind so that you will never see the truth about God's love toward humanity."
4. You are taking the scripture out of context.
Example: "This verse may say this, but it really means this. When you breakdown the Hebrew and the Greek, you can see the underline meaning."
5. You don't want to acknowledge the truth.
Example: "God is showing you mercy, but you are refusing to accept it."
6. You just want to live in sin.
Example: "You don't want to submit to God because you don't want to give up your sinful lifestyle."
7. You need to let the love of God turn your stony heart to flesh.
Example: "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. That's you and me. God wants to save you and shower his love upon you."
8. In hell, you will lift your eyes.
Example: "You don't to take my word for it, when you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, it will be too late."
9. I know getting saved can work for you, since it worked for me.
Example: "Look at my life, see how blessed I am, it's the God in me that makes this possible. If you give your life to Christ, this can happen for you too!"
10. You need to be saved for real.
Example: "You think that God is playing with you, but you will find yourself dead, if you don't get serious about living for him. Don't find yourself being counted among the goats."
These approaches take the onus of criticism away from them by challenging you to look at your lifestyle and see how it squares with Christianity. When confronted with these approaches, simply say: "My lifestyle has nothing to do with my criticism of Christianity or the Bible."